Woman on Wine
The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but for me this is the time of the year when big Zins and buttery Chards lose their appeal. It isn’t quite time for the Vinho Verdes and Marsannes of summer, but my taste buds have started to shift their preference to bright and light styles. Here’s a sampling of some of the wines the buds deem suitable for the first whiff of spring.
2007 Moulin a Vent
A classic Beaujolais, the Fessy Moulin a Vent is at its best served slightly chilled. The wine offers that tangy, berry fruit typical of Gamay along with the sexy smokiness common to the Moulin a Vent area terroir.
A pretty wine with floral and apricot notes on the nose and palate, Zaca Mesa’s Roussanne is one of those thirst-quenching but still mouth-filling kind of whites, a fitting transition from winter to summer.
2006 Barossa Valley Shiraz
This is a soon-to-be-cult wine from the former winemaker of Penfolds’ famed Grange Shiraz. The Groom is more subtle and somewhat less complex than the Grange, but it is insanely delicious, especially for the $38 price.
A unique interpretation of Napa Sauv Blanc, Soliloquy hits you up front with what you’d expect: generous tart lime and other citrus flavors and finishes with a refreshing hint of lemongrass. It’s what’s in the middle that makes it special: the surprising minerality that lingers across the mid and back palate.
The Peju has become my “chocolate wine.” Rich but balanced, with tart acid, fruit that is not perceptively sweet, and soft tannins – the perfect combo for sipping with chocolate cakes, tarts and extra dark bars.
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