03/14/19 wine tasting with Branko Aric
I taste wines all week long and some tastings stand out. Today’s tasting with Branko Aric was amazing!
As we approach Spring and Summer, my thoughts turn to crisp white wines and roses and because my taste runs to unusual wines, so do the wines we taste! Today, I tasted two Sicilian whites, an Alsatian Gewurtz, a Muller Thurgau from Alto Adige and a sparkler from Argentina as well as a red from Washington (Merlot). My notes follow:
2016 Firriato Jasmin Zibbibo. I’ve had Zibbibo that was done as a dessert wine redolent with aromas and flavors of apricot and peach but this was nothing like that wine. Pale yellow in color, white flowers and savory sage on the nose, with mineral-dry finish this was so good!! Look for it at Somm soon.
2017 Firriato Branciforti Grillo - forget most things you “know” about Grillo. Most I’ve had are ruvid, clunky, harsh and astringent. This wine was NOT. Pale in color, soft and silky with a heavy body, the wine had a very light citrusy aroma and despite a ripe fruit palate, it finished dry and clean. Perfect pool sipper! Look for it at Somm (retail, bottle only) and at Epicure (bottle or glass) soon!
Albert Mann 2017 Alsatian Gewurtztraminer. Pale yellow, soft with aromas and palate of melon, pear and white flowers. This was delicious with a piece of our Alsatian Munster cheese but would be great with spicy Asian dishes!
2017 Cantina Bolzano Sudtirol Alto Adige Muller Thurgau. What a mouthful! Floral nose with hints of orange blossom. Muller is a Riesling cross. Mineral finish and dry easy to drink. Maybe too easy?
Antuucura Mendoza Sparkling Rose. So forget what you think of as rose. This has just the barest hint of pink tint! Pinot noir with onlly a brief flirtation with the skins, tart, bright and very dry. Amazing! Look for this soon at Epicure!!!
Januik Columbia Valley 2017 Merlot. Nice, easier, less chewy than California Merlots Juicy with some hints of baking spice. Wine Spectator gave it 90 points and I understand why!