Pav on Juice: 2019 in Review

Pavle MilicJanuary 6, 2020
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In an effort to celebrate a year passed, and to possibly introduce you to a wine you haven’t tried yet, I reached out to fellow colleagues in the wine industry to ask them what wines they thought to be memorable in 2019. I’ll start off by telling you my pick: Petit Manseng. Originally from the southwest of France, the Jurançon to be exact, the white varietal held natural appeal to Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, since it happens to be quite resistant to rot – and thus suited to our inclement wet weather during harvest. It also has the uncanny ability to retain high acidity at high sugar levels. I tasted Callaghan’s 2016 vintage, which was rich on the palate and packed with tangerine peel, honey and green herbs on the nose. Shameless plug: I will definitely be planting some on my vineyard in Sonoita.

Maynard James Keenan of Caduceus & Merkin Vineyards
Dos Cabezas WineWorks 1° Principrana Sparkling Wine
“Grenache, Riesling and Tempranillo blend… Crisp pear, peach, and apple with a hint of citric zest. I’m going to buy all of it.”

Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards
2018 Autumn Sage Vineyard Counoise (barrel sample)
“Unusual depth for the variety while still retaining freshness and lift.”

Joe Bechard of Chateau Tumbleweed
2018 Bodega Pierce Malvasia Bianca
“[Vintner] Michael Pierce is getting really good at Malvasia Bianca… He is nailing it – clean, fresh, vibrant and aromatic.”

Todd Bostock of Dos Cabezas Wineworks
2018 Rune Wines Albariño
“Packed with dense, perfumed, citrus-clad floral aromas coupled with [a] rich, palate-cleansing, saline… mouthfeel.”

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