Wino’s Wine Picks for the week of February 15th – 22nd
Wine Trail came and went with the weekend — it’s Monday, and this cat is thirsty. We’re going to take a bit of a detour this week and present our first beer pick of the series: a dark wheat beer from the good folks at Riley’s Brewing Co. For now, though, let’s get to the wine.
Robert Hall Merlot 2013 – Once more, Robert Hall has produced an exceptional Paso wine. This Merlot begins with a cherry wood bouquet and peaks out on the tongue with a bright and pleasant acidity. The finish is long but mellowed, and consistent with the opening bouquet. Bold enough to accompany the richest of meals and mellow enough to sip slightly chilled.
Apothic White 2013 – If, perchance, you cannot decide on a white wine, then Wino advises towards this approachable blend. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling give this crowd pleaser a stone fruit bouquet – think apricots. Mellow in body, and slightly sweet — if you can’t decide, let Apothic White decide for you.
Saviez Muscat Canelli 2007 – There are some sweet wines out there that have the character of a wet paper bag. One taste, and you’re tongue blind. This Muscat Canelli, however, is on a whole different level. It begins with a bold bouquet of bruléed peaches and toasted almonds. Rich and complex — and easy to match with any sort of food — it’s one of a kind, and a must taste for any dessert wine lover.
Riley’s Brewing Co. – Vixen (Dark Wheat) – Madera’s own made this interpretation of a traditional dunkelweisen. Chocolaty, toasty notes come off this beer’s head, like a mild stout, and yet it is surprisingly crisp, bright and easy on the palate.