Jun 18 2010

World Cup Wines: Consolation Prizes

Published by at 7:32 AM under News and Trends,Rose Wines,Spain,White Wines

The World Cup kicked off just a week ago, and already we’ve seen winemaking giants Germany, France, Spain, Australia, and South Africa taste defeat. Unlike many other countries in the tournament though, the teams and their millions of fans can replace the taste of defeat with the taste of their native land’s stellar wines.

Here at Just Grapes, we say, go ahead and drown your sorrows! And if you’re happy those teams lost, then raise a glass in celebration! Either way, you can’t go wrong with these picks:

GermanyGermany: Lost to Serbia, but still wins with…

2007 Merkelbach Riesling Auslese, Urziger Wurzgarten Mosel River Valley, Germany [$24.79]

Lilies, red currants, and cherries can be found intermingled with white flowers in the aromatic profile of the 2002 Riesling Auslese Urziger Wurzgarten (Fuder Nr. 19/02). This suave, light to medium-bodied, satin-textured effort reveals loads of tangy white fruits in its gorgeously friendly character. Plush, angle-free, and forward, it is an Auslese to consume over the next 15-18 years.

FranceFrance: Lost to Mexico, but makes a statement with…

2007 Hippolyte Reverdy, Rose, Sancerre, Loire Valley,France [$14.79]

A 100% Pinot Noir Rose exhibits a beautiful salmon color. On the nose an aromatic bouquet of wild red strawberries and watermelon is followed by seashell minerality and sea breeze salinity. The fresh fruit dances on the palate and is in wonderful step with this roses acidity. This gorgeous blush is best served slightly chilled. It finishes refreshing long and crisp. Gets my vote as best Rose ever at Just Grapes! – Maggie’s Staff Pick

SpainSpain: Lost to Switzerland, but scores with…

2008 Tres Picos Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain [$15.19]

Opaque purple. Exotically perfumed bouquet of dark berry preserves, smoky minerals, potpourri and Indian spices, with a strong note of cracked pepper. Very spicy and tightly focused, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors and sexy notes of candied flowers and cocoa powder. Finishes with a wallop of sweet red berries and lingering, seductive spiciness; as ridiculous a value as one can find these days. The yield for this wine was reportedly under two tons per acre. 91 Pts – International Wine Cellars

AustraliaAustralia: Lost to Germany, but dominates with…

2004 Noon Reserve Shiraz, Langhorne Creek, South Australia [$99.99]

On the nose, this wine is a complex amalgam of melted tar, ripe plums, red berries, cedar and boot polish. The wine is intensely flavored but remarkably light on its feet. With excellent balance, the black fruit and spice flavors linger on the palate to provide a very long finish. Fine grained tannins are in abundance from the long fermentations this year providing excellent ageing potential. 98 Pts – Robert Parker

South AfricaSouth Africa: Lost to Uruguay, but takes the lead with…

2009 Mulderbosch, Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa [$13.19]

“A refreshing and fruity nose that delivers a bit of spice and mineral complexity. This wine keeps you guessing with every sip! A crisp clean drink with a subtlety that looks for a varied interpretation. A classic expression of South African Steen.” On the nose this white wine displays tinned pineapples, guavas, litchi, lemon and lime aromas are abundant. A clean, lively wine with nuances of nutmeg and cloves.

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