This French winemaker, Chateau La Nerthe, produced some of the country’s finest wines in the 1700s, When Phylloxera struck, new owner, Joseph Dacuse, replanted the vines and taught others to graft onto American rootstock that was resistant to Phylloxera, and helped raise standards for higher quality. The 2013 vintage, in the $40 retail price range, is one expected to age beautifully. Light yellow with hints of green, it us rich, creamy,crisp and offers notes of white fruits such as grapefruit and lemon, and white flowers and us well balanced and toasty. The grapes are 38% Roussane, 31% Grenache blanc, 16% Clairette and 15% Bourboulenc, with13.5% ABV. For more information, go to http://pasternakwine.com/
Summer’s winding down but we still crave the crisp whites that cool us on hot, sultry days. The Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from New Zealand reached out and grabbed our attention this week with its beautiful combination of flavors from guava, lemongrass and grapefruit to tropical fruits with a lingering finish. “Bright” describes this wine well but so do “crisp,” “dry” and “fruit forward.” It contains 12.5% ABV, is moderately priced and offers good value to diners and restaurateurs alike.