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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Whites of Character more than Price
June 5, 2024


2023 Carminucci Marche Bianco Grotte sul Mare

What: a blend of exotic Pecorino with local grape varieties

Where: Italy, Marche on the Adriatic Sea

Why: The Sea Grotto wonderfully expressive, piquant, lively, and fresh; great value

Aroma: heady and full, grassy with tropical notes, exotic accented fruit; Mouth appetizing, lighter bodied bright & fresh, lively and pretty ripe acid; Very Good $16.99; Case, $14.99


2023 Chateau Camus

What Equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, little or no oak

Where: Bordeaux, Graves

Why: Great Value, broad and full for Bordeaux at this price, creamy and mouth-filling, both crisp and savory 

Color: light green gold; Aroma peach and pear; Mouth: mouth-filling fleshy and rounded full, fat, juicy, citrus; Very Good Plus $19.99; Case, $16.99


2023 Les Equilibristes Picpoul de Pinet Organic

What: pure, unoaked Picpoul grape

Where: France, Languedoc near Provence

Why: vibrant and forward intense mouthfeel. a dry expression of the grape’s tropical fruit, balanced and satisfying, a lot of wine for its price

20Aroma: full, fat, bright acid, firm, lightly herbaceous; Mouth: bright, clean, sweet fruit, very ripe; Very Good Plus $21; Case, $17.99


2021 Chiosu Fornelli Biancu Gentile

What: the rare Biancu Gentile grape

Where: France, Corsica

Why: A rare native Corsican grape,  has intense aromas of exotic fruits and citrus

Aroma: lightly pretty, fragrant, some brightness, lifted fruity, fresh; Mouth: clean, bright smooth, sweet white berry, nicely tart on the finish; Very Good Plus $23.99; Case, $20.39


2023 Mas De Gourgonnier Les Alpilles Blanc Organic

What: Provencal grapes; Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Roussanne, no oak

Where: France, hills of northern Provence

Why: savory and full, with floral spices by itself or with grilled or richly prepared seafood

Aroma: delicately floral; Mouth: juicy, rounded full, bright and intense, nicely rounded spicy. fleshy melon over lime, long; Very Good - Excellent $28.99; Case, $24.99


2022 Chateau Pesquie Quintessance Blanc Organic

What: savory Roussanne with an accent of crisp Clairette, part barrel fermented

Where: France lifted, goat cheese and chicken with a marinade

Aroma: fresh, rounded, delicately herbed saffron and curry notes herbal, very pretty; Mouth: quince, rounded fruit, mouth-filling with good concentration, saline notes, bright acid, clean long fine herbal; Very Good-Excellent$29.99; Case, $25.49


Mediterranean Summer Case: two each of the wines - $239 (19.92 a bottle)

Or mix your own; any twelve bottles at their case prices


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