Stag's Leap Hands of Time Red 2017
This wine celebrates more than thirty-five extraordinary individuals who have played a role in Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars' winegrowing legacy over the years. Each one has his or her hand molded into a plaque of French limestone. These plaques are now displayed at the winery to commemorate their place in history. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec, it has aromas and flavors of blackberry, ripe plum, and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, the wine is fruit forward and round in texture with cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg spice notes.
Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling 2020
We were thrilled to be offered 7 cases of the 35 that were imported into the US of the 2020 Hewitson Eden Valley Riesling Gun Metal and are even more thrilled to offer them to you. Bracing, dry, intensely mineral, perfect balance of fruit and acidity - everything you want at the end of a hot Summer day.
It's only $17.99 and James Suckling agrees with us, rating it 96 points: "This is so vibrant and has a super fresh, lemon and white-peach nose with notes of crushed stones and apricots. The palate has chalky, dry, sinewy texture and great depth of flavor. Holds really long and fresh. The acidity is pitched-in perfectly. So much flavor here. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 96 points."
Forge Cellars Freese Vineyard Dry Riesling 2018
Bright fennel, lemon peel, white peach, and star fruit notes mix on a racy frame, backed by a minerally zing on the finish.
Torres 'Pago del Cielo' Celeste Verdejo 2019
The winery-owned vineyards closest to the Duero River produce Celeste Verdejo (DO Rueda), a white wine that is modern in style with remarkable freshness and aromatic intensity. The summer season is the perfect time to enjoy Celeste Verdejo as an aperitif or with a range of dishes, including salads, fish or seafood, that find a perfect match in the wine’s delicate herbaceous notes.
Chateau Rieussec R de Rieussec Blanc Sec 2017
There is no question that Bordeaux is the mecca for lovers of dry white, dry red and sweet white wines. First growth Bordeaux - along with some Super-Seconds - are the equal of any red wines in the world. The finest Sauternes are easily among the world's most extraordinary sweet white wines.
But one Bordeaux category that goes underappreciated is the dry white wines. Blends of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and, in some cases, Muscadelle, the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux can be truly profound. Unfortunately, many of them are prohibitively expensive.
However, the 2017 R de Rieussec Bordeaux Blanc Sec (I have been fortunate to taste about a dozen vintages, and the 2017 is amazing) is a fabulous wine and very affordable at only $35.99. It is very aromatic with baked pears, lemon rind, peaches and stone. Very powerful and rich with depth and intensity that shows superb power. Dense and solid with wild fruit. It’s aromatically complex and exciting. A beautiful wine now and for the next ten years plus in a cool cellar. James Suckling agrees with me, rating it 95 points!