Trying out a new grape varietal is always a draw for me when I’m perusing my local store shelves. In this case, I saw that the majority of this white blend was made from the Italian grape Cortese. Never having tasted a Cortese wine, I was willing to test my luck and gamble on a new wine experience. After all, the stakes (ante up at $6.99) weren’t too bad.
Vineyard: Azienda Giribaldi
Wine: Winemaker’s Selection White Blend
Varietal: White Blend
Price: $6.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: This blended white is made from 80% Cortese and 20% Chardonnay. At 11.5% alcohol, it was moving toward sweet yet didn’t strike my palate as heavy or syrupy. The color was a very pale lemon yellow, acidity was OK, and the body was quite light. On the nose I found primarily citrus with hints of peach and floral notes. Flavors…