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What it is: Stupid-cheap Bobal from Spain that is both delicious and complex.
Why you need it: When Ryder first offered out a Bobal a few months ago, I was intrigued. Now, I'm a convert. This grape does magical things and the price (sub-$10) is too sweet to pass up. This needs to be in your house by the caseload for the coming months.
All of which is to say, if you're a fan of Beaune whites like Chassagne-Montrachet, or of moderately-oaked California Chards, you really owe it to yourself to see what $21 can get you in the Macon in 2017. I'm pretty sure you'll be as smitten as we are.
As we enjoy Virginia's two-week-long Spring season, we must remember that it's about to get warm. Very, very warm. So, as you peel yourself off your lawn chair to get something to drink, make it this: A dry, citrusy German Riesling with screaming acidity, in a bottle big enough that you don't have to get up all that often.
Today’s wine needs no theme, no double-entendre, puns, or any other form of metaphorical prose. Simply put: It’s a staple. The kind of wine you keep on-hand for the same reason you keep butter or olive oil. You just need it. There’re many wines I can live without; Chianti is NOT one of them.
Rosemont manages to highlight complexities to Chambourcin previously unknown to us while at the same time taming the stereotypical ‘fox’ notes that we still associate with anything that isn’t vinifera. They craft a complex and clean sparkling wine that I’d swap out for a rose prosecco without a second thought.
We’ve written previously about the glut of Cali Chard in the $10-$15 and $30-$50 ranges. On the lower end, you get a lot of new oak flavor and flab with very few examples proving to be anything close to ‘outstanding’ in quality. On the higher end, you end up paying for the prestige of the label, the real estate, the fancy tasting room experience, etc. To be sure, the wines can be good, even fabulous, but they’re not for the everyday consumer just looking for something delicious to drink on a Tuesday…
This is far from the first time I've had the wines of Hautes Cances, and some of you might remember it as well. Nearly two years ago, Guild co-founder and wine OG Will Richey recommended the wines of Hautes Cances – and many of us fell in love with these wines.
The best way I can describe this wine is a baby Brunello without as much barrel, and it's also more approachable due to the Syrah, Merlot, and Cab Sauv. This does see some wood - 15 months in big oak casks - but it's more of a structural move than it is a flavor addition. This is more straightforward, and less of a commitment on a weeknight, than Brunello, and it comes in at a very meagre $18 price tag (good luck finding worthy Brunello at twice that price).
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.