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Mini-reviews 163: Black Friday edition 2022
Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the fourth Friday of each month. This month: four whites for Black Friday 2022
• Bodega Marichal Sauvignon Blanc 2021 ($12, sample, 12.7%): Uruguayan sauvignon blanc that is spot on and resembles the old Chilean style (some lemon, maybe some minerality). Simple and not stupid. Availability may be a problem. Imported by Global Vineyard Importers
• Adega de Portalegre Conventual Reserva Branco 2018 ($11, sample, 12%): Why would I get a sample for a wine that isn't available in the U.S.? Your guess is as good as mine. Too bad it isn't: this Portuguese white blend is subtle and interesting, with some stone fruit and spice. Imported by Wines of Portugal
• Bodegas Godelia Blanco 2020 ($12, purchased, 13.5%): One more label with little U.S. distribution, but find it for $15 or less and you have a terrific buy. Spanish white is subtle -- almost stone fruit, but more crisp than viognier and not as rich as chardonnay. A fine food wine. Imported by Europvin USA
• Pavette Sauvignon Blanc 2020 ($12, purchased, 12.2%): This California white (though the link says it's from Washington state) gets points for effort. Not many are still bothering to make quality wine at this price in California. It's a bit too tart, though, and needs a little more fruit other than its grassy aroma.