The Perfect Spring Wine?

Straight from the glass, a sweet bouquet of strawberry, kiwi, persimmon, and florals.  Just so expressive, like spring in a bottle.  Similar NZ Sauvignon Blanc in terms of nose tingling intensity, but leans more ripe strawberry and floral than grassiness, pyrazines, or grapefruit.  In the mouth, the wine is delicate, but refreshing with a touch of residual sugar.  Not enough to throw the wine out of balance or make you think “this is sweet” – the acidity buttresses the sweetness leaving you think it was fermented dry. 

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Michael Davis
Solid Gold Cadillac

as with the best Sauternes, the name of the game here is balance. Yes it's ripe and sticky, unctuous and mouth-coating...but it's also bright, lively, and full of energy. Great acidity, restrained sugar levels, and intense complexity all make this an excellent dessert wine with or without dessert (we had it without dessert, and it was just perfect). The finish is long and glimmering, but clean and proper too. For better or for worse, you will want more, even after the first bottle is gone. Well, of course, the kicker here is the price tag. How's $15 sound? Oh, yeah, that's for a 750mL, not a split. Seriously. This wine has no business being this inexpensive.

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Michael Davis
Argiolas Cannonau Di Sardegna 'Costera' 2016

Once upon a time (before I could afford Barolo and Brunello) my go-to red for red sauce pastas, pizza, and other southern Italian fare was Cannonau, specifically from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.  My friend, Rita, a native Sardinian, introduced me to it back when we worked in the tasting room at King Family Vineyards. I was hooked.  It had so many of the characteristics I liked (and still like) in a wine: Juicy ripe fruit, spice, power, and length.  It delivered nuance and complexity without having to wait for bottle age, or spending big bucks.

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Michael Davis