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As new releases keep streaming in to our store, the challenge becomes one of keeping up with the sampling of these wines. Joining us on Saturday will be Garvey Daniels of American Wines and Spirits, the importer and distributor of many of our offerings. Garvey kindly substituted for me two weeks ago while I was on vacation, but wanted to return and acquaint our customers with some of the many new arrivals on which we’ve taken delivery since then. He is a charming young man and very knowledgeable on the wines in his portfolio. Those of you who have finished your peddling about town in the Tour de Palm Springs, and are still capable of standing, are invited to join the party.
2006 Torrediluna Pinot Grigio Venezie, Italy
The wine is straw colored with green highlights. The bouquet is floral with hints of pear. Befitting a proper Pinot Grigio, the wine is dry and of good body. The aroma is replicated in the flavor profile and finishes most pleasantly. This is a perfect choice for clams, mussels, squid, octopus and grilled fish.
2005 Premius Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux
Some of the most world’s most expensive Sauvignon Blancs come from the Bordeaux region of France where bottlings can fetch over $100.00 a bottle. This one may be plebian by comparison, but nevertheless a fine value, providing a soft landing in the pocket book. The flavors are exotic with orange citrus elements adding to the fresh crispness of the experience.
2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Viognier, La Violette, Pays d’Oc
This wine from the South of France gets its name from the floral bouquet not unlike violets. In the mouth the wine is rich and rather complex, showing elements of stone fruits, litchi nuts and a hint of anise. It is quite impressive in its well structured presentation.
2005 Arnold Palmer Chardonnay, Santa Barbara
Let’s touch down on California soil for at least one wine in the line-up with Palmer’s Chardonnay which is produced at the Luna Winery of Napa Valley at their Graton, Sonoma County facility. In years past we tasted the first two vintages which proved to be adequate wines for the price. Here, however, the Luna Winery has leapt forward with considerable improvement in the overall quality. The wine shows exotic fruit and a viscous quality that coats the mouth thoroughly, offering a long finish balanced with crisp acidity. Very nice.
2004 Castello di Monastero Sangiovese, Toscana
This is a wine of Tuscany though outside of the delimited area of Chianti. Although is comprised of 100% Sangiovese grapes, the primary grape of Chianti, it must defer to the Toscana appellation. It is a pleasant and fruity red, characteristic of the varietal and focuses on ripe cherry fruit. Treat it as you would regular Chianti and pair it with pastas and pizzas and such.
2004 Trapiche Shiraz, Oak Cask, Mendoza, Argentina
From the foothills of the Andes comes this benchmark producer of Malbec. Today, however, we will be pouring Trapiche’s Shiraz which is an excellent value at this price. The wine is of medium color with assertive, bright aromas of red fruits and licorice. On the palate it is peppery and lively, with spicy fruit flavors and a well-balanced, food-friendly mouthfeel. Try it with pizza, grilled meats, beef and BBQ.