Natalie MacLean's Wines of the Week - Oct. 14, 2019
Rioja DOC, Spain
Love this mature Rioja from Montecillo! Aromas of dried tobacco leaves, leather and dark fruit on the nose of this mature Spanish red wine from the heart of Rioja. Founded in 1874, this winery ages its wines in oak for a minimum of three years with at least 18 months in French oak barrels. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with grilled meats.
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Best Beef Wine
Alazani Valley, Kakheti, Georgia
Saperavi is the most popular Georgian variety in making this medium-sweet red from the Alazani Valley. Fragrant with pink florals, fresh ripe red cherry and soft orange citrus aromas on the nose. Ripe with dark cherry, blueberry fruit and dried herb flavours on the palate with a lively citrus finish. Pair with roast duck.
Delightful Duck Wine
Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
A fragrant Niagara Gewurztraminer with rich pink florals, ripe white-fleshed stone-fruit and ginger spice aromas on the nose. Dry with rosewater, ginger spice and soft orange zest flavours mouth-coating on the palate. Finishing lush with mouth-watering acidity. Pair with mildly spiced curries, spicy chicken wings or grilled orange-ginger prawns.
Charming Grilled Chicken Wine
Alsace A.C., France
A Grand Cru Gewurztraminer from the Alsace wine region, medium-plus-bodied with yellow plum, ripe peach compote, honey and ginger spice flavours smooth and mouth-filling on the palate with a zesty lemon curd finish.
Spectacular Spicy Wine
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United States
A pretty, summer rosé with bright berry fruit, soft orange citrus zest and light dried herb flavours on the palate. A light weight with bright flavours and brilliant acidity. Pair with grilled seafood dishes.
Profound Pasta and Cream Sauce Wine