OFF THE BEATEN WINE TRACKS: THIS WEEKS' CHOICE 

ARIZONA

“We’re all ready for a new player in the field of wine and Aridus Wine Company from Willcox, Arizona is one of the best I’ve found.

Aridus Field Blend 2017 ($28) is a refreshing wine of Sauvignon Blanc, Malvasia, and Viognier cultivated in estate vineyards. This lovely white blend burst with aromas of lemon zest, yellow flower and lime while the palate offered mouthwatering acidity and flavors of crisp citrus, juicy tropical fruit, and the slightest hint of herbs”.

Cindy Rynning presents this Arizona wine among other rarities in her blog ‘Grape Experiences’

More about the winery in her another article here.

SLOVENIA

In my last wine blogs review I have mentioned the story of Simon Woolf about Slovenia wines.

 

“ Nicely matured (this was the current release in August ’18), a great example of macerated Rebula with spiced apple, honey and nutty tannins”.

This is his notes in Morning Claret blog about one of the best wines from his list - Usaj Rebula 2012.

TASMANIA

“Produced by the Brown Brothers, this Tasmanian Pinot Noir from Devil's Corner is a lusty, juicy …supple and silky on the palate with tart cherry, wild raspberries, savoury herbs, lavender and sweet cake spice flavours on the palate…”

Natalie Maclean, Wine reviews

VANCOUVER

“… this is a blend of Gamay, Pinot Noir, Regent and Foch grapes, grown in the Cowichan Valley and the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Deep in colour, this is vivid and fruit-driven with sweet cherries, plums and blackberries. It’s compact, with good acidity and some tannic structure. It finishes fresh, crunchy and vital. Reasonably full bodied and dense with lots of flavor...”

Jamie Goode’s wine blog

ISRAEL

Another wine from great Cindy Rynning list.

“From Upper Galilee in Israel, a glorious blend of Barbera, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Grenache was found in Galil Mountain Winery ELA 2014 ($22). Aromas of rich red fruit, dark plums, juicy cherries, mocha, and thyme burst from the glass and I was smitten. On the palate, bright acidity and smooth, yet powerful tannins enveloped notes of spice and red fruit leading to flavors of juicy cherries on the finish.”

AUSTRALIA

“In the glass it’s a cloudy white to peach to orangey shade, giving off major sunset vibes. The nose makes me think of peach juice, spearmint or something rather cooling and grapefruit rind. While in the mouth it’s definitely dry yet it has this grapefruit tart turn strawberry lemonade-ness to it with a pinch of salt”

Casey shared her notes of Ngeringa 2018 Uncultured Pet Nat from Adelaide Hills.

MEXICO

Abobe Guadalupe is my pick from the list of Mexican wines presented in Xcaret Mexico. The Blend you will no meet often – it’s Grenache, Tempranillo and CabSauv.

And here’s the story about Mexican wines on WineFolly

CHINA

"It’s a touch reductive on the nose but opens up with air. Medium-bodied, good freshness, actually quite light-bodied but has a good concentration of bright berry fruit and fine-grained tannins. A hint of greenness on the long finish but is nevertheless a very good wine.”

Matt Walls about one of the best – but still completely unknown - China wine from Silver Heights Vineyard.

JAPAN

Could not miss posted some time ago article from Juel Mahoney blog about the country I love so much.

"The wine shows fresh and delicate plums and red cherries with a clean, spicy finish…”  - this is about  Tsurunuma Zweigelt produced on Japan northern Island of Hokkaido.

AWARD

 

GOLD 2019 AWARD AND 91 POINTS FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST WAS RECENTLY GIVEN TO CABERNET FRANC 2016 PRODUCED BY MY FRIENDS DRACAENA WINES!

"Deeply ruby in color with relentless aroms. Upon first sniff, you are enchanted by milk chocolate, cherry and tobacco.. return to be allured by by hints of vanilla and white pepper. On the palate, your senses are awakened to black cherry, tobacco, leather and cedar…”

My warmest congratulation to guys from Paso Robles. Let’s wish them at least 99 points soon!

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