Monday, August 22, 2016

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Cecilia Beretta Prosecco

Cecilia Beretta Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut 2015
Verona, Italy

I moved to Nashville, Tennessee a few months ago. In my honor (well, no, but wouldn't that have been nice?) Davidson County has started to allow wine to be sold in the grocery store! Huzzah! I was out at my local Trader Joe's, saw this sparkler on the shelf for a whopping $9.99, and decided to give it a special new home.

The Cecilia Beretta Prosecco is from the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore region in the heart of Treviso. I was particularly excited to see a wine with this level of geographic specificity (production area is limited to 15 communes) and quality level (DOCG Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) for this price.

Review: This Prosecco is a soft straw yellow with large, streaming bubbles. It has bright aromas of ripe bosc pears, yellow apples, and fragrant white flowers. On the palate the wine is a hint off dry, reinforcing the ripe nature of the wine: more pears, lemon, and lemon meringue pie. 

I particularly like the ripe, overall luscious impression this wine gives with its intense fruit flavors and round texture.

Food Pairing: We paired this with leftover lasagna on a Monday night. Worked great!

Bottom Line: Great concentration and texture. Amazing price!
Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2015
  • PLACE: Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita)
  • GRAPE: Glera
  • BOOZE: 11% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now
Where did I get it? Trader Joe's
What's the damage? Low Priced 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner

Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner 2015
Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria
This wine is made by Martin Mittelbach at his family's Tegernseerhof winery.  The Tegernseerhof family has been making wine in the Wachau since 1176. Needless to say, they know their stuff!

The Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner gets it name from Tank 26 - the tank from which it was hand selected during its first vintage. This wine is classified as Federspiel, a measure of potential alcohol used in the Wachau, indicating that the finished dry wine will have an alcohol between 11.5 and 12.5 percent.

Review: The T26 is a pale gold color with aromas of green melon and ripe citrus. The palate is dry with the smallest hint of an oily texture, and is dominated by minerals, yellow apples, and white pepper. The finish is long and deliciously refreshing. 

Food Pairing: I enjoyed this wine on pizza night! The acidity was the perfect counterpoint to a pie topped with nutty Fontina and salty prosciutto. 

Bottom Line: The balance and brightness in the T26 just can't be beat.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2015
  • PLACE: Wachau, Niederösterreich, Austria
  • GRAPE: Grüner Veltliner
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2018

Where did I get it? DCanter Wines
What's the damage? Mid Priced

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jim Barry The Cover Drive

Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Coonawarra, Australia
So, confession time. I know this might be verboten among wine people, but I'm not the biggest fan of BIG red wines. Many rich, opulent California style Cabernets just fall flat with me. I'm looking for more acidity, more bite, less oak...

You can just imagine my joy when I discovered the wonderful Cabernets of Coonawarra a few years back. The wines I've tasted have been delicious examples of pure Cab, without being (what I would consider) over ripe or over oaked. Perfect for me!

Review: The Cover Drive (named for an old cricket field, the one which the vineyard now resides) is a deep ruby color. It has fresh aromas of blackberry, black currant leaf, and sweet green herbs. The palate is dry with moderate acidity and smooth, fine grained tannin. The black fruits (blackberry, plum, currant) dominate the palate with just a hint of toasty oak and sweet vanilla. Mint - a signature of Coonawarra Cab - comes out, particularly on the finish. 

Food Pairing: Lamb burgers made with dill and parsley. The herbs in the burger play beautifully with the herbaceous note in the wine.  

Bottom Line:  One of my favorite Cabernets, beautiful purity of fruit. So well balanced, full flavored but not overly opulent. A home run (or however cricket is scored) in my book.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Coonawarra, South Australia
  • GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2019

Where did I get it?  MacArthur Beverage

What's the damage?   Mid Priced