Mini-reviews 167: Four white wines to ponder (which includes availability)
Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, Look for it on the fourth Friday of each month. This month, four white wines to ponder (which includes availability).
• Carpineto Dogajolo Bianco 2020 ($12, purchased, 13%): Interesting blend (40 percent chardonnay, with equal parts grechetto and sauvignon blanc) that mostly overcomes my dislike for Italian wines made with international varietals. Look for some lemony apple thing, softish middle, and floral aroma. Imported by Opici Wines
• The Piedmont Guy Bianco Ercole 2021 ($16/1-liter, purchased, 12%): Three-grape white Italian blend that I bought, but at apparently the only store in the country that sells it. Which, regardless of wine quality -- and it's well made, with ripe lime fruit -- doesn't seem like a successful business plan. Imported by The Piedmont Guy
• The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2021 ($12, purchased, 13%) Better quality New Zealand sauvignon blanc, which means the grapefruit dominates but not necessarily in an unpleasant way. But there is very little else going on, and it would have cost $9 not all that long ago. Imported by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
• Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2022 ($14, sample, 13%): Fairly typical Chilean sauvignon blanc made in the New Zealand style, so more citrus than anything else. May get a little more interesting with some age, but it also would have cost $9 not all that long ago. Imported by Global Vineyard Importers
We've got several shops here in Wichita that carry the Ercole line (white, Barbera, rose, and Moscato). Usually for under $15. Really great value.