BRUNELLO’S NOSE KNOWS….
The Summer heat is on here in Florida, and along with our bounty of fresh fruits the time is right for sipping on light refreshing wines, and today’s theme is citrus and peaches! We’ve chosen a handful of white wines from around the world- different varietals and regions that all have distinctly different taste profiles, but still features citrus and stone fruit flavors. Whether you are enjoying an aperitif, sipping by the pool, or pairing with a favorite light meat or fish on the grill, these are some of my favorite suggestions:
Bonpas Cote du Luberon The Luberon is one of the most southerly wine growing regions of the Rhone Valley, located in Central Provence. The hilltop villages date back over a thousand years, and feature acres and acres of orchards and vineyards. This medium bodied white is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Uni Blanc and Vermentino, offering flavors of white peach, grapefruit and apricots. I give it three bones!
Little James Basket Press Sauvignon-Viognier The Chateau de Saint Cosme is an estate in the village of Gigondas, in the southern Rhone region of France. Gigondas itself is an AOC- Appellation di Origine Controlee- however no white wines carry the Gigondas AOC. The winery makes this unconventional blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier without a government “Appellation”. Some estate fruit is mixed with that of varietals grown by négociants. The Sauvignon Blanc provides acidity while the Viognier offers floral notes and stone fruit, flavors of peach blossom, fennel and mango. I give it two bones!
El Coto Blanco Rioja The El Coto winery was founded in 1970 in the Rioja DO region of Spain in the town of Oyon. The government sanctioned Denominacion de Origen-DO, grown in both Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa cover two sub areas that divide the Rioja. The varietal in this wine is Viura, also called Macabeo (and Macabeu), widely grown in Rioja and used as a sole varietal as well as for blending. Punchy citrus aromas and a hint of peach and a touch of carbonation, this wine is easy to drink and refreshing. I give it two bones!
Crios Torrontes Susana Balbo founded the Crios line as a tribute to her children, Jose and Ana. Together they craft this 100% Torrontes harvested from elevations over 1,000 feet in Mendoza, Argentina. Torrontes is considered the “white grape” of Argentina where it flourishes, it is thought to be an offspring of the varietal Muscat of Alexandria- another ancient grape traditionally associated with sweeter wines and fortified wines. Crios Torrontes is a beautiful pale green- yellow, with delicate aromas of white peach, flowers and ripe guava. I give it three bones!
Masseria Altemura Fiano The Fiano grape is an ancient varietal native to Southern Italy that dates to Roman times. Limestone and chalk soils give this grape crisp acidity and tropical fruit. The estate, or Masseria, from Salento in the Puglia region (the “heel of the boot”) literally means self-sufficient fortified farm where grapes grow alongside olive groves. This crisp wine shows hints of almond blossom, honey and peaches- medium dry with mineral and citrus fruit flavors. I give it three bones!
Of course, we must discuss a worldly white from soil here in the US. There are so many to choose from, but this blend of French varietals that grow so well along California’s Central Coast is a winner. Tenshen White is a California collaboration between winemaker Joey Tensley and winery owner Alex Guarachi. A multi layered mix of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, and a hint of Chardonnay. Aromas of tangerine and ripe melon lead to flavors of peach and apricot, juicy honeysuckle and a hint of hazelnut on the finish. I give it three bones!
Be sure to check out our exciting selection of worldly whites as you keep cool. And don’t forget to stop by on Friday nights from 5:00 to 7:30 to see what we are tasting.
By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown