August's Wines of the Month
Can you believe that August is here already? This month’s selections were curated with hot and humid days, sometimes nights in the month of August when all you may want is something on the lighter and refreshing side. I would never recommend dropping ice cubes into any wine glass unless it is a glass of sangria, but every wine in this month’s six pack was chosen with the intention of being chilled and that even goes for the reds. If you must put something in your wine glass to keep the beverage cold, may I suggest using frozen grapes.
Here we go…
The Rose…yes, we’ve included two Rose this month. They’re refreshing. You’ll thank us later.
Vino de la Tierra Castillo, Spain
Pale salmon color, no rim, looks slightly fizzy in the glass. Very few and very short legs. Minerally, gun flint, a tad of earthy notes, umami on the nose with wet stones and a hint of citrus. On the palate, it’s a bit zippy from the acidity with a slight grapefruit pith, not very fruity, but fresh. A blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.
Axel des Vignes Bordeaux Rose
A well-balanced rose with superb strawberry and redcurrant notes. Perfect with light meals, charcuterie and cheese, BBQ or by itself. With its primary grapes of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, this rose is slightly darker and denser than your typical Provencal rose, with aromas of cherry and strawberries, and a bright, refreshing finish.
The Lemongrass Sauvignon Blanc
Mooiplaas vineyards lie on steep slopes of ancient mineral rich soils in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch, overlooking Cape Town. The Lemongrass is mostly Sauvignon Blanc with small amounts of Semillon and Chenin Blanc, showing typical tropical fruit, citrus flavors supported by a lively acidity and minerality. Light, crisp and dry wine with good freshness and minerality. Well balanced and clean, fruity wine with a lingering palate. The grapes are grown in the mineral rich Cape granite soils in Stellenbosch. Try with light dishes, salads or white meats. Understanding the similarities not only between southern hemisphere Sauv Blancs, but Sauv Blans in general is key. Taste the wine and compare it to others you might enjoy.
Costa do Sol Vinho Verde
Yes...we had a Vinho Verde last month and here’s another one this month not because we’re lazy but you’ll thank us when you crack this wine open on a hot afternoon. RE-Fresh-ing!!! The North-West of Portugal is home to the Vinho Verde region, producing lovely, zingy whites from local grapes. “Verde” means green, referring to the tradition of drinking Vinho Verde wines while they are young. Costa do Sol represents the finest that Vinho Verde has to offer, and is meant to be enjoyed on a warm day or evening surrounded by friends. Easy drinking, off-dry and fresh, this Vinho Verde is perfect for any time, any day with citrusy ripe golden apple and tropical fruit flavors and a pert, easygoing finish this is a crowd pleaser that will be as at home with a brunch spread or an appetizer or cheese course in an elaborate meal. A classic blend of Loureiro and Trajadura.
Humberto Canale Estate Pinot Noir
All estate grown fruit, owned by the vineyard. Patagonia Pinot Noir has a distinct flavor to itself as it should. Not quite Burgundian, not quite Californian. An elegant, delicate and complex wine, with a garnet-red color. Notes of fresh red fruits such as cherry and strawberry, and spices. The oak makes its contribution with light notes of vanilla. On the palate, light body, with soft and round tannins that give it a long and persistent finish. Very well balanced Pinot Noir with a persistent finish. 20% of the wine is aged in French oak for 7 months followed by 6 months in the bottle.
Central Valley, Chile
You’ve met the Tagua Carmenere a few months ago. Their lineup of wines are incredible and offer tremendous value. The Syrah fit into this month’s line up because it’s on the lighter side of what usually can be a dark, full tannic grape varietal. Dark red with purple hues. Subtle aromas of herbs and notes of wild flowers. On the palate, balanced acidity and notes of ripe berries, mocha. Medium finish. Simple but well done, dark fruits and spices, vanilla notes, medium- bodied, short finish. Paired with pizza.
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