The label says this is 85% Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder Semillon, but its golden color and honeyed aromas and fruit suggest there’s some botrytis involved, or perhaps some Petit Manseng or Gros Manseng. Either way, this is an unconventional but delicious wine that should appeal to those who like Jurançon and other soft, flavorful whites from southwestern France. Alc. 12%. Imported by Robert Kacher Selections, Washington DC.
The coppery color suggests Pinot Gris, but this crisp, refreshing wine is pure Riesling, packed with citrus (especially lime zest) and perfumed with lemongrass and ginger. Medium bodied, with good complexity and “thrill factor.” Alc. 13%. Imported by The Country Vintner Inc., Oilville, VA.
I’m a big fan of screwcaps, as you may know from reading Dave McIntyre’s WineLine. But am I the only one who finds Stelvins frustratingly hard to open? This most common type of screwcap is attached to the foil by a perforation that should separate with a good hard twist, but the foil always turns, too. I’m desperate to get the first sip of wine, but the darn thing spins under my fist and mocks me with a derision I’ve seldom suffered since high school. I try gripper pads and pliers to hold the foil or cap in place; sometimes these tactics work, but usually not. So I hand the bottle to my wife, who grips the cap with her super-secret-woman’s grasp and bingo! the damn thing’s open. More derision ensues, but at least now I have some wine to soothe my sense of inadequacy.