March Wine Line Up: Old World, New World and a Little More In Between

We tasted through twenty wines from around the world this tasting and ten of them made this month’s favorites.  They are diverse – different countries, different varietals and very different styles.

Rose

2016 Angeline Vineyards Rose – this was a citrus explosion – grapefruit, orange blossom, refreshing watermelon and floral notes.  This is light, refreshing and we went through the bottle faster than we realized.

Whites:

2015 Condes de Albarei Albarino – tropical and stone fruit.  It’s crisp, refreshing and a great representation of what an Albarino should be.

2015 Adler Fels Chardonnay – apple tart, stone fruit including peach and peach, tropical fruit and a nuttiness.

2015 Bodegas Ochoa Calendas Blanco – citrus, floral and easy drinking.

2015 Torresella Pinot Grigio – Pinot Grigio is not usually a go to wine for me, but this one had some depth and elegance.  I tasted citrus, floral notes and a little spiciness.

Reds:

2009 Pago de Larrainzar Reserva Especial – I loved this Spanish wine from the Navarra region.  It was juicy, complex and elegance with big notes of berry, chocolate and a touch of oak.

2014 Adler Fels Pinot Noir – this is a lush wine with big notes of black cherry, berry, caramel and spice.

2012 Principe de Viana Garnacha Roble – big notes of raspberry, cherry, pepper and mocha.

2014 Chateau Lamothe de Haux – I tasted cedar, blackberry, mocha and elegance as this wine continued to evolve in the glass.

NV Proprietary Red WA4 Locations by Dave Phinney, a blend of wine from Washington State.  This was a burst of berry combined with an earthiness with spices, flowers and chocolate.

I was also introduced to a great perfect for Summer drink.  The folks from JARDESCA created a blend of 3 California sweet and dry white wines, called JARDESCA as well, balanced with a double distilled grape eau de vie, that is enhanced with ten botanicals.  I was sent a kit complete with an orange, can of Prosecco, mint and the apertiva.  It was a light, refreshing way to celebrate a Summer day … or the SuperBowl in Texas with weather in the 70’s, which happened to be the day we drank it.