For those of you who tuned in to Delicious Mischief on Saturday May 8 for “Alternative Summertime Whites,” following are the wines we tried with wine buyer Collin Williams of Spec’s. Man, do I ever hate my job!
1. Cordoniu Original Cava – ~$9/bottle
Composed of 40 % Macabeo, 30 % Parellada, 20 % Xarel·lo, 10 % Reserve wine, this entry level wine from one of Spain’s oldest Cava houses is a wonderful value. Great fruit flavors of apples, citrus, and lemon, this bubbly combines everything you like in Sparkling wine with a price to match.
2. Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2010 – ~$9/bottle
The Chateau Bonnet White 2010 shows its personality once again with intense aromas of grapefruit, boxwood, and acacia flowers. The attack, fresh and lemony, is in perfect balance with the rich full body that is well – structured and has a long finish. The aromatic persistence is remarkable, and the notes of citrus fruits and yellow peaches linger on the palate.
3. Botani Moscatel de Alexandria – ~$16 cash
100% Moscatel de Alexandria grown on the step vineyards of Malaga, this wine sees 70% stainless steel and 30$ French oak. Displaying a sweet nose full of flowers, perfume, and a lush tropical nuance that is very unique and refreshing.
4. Finca Copete Torrontes – ~$9/bottle
Torrontes is one of those wonderful uo-an-coming grapes from Argentina that provides all the sweet aromas you expect from Viognier or Muscat but is dry rather than sweet on the palate. Brilliant acidity that brings out the honeydew and melon flavors, this wine is a perfect one by the pool or with lighter foods.
5. Saint Cosme Little James Basket Press White 2009 – ~$11/bottle
Made from Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is bone dry but still showcases lovely flavors of citrus and floral aromas. The palate craves food and will be rewarded by an outstanding match to almost anything. Crisp, clean, and a new experience for even the experienced wine consumer.