Today’s July wine-up includes wines from Greece, Spain, Oregon, Washington State and California. I tried 20 wines and six made this month’s round-up.
My first wine was from a grape that can trace its history back 6,500 years. The grape was saved from extinction by a group of winemakers in the 1970s. Winemaker Vangelis Gerovassiliou brought together several winemakers to save his native Greek grape Malagousia. Fast forward more than 20 years and this grape is now the fastest growing number of new plantings of any grape in Greece.
2014 Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia – I loved the aromatics in this glass – lots of notes of pear, jasmine, tropical fruit and citrus with a nice minerality. Very drinkable on its own, but would be great paired with a grilled fish dish.
2014 Legaris Verdejo – lots of depth in this glass. The touch of Sauvignon Blanc in this wine gives it a hint of grassiness with notes of citrus and melon with the right minerality.
2012 Murphy Goode All In Claret – this blend combines Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It was a nice wine with notes of black cherry, raspberry, cassis, blackberry and nice herbal notes.
2012 Double Canyon Horse Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Wow. This cabernet sauvignon was a complex, in-depth, multi-layered wine. I tasted coffee, graphite, vanilla, blueberry, wild cherry and nice herbal notes.
2013 Double Canyon Horse Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – the 2013 vintage was much more floral. I got the same cherry, but with more blackberry, plum and cassis. I really adored this one too, but they were very different.
2014 Adelsheim Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir – this is Adelsheim’s first new wine release since 2005 and it is made from fruit from the Chehalem Mountains (88 percent from estate vineyards and 12 percent from growers). The diverse soil (three types) makes this a layered wine. I tasted spice, floral notes, blackberry, red fruit and mocha. It’s an elegant and appropriate tribute to Adelsheim’s presence in the Chehalem area.