Redolent of citrus fruits this offers lovely green apple and melon notes in the mouth. At its core there is a lovely peachy fruitiness buffering deep mineral tones that offer great cut to this round, friendly white.
Picpoul de Pinet has long been a favorite of mine yet has remained under the radar. In these days of mediocre $20 whites it's a revelation to find such a delicious and friendly wine for under $10 a bottle! This is a classic match for seafood and shellfish but works wonderfully as an aperitif as well.
Two reds that impress without breaking the bank!If you've been looking for a wine or two to buy by the case for this summer look no further. We've found two winners for you that are priced right and deliver the goods!
Those of you who've followed our tastings know that the little known Pietra Santa winery in California's Cienega Valley has been producing some very impressive wines that punch above their weight class. Their proprietary blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Dolcetto is a great introduction to the winery's style.
Pietra Santa Sacred Stone Red NV
This is just packed with fine, ripe forest fruits in a juicy package that entices with its length and simple purity of fruit. There's a touch of oak spice here that adds some subtle depth with gentle spice tones.
Over the past several years Spain has emerged as a world-class leader filling retail shelves with amazing values. The combination of a revitalized wine industry and fantastic old-vines has yielded some true gems but finding the killer values has always been a challenge. Well, we found one for you! Coming from dry farmed, head pruned old vine Grenache planted in the rocky soil of Calatayud, this is like a hypothetical blend of old vine Zinfandel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
Tres Ojos Garnacha Calatayud 2007
This unoaked red is bursting with the classic raspberry and dried strawberry tones of Grenache but with the most amazing black pepper nose. There's a gamy edge here as well as dusty earth tones all supported by crisp fruit tannins and bright acidity making this a perfect match for a backyard burger, medium rare please!
These wines are just perfect for sharing this summer and at prices like these you really can stock up with a few cases for the inevitable summer fun - barbecues, lounging around the pool, and sharing with family and friends. And remember until May 31st Sam's is offering FREE STANDARD GROUND SHIPPING to Snooth members for these great values! Just follow the links to Sam's website and you will be automatically offered this great shipping offer. So start your summer off right by ordering these great wines and enjoying them over the long Memorial day long weekend!