Tag Archives: Unique White

Damien Laureau “Le Bel Ouvrage” Savennières, 2011, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03220Ever had a Chenin Blanc that changed your life? Wanna try one? This is intensely mineral Chenin Blanc from a tiny Loire Valley appellation. Cellar-worthy, with an aging potential of 15-20 years. Extensive lees aging fleshes out the palate, which echoes the bouquet of apple, apricot and floral notes. Grab some fresh salmon, some stinky washed-rind cheese, and get down to the business of rearranging everything you thought you knew about life and the living of it. $52


Bastianich “Adriatico” Friulano, 2011, Friuli, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03204Typical Friulano, a varietal that expresses the history and terroir of Friuli. Medium bodied with ripe, luscious pear flavors carried by a refreshing mineral flavor and zesty, mouthwatering acidity. A classic match with prosciutto. $18

Uvaggio Moscato Secco, 2012, Lodi, California

14 Jan

DSC03191The trend for Moscato these days tends toward the sweet and bubbly, but this is dry (“secco”), still white wine from Lodi, California. It’s got a lovely floral perfume graced by honeyed peach notes. The peaches repeat on the palate alongside ripe melon and citrus components. Crisp acidity means it works well with rich, spicy turkey chili, but it’s also fun to sip solo. $12

Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc/Carménère Blend, 2012, Maule Valley, Chile

16 Oct

099You read that right: a white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc and Carménère. Truly unique, fresh and aromatic wine with citrusy grapefruit notes, a hint of tropical fruit, subtle mineral character and a fruity, herbal touch from the Carmenére. Broil some halibut and appreciate this offbeat but approachable wine. $14

Viña Mein Blanco, 2011, Ribeiro, Spain

16 Oct

085Great-value, unique wine made of native Galician varieties. Well-balanced, fresh and dry, with great citrusy expression. Mostly (70%) composed of the traditional variety Treixadura, complemented by other grapes native to the region: Godello, Loureirra, Torrontés, Albariño and Lado. Extraordinary presence and length on the finish, making it a great friend to any shellfish preparation. $22

Fattoria di Magliano “Pagliatura” Vermentino, 2011, Tuscany, Italy

15 Oct

069Pagliatura Vermentino is white Tuscan wine with attitude. Crisp, citrusy, herbaceous and full-bodied. The palate is round and mouth-coating with juicy acid and delightful complexity. Enjoy with seafood dishes like cioppino, sushi, or raw shellfish. $24

Domaine le Portail, 2009, Cour-Cheverny, France

15 Oct

019This Loire Valley white is derived from the Romorantin grape, introduced to the Loire Valley in the 16th century by King Francis I. It’s a wine of bracing acidity and thirst-quenching potency. Think citrus and green apple with highlights of honey and acacia. We enjoy Romorantin whenever we can, with gooey La Tur cheese and water biscuits. $16