Spring 2020 CRUx6 Quarterly Whites
This might be one of my most favorite six-pack of Quarterly whites ever. Dialed up and ready for summer. Three new wines from Italy, a pair from France, and a re-visit of an old friend from Portugal make up the mix. There's not a one that you won't enjoy right away with spring and summer fare. Here they are:
Giovanna Tantini Bianco di Custoza 2019--This a white you'll not soon forget. Made from the local Garganega and splashed with salt and pepper varieties Chardonnay and Trebbianello, it is a lively, gorgeous white with that oh-so refreshing summery freshness that we just love. In fact, we tasted this over the winter directly from tank, and I there was just no way in hell I was spitting it in the trench drain. When Giovanna served up so nice fresh salami chunks, I was hooked.
Poggio al Sole Chiara 2018--This white wine, a unique blend of Chardonnay (85%) and directly-pressed Sangiovese (no skin contact) is a simply wondeful example of the creativity and genius of Giovanni Davaz. We immediately loved this wine (while sitting outside around the pool, in February) for its combination of richness and brightness. Its fair to call it the anti-Chardonnay Chardonnay!
ZF4 Banche Bianche Bianco 2019--Sometimes I think its good to just pull out the cork and sit around with a friend or four, and quaff back an impossibly delicious white. Sitting on a park bench in the village of Lazise would seem like a nice place to do it too. That's the thought that this scrumptious white evokes for me, made by the handsome Marco Zanoni, husband of Giovanna Tantini (from above). Get ready for the refreshment...!
Penada Ensaio Branco 2017--The vineyard is what makes a wine truly unique. In Marco Montez' vineyards there are no "foreign" grapes, only authentic Portuguese grape varieties, proven in the region. White grape varieties are Fernão Pires, Malvasia Fina and Moscatel. Here are Marco's tasting notes on this delicious 2017 Ensaio Branco: "Aromas of green apple, grapefruit, citrus peel and honeysuckle. Medium-dry on the palate, white fruits and delicious floral notes. Ideal serving temperature: 6ºC (about 43ºF)"
Mas Karolina Cotes Catalanes Blanc 2018--This white wine from Caroline Bonville is hauntingly good. Blended from old-vine Grenache Blanc and Gris with small doses of Carignan Blanc and the local Macabeo, it is it once minerally and quivering, but is also rich and unctuous in the mouth. A hard wine to forget.
Chiroulet Cotes-de-Gascogne JAVA Blanc 2018--the return of an old friend right here. Nowhere, and I mean nowhere, in France can one find such bang-for-the-buck as in Gascony today. What is available at $12/bottle is truly shocking. In this wine we find the dominant grapes of Armagnac production wrapped into a dry, delicious table wine--Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Ready, set, go!