Winestone's Saturday Tasting, October 21, 2017, 12pm - 5pm
PG-$13 Pretty Great wines for $13 or less
Most of you know that, at Winestone, “PG-$13” stands for “Pretty Great wine for $13 or less”. Some of our favorite wine finds are the ones that we can proudly display on our central “PG-13” rack. This week, we are happy to share 5 of our latest PG-$13 discoveries with you.
2016 Domaine Félines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, $11
Where: Languedoc, southern France
Grape: 100% Piquepoul
The southern region of Languedoc is France's largest wine producing region. The warm and dry conditions give rise to many full-bodied red wines, but some crisp white wines can also be produced given the right conditions. Domaine Félines Jourdan is situated along the Mediterranean coast near the Thau Lagoon in the appellation of Picpoul de Pinet. The lagoon and sea breezes make the temperatures slightly cooler than the surrounding areas. This helps create ideal conditions for growing the Piquepoul grape which produces a fresh, aromatic white wine with flavors of lemon, lime, apple, white blossoms, and anise seed. The palate reveals mouthwatering acidity and refreshing minerality. This wine makes a great aperitif, and it pairs swimmingly with fresh shellfish, herbed goat cheese and citrusy salads.
2016 Dom Diogo Padeiro Rosé, $13
Where: Vinho Verde, northern Portugal
Grape(s): 100% Padeiro
Many of the Portuguese wines that we sell combine elements of long winemaking tradition with a more modern style that has recently brought Portugal's wines more into the limelight. The Vinho Verde region of Portugal is well known for its light and refreshing white wines, but a small amount of red and rosé is also being produced. We have always loved the Dom Diogo Vinho Verde Rosé for its unique flavors of brambly berries laced with a touch of earth and exotic spice. You'll taste some of the signature Vinho Verde spritz which brings lightness to the dark berry flavors and cleanses the palate for another sip. This wine can easily be enjoyed as an aperitif, but it can also hold its own with burgers and BBQ.
2015 Pacific Pinot, $13
Where: Oregon, northwest USA
Grapes(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Great value Pinot Noir from the USA is sometimes hard to come by. When we find one that we think our customers will enjoy, we jump at the chance to offer it here at Winestone. The "Pacific Pinot" is a pretty straightforward Oregon Pinot Noir with a very affordable price tag. It has the classic fruit profile of west coast pinot - black cherry, raspberry, and plum with hints of vanilla, dried leaves, and wood spice. The palate is smooth with silky tannins and balancing acidity. This is the ideal wine to have on hand for last-minute gatherings, or it can easily be the "Party Pinot" for your upcoming holiday events.
2013 Le Salare Old Vines Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, $13
Where: Abruzzo, central Italy
Grape(s): 100% Montepulciano
One of our esteemed sales reps brought us two versions of the Le Salare Montepulciano to sample. The "normale" version was bright and tasty, but the "old vines" had markedly more density of fruit flavor and richness of texture. When we realized that we could offer the old vines Montepulciano as one of our "PG-$13" selections, the choice between the two was clear. Le Salare "Old Vines" fills the nose with aromas of ripe cherry, pomegranate, rose petals and spice. The palate delivers flavors of juicy dark cherry fruit with hints of dried herbs. This wine has a medium to full body with soft tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Pair this wine with assorted salumi, tomato-based sauces, or succulent herb-roasted pork loin.
2013 Ridge Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, $13
Where: Columbia Valley, Washington, northwest USA
Grape(s): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
The dry and sunny climate of eastern Washington state provides the ideal conditions for consistently great tasting wine. Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington is often more juicy, approachable, and affordable than its California counterparts. The Ridge Crest Cabernet Sauvignon showcases dark plum, brambly blackberry, cedar and cigar box aromas which lead into the palate of dark fruit, mocha coffee and vanilla. Lively acidity and gentle tannins bring structure to the rich flavors. This is a great candidate for a "Monday Night Wine" or "Crowd-Pleaser Cabernet". Serve with steak tips, braised short ribs, or anything dark and chocolatey.