Wine Rangers? That would be my friend, Heather, and I. A short while back we got together for an unofficial wine tasting at our local Whole Foods. Besides the nifty samplings WF does regularly on the store floor, they have a small pub on site that serves a selection of beers and wines by the glass. Of course, they’re serving selections you can purchase in the store! So, Heather and I each tried 3 wines they had on the menu that evening for a total of 6 tasted. They’re listed below. Neither of us had been to the pub previously, despite the fact that it is right in our neighborhood. We were both quite pleasantly surprised at the competitive prices of the selections available by the glass as well as the very friendly clientele who make it their regular haunt.
Appellation: South Africa
Varietal: White Blend
Winemaker: Bodegas Belgrano
Winemaker: La Cantina Pizzolato
Wine: Moscato Dolce
Appellation: Veneto IGT, Italy
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Globerati (by BCC)
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes: In brief, here are the tasting notes we managed to record while enjoying ourselves thoroughly at this fun little in-store establishment.
Excelsior Chardonnay – It was a light-bodied Chardonnay with brisk, almost effervescent acidity, and 14% alcohol. On the tongue it presented as lightly sweet with core flavors of lemon, oak and grass. On the finish it brought some chalk and a zing of green apple.
Pizzolato Moscato Dolce – Dolce? Yes, indeed. We found this not surprisingly sweet – almost syrupy – with fruity flavor and low acidity.
Skouras Anassa – This Greek white blend was made of 70% Moscofilero and 30% Viognier. The body was light but had the slight coat-the-tongue quotient I associate with the Viognier. Alcohol was at 12.5% and acidity was fine. Flavors were fairly straightforward and pleasant pear, melon and grass.
McManis Pinot Noir – Very dark in the glass for a Pinot, this dry Californian (13.5% alcohol) was medium-bodied with plenty of tasty red berry flavors.
Belgrano Malbec – At 13% alcohol this medium-bodied Argentinian red had plenty of sweet plum, smoke and tea leaf on the tongue. Tannins were extremely light: notes said “gentle to none.”
Globerati Cabernet Sauvignon – Another medium-bodied red, this budget Cab was bottled for BCC at Chânes in the Saône-et-Loire department of Bourgogne. At 12.5% alcohol this French selection had dark fruit flavors and oak with medium tannins.