Thursday, August 7, 2008


I recently tried two wines which couldn't be more opposite in style, character, everything: the Anselmi San Vincenzo 2007 ($11.97) and the Penfolds Riesling Thomas Hyland 2007 ($9.59). I've actually been eyeing both of these wines for some time, and have just now gotten around to trying them.

The first wine - the Anselmi San Vincenzo 2007 ($11.97) - I am glad to have back in the store. This declassified white wine from the Soave appellation of Veneto, is a delicious Italian white wine that most folks would overlook on the shelves if not lead right to it. A blend of Garganega, Trebbiano and Chardonnay, this wine shows of aromas of mineral, quince, pineapple and lemon zest. On the palate, the Chardonnay gives this wine depth and roundness, plushing out the juicy citrus notes and crisp acidity normally present in Soave Classico. The finish lends itself to a fresh-cut fruit salad, with tropical fruit juices all around the mouth. This would make for a terrific deck wine, or an accompaniment to grilled seafood or light salads.

The second - the Penfolds Thomas Hyland Riesling 2007 ($9.59) - is an elegant example of New World Riesling. Formerly known as their Eden Valley Riesling, this new packaging yields the same high-quality wine you have come to expect from Penfolds. With ripe stone fruit, white flower and mineral tones in the nose, this expressive white is quite reminiscent of an Alsatian white. There are hints of nectarines, slate, honeysuckle and apricots on the palate, integrated with elements of nutmeg, allspice and slight citrus flavors. Its dry and easy on the palate, light-to medium-bodied with a smooth, refreshing finish that would lend itself well to roasted oysters on the half-shell, or my favorite, sushi.

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