Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Dry Unfiltered Amber Wine

Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Dry Unfiltered Amber Wine 2011

Kakheti, Republic of Georgia

I recently waxed poetic about the rich history of wine-making in the Republic of Georgia. When I got back from my trip I was tickled to learn that I could find wines from Pheasant's Tears in New York and DC! I picked up this gem in my neighborhood wine shop.

Like the Alaverdi Rkatsiteli, this is a skin fermented white wine made in traditional Qvevri.

Review: The wine is a medium amber color with pronounced aromas of dried orange rind, honey and earthy dried leaves and mushrooms. The Rkatsiteli is fully dry with zesty acidity and fine grained, slightly grippy tannin creating a lush round body. The flavors are full on savory (forest floor, mushroom, dried thyme, washed rind cheese), set upon a background of delicate honey and orange blossom. The finish is moderate in length.

Food Pairing: A perfect pair with rich, creamy Khachapuri. This traditional Georgian cheesey bread will be balanced by the round character and bright acid in the Rkatsiteli.

Bottom Line: I'm always intrigued by amber (orange) wines and this is no exception. Bright, savory, interesting texture. A guaranteed conversation piece.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Kakheti, Georiga
  • GRAPE: Rkatsiteli
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink Now through 2018

Where did I get it? Planet Wine
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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