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Raats Original Chenin Blanc, 2013

We admit South African wines are among our favorites. Bruwer Raats was called “the most exciting and forward thinking winemaker in Stellenbosch, winning 86 points from Neal Martin (Wine Spectator) and many accolades and honors.


We loved the 2013 Chenin Blanc with its fruity notes of melon, apple, pineapple and lime and great minerality. The 35 year-old vines produce grapes, and subsequently wines that are both powerful and elegant. This unwooded offering’s fruitiness is attributed to one of two types of soils, one with decomposed granite and a second, responsible for its minerality, from the sandstone. The wines are produced without wood (oak) aging, celebrating Chenin in its natural state, says Raats, who celebrates its “vibrant freshness” and flavors. Go to www.raats.co.za or www.pasternakwine.com.

Wine of the Week – Lungarotti Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio 2005

Elegant and complex define this beautiful blend of Lungarotti’s 70 percent Sangiovese and 30 percent Canaiolo from an Italian hillside vineyard 300 meters above sea level. It offers hints of wild cherry and blackberry, violet and a long and spicy finish. It’s 14 percent ABV with nicely structured tannins, fruitiness and acidity. It’s made for long life so decant it and give it a chance to breathe. This is a wine that won’t disappoint and if you don’t finish it, cork it. It’s even better the second time around! Serve with red meats and aged cheeses, or simply sip it by itself. This is that wine you’ve been saving to treat yourself.