Three wines up this week. Pennsylvania operates under a state store system for liquor purchases in the Commonwealth. When I was quite a bit younger, the state stores didn’t have much of a selection, Black Velvet, Riunite, wine coolers, etc. But the PLCB (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board) now has professional staff to select what the state system purchases, which has improved the selection vastly. They’ve also opened a website: http://www.finewineandgoodspirits.com which has online exclusives and very nice sales. Alas, they do not ship outside of Pennsylvania.
As a result of one of these sales, and free shipping, I purchased four wines, three of which will be reviewed here. The last, La Gitana Fino Sherry will be another entry. They were chosen because of their curious places of origin, the Basque region, the Languedoc and Verona.
Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli 2009 – a wine from the Basque region of Spain. The color is a pale straw with a tinge of green. The green tinge gives a good hint to the green apple and yeasty champagne flavor, backed by a extremely fine carbonation. I find this a very nice wine for the current hot and humid weather in Pennsylvania. At the moment, it’s $15 at the website, quite a good deal.
L’Ostal Cazes Minervois Estibals 2005 – a wine from the Languedoc region of France. The Languedoc is southern France on the Mediterranean coast, and has been the center of a lot of curious mysticism including the “san graal / sang real” Christian mythology, and a lot of real history, including more
Christian mystics, the Cathars who were annihilated by the “true church”.
The wine is a deep royal purple, full of the scent of dark cherries but quite dry. There is a little oak to smooth out the tannins.
Sartori Ferdi Bianco Veronese 2006 – “Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” But with a wine like this, the Capulets and the Montagues would have had reason to join hands and celebrate. Called a “super white”, a term that I find has no agreement on the definition; this wine has a wonderful butterscotch aroma and a taste of fresh pears. It is a lovely intense yellow to reflect the rich, though not sweet, wine. I very much recommend this wine, especially at the current PLCB price of $10.