*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample for review.
Many times I head down to my basement and stare at the wines. Then I reach my hand into a rack and play what I like to call “wine roulette.” Sometimes you wine, sometimes you lose. Tonight, I won the lottery twice with this wine and it’s partner. My winner for the evening is the 2010 Domaine du Tariquet Classic which has a screw cap, clocks in at 11% alcohol by volume, and retails for about $10-$11. The wine is a 70/30 blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) Generally, Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano) and Colombard aren’t the most, shall we say, distinctive wines on their own.
2.) Apparently, if you grow them well and blend them together, you actually get a light, fresh wine with great acidity.
3.) I shared this with our neighbors over some deep friend shrimp and they loved it.
4.) $10 is cheap and cheerful for an easy-drinking summer sipper.
On the nose I got floral notes, lemon, spice, and lime zest. The wine smells fresh and I can almost taste the acid. In the mouth I found lime, tart apple, lots of citrus, and tropical notes on the finish. Overall, the wine is bright and crisp with good acidity and paired well with an end of the summer BBQ.