The last wine I uncorked from Avanguardia was their 2007 Cristallo. The wine is made from more than 90% of the Rkatsiteli grape. Rkatsiteli originated in the country of Georgia and is one of the oldest grape varieties. It is rarely planted in the US so I was super excited to be able to try a California version of this wine.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Avanguardia 2007 Cristallo is a blend of over 90% Rkatsiteli with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Melon de Bourgogne. It has 12.5% alcohol and retails for $14. For more information see www.avanguardiawines.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Cristallo pours a pale yellow in the glass. Pear, talc, slate, and floral aromas make for an interesting nose. The palate is bold and crisp. Pear, apple, lemon, and mineral notes are surrounded by zesty, age-worthy acidity. The finish is zingy and long. Definitely not for those wanting a buttery, oaky mouthful but perfect for those wanting to awaken and refresh their taste buds. For $14, I would definitely recommend giving this grape a try. And don’t be afraid to cellar it for a bit, it should age nicely!
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair with fried oysters, a seafood salad, or grilled chicken
*This wine was sent to me as a media sample