Those sweet sweet bastards at the Wine School just finished up another stellar night. I you weren’t there, you missed a great First Friday. Your loss, but at least I can give you a peak the wine list. These are the six wines you need to buy right now. All are priced around $15, and effing delicious.
1. Thorn-Clarke 2011 Mount Crawford Riesling, Eden Valley, (AUS)
No sweet Riesling here. South Australia’s Eden Valley offers a style that is bone dry, steely, mineral driven with bitter lime and racy acidity.
2. Apex Ascent 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley (WAS)
A rarity, for sure. We’re used to Bordeaux red varietals from this central Washington region, but not often do we see crisp whites such as this. With Ripe citrus fruits and blossoms, this is a clean, lean wine that’s simply refreshing.
3. Framingham 2008 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, (NZ)
Marlborough, on New Zealand’s South island is The Burgundy of the south. World class pinot noir such as this can be had at a fraction of the price of it’s northerly cousin. Kirsch cherry, cinnamon, and earth make this a nuanced beauty.
4. Mantellassi 2009 Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany (IT)
Still the same sangiovese grape as chianti, but this coastal region to the west, called the maremma, makes for a much riper juicier wine. Expect raspberry, cherry preserves, cedar and tar.
5. L’Ecole No. 41 2006 Merlot, Columbia Valley, (WAS)
Merlot in this rustic, powerful style is what the Columbia valley is staking its current reputation on. Chocolate, sweet spice, chewy tannins and tobacco.
6. Avalon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, (CA)
Cab is king in napa and Avalon makes cabernet sauvignon its sole specialty. Depth and concentration with blackberry, nutmeg, and a cool, earthy mineralty. This is a leaner, subtler version of the norm with lower alcohol and a finer line of acidity to keep the wine’s composure.