#WineWednesday. #ThristyThursday. Or insert any other day of the week to get together with a group of fun colleagues and drink wine. Over the two and a half years that I’ve been in my current position, that has become an important part of my world. It’s become part of our corporate culture and a great way for departments to get to know each other, learn more about wine and help me taste through the growing inventory of samples that arrive in my office every week.
Over two tastings, we tried 17 wines and eight made the favorite list.
2014 HandCraft Pinot Grigio – fresh green apple, white flowers, citrus and honeydew melon. This was a nicely balanced summer white.
2014 Bodega Garzon Albarino – wet stone, mandarin orange and a great acidity . Uruguay has been getting accolades as US writers gain access to these wines. If you find one of these wines, go forth and buy.
2013 Bonterra Viognier – big peach notes, white flowers, citrus and apricot make this a delicious and well-balanced wine.
2013 McBride Sisters Truvee Chardonnay – honeycomb apples, vanilla and oak, but in a well balanced style that allows the fruit to show.
2013 Bodega Garzon Tannat – rich notes of plum, dark cherry, coffee and a nice spiciness.
2013 Amici Pinot Noir – a nice earthy Pinot with notes of black cherry, all spice, red currant and cinnamon. This was a delicious wine.
2012 Amici Cabernet Sauvignon – hands down, this was my favorite red of all that I tried. It was big, with notes of cassis, blackberry, black pepper, mocha and chocolate.
2012 Bonterra Zinfandel – a nice, traditional California Zinfandel with notes of blueberry, spice and vanilla.