Every year, I pick up at least a case of Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône. The blend of Rhone grapes vary from year to year (generally Grenache with Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre) but the outcome is always the same…a darn good wine that you can easily score for far less than a $20. The wine is fermented with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled, cement tanks. It is then aged in cement tanks and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône 2013 definitely fits the mold for the quality I have come to expect from this wine. The approachable palate is fruit forward with ripe notes of red fruit and spice. There are also hints of earth that help balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Simple and to the point…but that’s quite alright for $11. A great midweek find!
Beach, pool, porch, hammock, boat…what do these words all have in common? They are all great places to enjoy a bottle of Olivier Lemasson Pow Blop Wizz. Pow Blop Wizz is the perfect wine for summertime sipping. This Pet-Nat is a blend of Grolleau and Cabernet Franc from the Loire region of France. Naturally made and incredibly light & balanced, it’s the type of wine you most definitely want to have on hand for pool parties and BBQs.
Pow Blop Wizz is fruit-forward with a touch of residual sugar but it has enough eccentricity to balance the palate. There are tastes of melon, strawberries, and yeast with delicate bubbles and a bit of a creamy texture. Incredibly fresh and sooooooooo easy to sip but, be warned, one bottle of this gluttonous wine is not enough! I would buy a case if I could find more in LA! (10% alcohol, $20)
Life is too short not to have lots of bubbly on hand! Those are words to live by (at least in my house), and I am constantly in search of great sparkling wine for under $30. Although sometimes tough, it is not an impossible feat. Last week, as I was perusing the sparkling wine section at Hi-Time Wine Cellars, I spotted a bottle of sparkling wine from the Jura region of France. When I saw the price of $18.98, I couldn’t help but grab a bottle. I mean, I generally love Jura wines and the price…was it too good to be true? Fortunately, Benoît Mulin Crémant du Jura Brut intrigued my palate from the first sip. Méthode Traditionelle is used for this blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Reminscent of Champagne in style yet a fraction of the cost.
At first whiff, there are intriguing floral aromas mingled with brioche and apricots. The palate is rich and complex with delicate bubbles. Layers of green apple, apricot, and grapefruit are surrounded by dominant notes of yeast. The wine finishes with more bready notes and hints of pine nuts. Powerful yet balanced, I will definitely be grabbing a few more bottles! (12.5% alcohol)
There are some “go-to” wines that you can almost always find in our house and among those wines is Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois. Marcel Lapierre was a genius winemaker and his legacy still carries on through his family and the wine they produce. His Raisins Gaulois is 100% Gamay from Beaujolais and is made without any addition of S02. This natural wine is made with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfiltered.
The wine pours a cloudy, ruby color in the glass and opens with aromas of bright, red fruit. The palate is filled with juicy tastes of red cherries, cranberries, and red currants with hints of earth and minerals. It displays such purity that each glass is hard to put down. I seriously love this wine and think it’s incredibly hard to find a better Gamay for under $15. Best served slightly chilled! (12.5% alcohol, $14)