WRITTEN BY PHILLIP SILVERSTONE
OK it’s spring, and column space is limited. So no BS this week. Let’s get right down to spring slurps. All prices are approximate. But if you live outside the Soviet Union-controlled PLCB, prices will be more modestly priced. By the way, my comments in these columns are all mine and do not reflect the opinions of this publication. So if you take issue with my opinions, pistols at dawn with me and nobody else. My guinea pig will act as my Second. Savvy?
Nikola and Zuva Nobilo bid their native Croatia farewell, just before Germany’s Nazi bully boys began their vile destruction of Europe and they moved to New Zealand where they began their historic adventure in winemaking. We have Nikola to thank for developing the Marlborough region in the northernmost climes of South Island which ultimately became the finest region for growing and producing Sauvignon Blanc, on the planet. And Nobilo is the benchmark for all other NZ wineries to emulate. So here are a pair of options when buying Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc.
Nobilo ICON Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $16: Being the winery’s ICON tells you this is their premium bottling. The grapes are harvested in four of Nobilo’s best Sauvignon Blanc vineyard sites in Marlborough, New Zealand. The wine has a typical straw color with a perfume of gooseberries and summer garden flowers. The flavor is crisp, fresh, full of a grassy, mineral gorgeous taste.
Nobilo Regional Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $11: This wine comes from vineyards across the Marlborough region. The wine has the typical grapefruit nose which I adore and this carries through to the taste which is typical of the winery. Fresh, fruit forward and white ripe grapefruit taste. Fantabulous!
Giesen Riesling 2013 $15: This wine is from vineyards in Waipara and Marlborough New Zealand. Confession No 1. I believe Riesling is one of the greatest grapes grown on Planet Earth ,and I know that Germany is the unbeatable champion producer of all wines made from this grape. Confession No 2. This wine rocks, man! If any winery on our small floating orb can give the German winemakers a run for their moolah, it’s Giesen. But let’s be honest; Theo, Alex and Marcel Giesen grew up in Germany, so Riesling automatically runs through their veins. Their Riesling nails the Germanic minerality with some citrus and a steely freshness that is welcome anytime in my glass.
Two stunning Rosé wines recently hit my palate and they are both from Italy.
Mezzacorona Rosé 2014 $10 from Trento: Sorry, but I’m not familiar with the Lagrein grape, but regardless, this deliciously slurpy wine is made entirely from that grape and brought a second helping into my glass. The wine doesn’t require intense critiquing and interpretive skills from a wine expert. And thank goodness, because I don’t have one on hand right now. It’s pink, it’s got masses of fruit and especially pronounced strawberry flavors. Summer sunshine in a glass. Or in a word: lovelicious!
Stemmari Rosé 2014 $10 from Sicily: This wine is made from 100 percent Nero d’Avola which is most definitely a grape variety I have enjoyed for many years. The grape literally means “Black of Avola” and it produces an intensely dark and heady wine is Sicily where it flourishes. But remove the grape skins and turn it into a pink wine and this is a superior and serious wine lovers meander into the world of blushing nectar. Dark berry nose, yet fresh and mouth-appealing fruitiness. Nip into Trader Joe’s and buy their amazing battered cod and their equally amazing french fries in their freezer section, pour a glass of this wine, and you’ve got yourself a marriage made in your kitchen.
One more note
On my radio show next week I will be tasting Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Pitagora Red Wine and then telling you about it here. FFC still manages to avoid coming on my radio show (well, it’s his protective layer of publicists I suspect, who probably don’t feel he is up to the task of having mega fun with me chatting about his wines, his flicks and his very clever and super-talented film director daughter Sofia). You’d think with an audience in 120 countries tuning into my radio show FFC would be a guest so I could tell him to his face how much I love his wines. His loss!
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