Pazo Barrantes Albariño 2013 – Weimax Wines $18.99
At the top of my white wine drinking list is Albariño, mainly the Spanish Albariño wines. Here in California vintners are producing Albariño wines more and more. They are good but, for the most, pricey compared to the Spanish Albariño imports. The Pazo Barrantes Albariño 2013 is one of the better Albariño wines I have enjoyed this past year. The wine is produced by the famous Marques de Murrieta estate of Spain. What I thoroughly enjoy about this wine is the rounded mouth feel. It feels like the wine is clinging to my mouth. How can that be when the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks? After five months in the tanks, the Pazo Barrantes was bottled. I think the elegance of this Albariño comes from the way the wine was made. From the Spec Sheet: The albariño grape juice is left in contact with its lees for three months in the pursuit of texture and density.” The wine also has a very nice citrus character, a bit of melon, and is just the right crispness. The finish is much more than you would expect from an Albariño wine. It is a “must buy” and I rate it at 90 points. Decanter magazine says 93 Points. Give it a try, especially with some fried seafood.
Pendant Passport Blend Red Wine – Trader Joe’s $11.99
The “Amador County” origin of this wine caught my eye. I hardly ever see a wine at Trader Joe’s from the Sierra Foothills. The back label made the wine even more intriguing. A blend of Barbera 44%, Syrah 28% and Mourvedre 28%. The back label (Be a wine label detective) tells us it was “Cellared and Bottled” by Vine Intervention in Plymouth, CA. I could find little information on this wine company. The wine looked appealing enough to add it to my Trader Joe’s basket. Indeed, I am happy that I gave this wine a try. It is very good and a crowd pleaser for red wine types. The blend makes for a different style of wine. It has a good layer of flavors, some acidity and light on the tannins. The fruit is indeed fresh, but the wine goes down very pleasantly. For $12, this is a very nice value. It is better than most of the wines TJ’s has to offer at this price. 88 Points and worth a try. Have this wine with a rotisserie chicken as we did.