Editor’s Choice, Sauvignon Blanc - Value
Washington Hills Sauvignon Blanc
Lively aromas of fresh cut grass and lime zest fill the nose of this bright Sauvignon Blanc. Inviting passion fruit and grapefruit on the palate lead to a clean finish that leaves your mouth watering for more.
Editor’s Choice, Sparkling Wine - Value
Domaine St. Michele Blanc de Blanc
Style – Dry to medium dry. Aromas – Pear and pineapple. Flavors – Crisp green apple and a toast coconut finish.
Editor’s Choice, Red Blends - Value
Boekenhoutskloof the Wolftrap Red
Intense red color with a purple rim. A spicy profile with ripe black fruit and violets. Smooth and rich on the palate with soft tannins, good density and a hint of oak. A well balanced, unpretentious wine made for easy drinking.
Editor’s Choice, Other White - Value
Pine Ridge Chenin Viognier
The 2011 bottling of this distinctive blend opens with a dazzling spectrum of fruit and floral aromas, from crisp white peach, honeyed pear and sweet mango, to touches of fresh jasmine blossom and white chai tea. Filled with bright and juicy fruits, the palate flaunts flavors of succulent white nectarine, candied pineapple, green fig and subtle grapefruit. The crisp and slightly off-dry flavor profile lasts well through the clean and refreshing finish.
Editor’s Choice, Tuscan Red - Value
Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti
Sangiovese - Canaiolo
The wine is a bright, intense red color with the essence of cherries and ripe wild berries in the nose. A soft, balanced, full-flavored wine with good structure. Well-balanced acidity accompanied by a long clean finish.
Editor’s Choice, Other Red - Value
Monte da Cal
A very direct note of sweet, toasty oak almost wrapped in sweet black fruit; but this is just a spice rack on the nose with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and dried ginger galore. There is a nice bed of black raspberry fruit lurking under the surface. With air, the spice does dissipate revealing more fruit with an attractive leathery edge. In the mouth, this is a bit stiff with vibrant acids and some imposing wood tannins framing the minerally, tense, almost hard fruit. This is oakier than I generally enjoy but the fruit shows remarkable energy, all things considered. There’s a lot of spicy toasty oak on the back end as well, but the fruit remains there just under the surface. Medium-bodied with a traditional feel and modern flavors, a good wine to try if you like Bordeaux. At this price, a ridiculous value.