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Notes on world wines

Bodegas Cerrosol, 2003 Verdejo, Rueda, Spain

Cost Plus, Sacramento $9.99

A very “California style” wine with fresh fruit aromas of pears,



blossoms and flowers. Dry, medium-bodied, crisp and fresh, it is a

delightful tasting wine.




Nora, 2003 Albarino, Rais Baixas, Spain

The Wine Club, San Francisco, $11.99

This is a rich, medium-bodied dry white wine with aromas of peaches, spice and floral undertones. The acidity is crisp keeping the wine focused with a very long finish.

Segura Viudas, Creu de lavit, 2002 Xarel-lo, Spain

K&L Wine Merchants, Redwood City, $10.99

Slightly smoky notes with fruit flavors of fig, melon and bitter

almonds. It is medium-light in body, very dry, finishing with crisp

acidity. Here is a wine more suited for food than aperitifs.

Aveleda, Vinho Verde, a blend of Loureiro, Trajadura, Arinto and Azal, Portugal

Beverages and More, Sacramento, $5.99

Vinho Verdes are typically non-vintaged, the fresher the better. This

wine offers aromas of menthol mixed with dried roses. It is very tart

but is offset with both a slight spritz and a bit of residual sugar.

This is probably not a wine casual wine drinkers would enjoy but if you could put yourself in a Portuguese cafe with a steaming bowl of

seafood, this could well be your wine of choice.

Domaine de la Pepiere, 2003 Muscadet, Sevre et Maine, France

K&L Wine Merchants, Redwood City, $8.99

This wine never comes close to an oak barrel but still offers

noticeable aromas of butter from the extended sur lie aging process. It is very dry and crisp tasting with mildly floral and slightly musky

aromas. Often considered to be the wine to pair with fresh Atlantic

oysters, it is the searing acidity that makes that match work so well.

Sonnhof, 2003 Gruner Veltliner, Austria

The Wine Club, San Francisco, $11.99

Gru-Ve is how the Austrian locals ask for it by name. This lime green

package is definitely gru-ve. The wine offers aromas of white pepper

and flowers. It is dry with medium body and a long, crisp finish.

J Prandi, 2003 Soave, Garganega and Trebbiano, Italy

David Berkeley, Sacramento, $12.99

This wine is all about texture. It is very mildly aromatic but

beautifully balanced with pleasing acidity, a dry and a surprisingly

full-bodied finish. It is hard to imagine what food this wine wouldn’t

pair with nicely.

Santa Julia, 2004 Torrontes, Argentina

K&L Wine Merchants, Redwood City $8.49

Aromas of musky melon, with floral scents of roses. Surprisingly strong but still delicate aromas. This wine is full-bodied with moderate acidity with an intriguing finish of bitter almonds. It is an unusual flavor that is reminiscent of a digestive style of wine.


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