Monthly Roundup: New White
Let's kick off a new regular feature on the Binny's Blog: a monthly roundup of new release tasting notes. The wine managers at Binny's have a monthly meeting which, after some edge-of-your-seat conversation about policy and operations, shifts into a tasting of new releases. These wines are noteworthy because they're chosen by Binny's wine managers and buyers. In short, theseare the wines that the wine geeks are geeked about.
Citrus and tropical fruit notes. Super spritzy on the palate. This riesling is a balance acidity and sugar. Not very complex, but fun.
Broad nose that shows caramel, orange. More complex and heavy than the Monchhof. Noticable crisp acidity that keeps this linear despite the extra sugar. There's a hint of stone and orange citrus, with a heavy, oily texture under the acidity.
Light and round on the nose. The slight spice and light fruit reminds me of homemade applesauce. Fruity and light on the palate, with crisp acidity and a flinty taste. This is fine.
Good fruit andmore of a charred note than I'd expect in Chablis. Keeps good focus.
Tropical fruit onthe nose: melon, tangerine, apricot, pineapple. It hints atsweetness. The same great fruits on the palate, and maybe honey too.This fruit-driven pleasure would be amazing with spicy (hot) asianfood.
Lime, grass and atiny amount of char. Classy, thinky wine. Somebody sittingnear me says something about "wet wool."
The newBridesmaid wines a white and a red are blended from leftoverparcels from a couple highly regarded California wineries. I guessthat makes it a sort of declassified thing. The white is a broad andmellow and sort of reminds me of canned fruit cocktail with lots ofpears. It's weighty on the palate with low acidity and maybe a touchof sugar, just slightly sweet. Pleasing if not very complex.
Wow! I just love whites from the Rhone. Great dried apricot and orange, along with baking spice on the nose, which is sort of quiet. Fruity, steely in the palate over heavy fruit and earthy spice, with a noticably long finish. Delicious.
Thisis a new offering from Tablas Creek (I and other Binny's guys haveexpressed our love for Tablas Creek before) in the style of a Rhone white. The Patelin is similar to the LaNerthe Blanc, but is more fleshy and forward on the nose. It's a bigball of white fruit until the finish, which shows odd acidity. Still,an interesting new wine, and a value (more detailed info here).
Sometimes I tastea wine and just have to smile at the over-the-top character. This isone of those wines. It smells like honey and Nilla wafers. On thepalate, the wood shows through, along with heavy orange fruit. It isweighty, viscous. Maybe from the alcohol. The labels says ... er ...16.1%. This is certainly unapologetic. Limited quantities of theTomboy are available.
Next Time: New Red