Wines of the Week: Summertime Sips

During the summer, when the long, hot days just keep coming, more often than not, the perfect antidote is a lovely, chilled glass of wine. Well, our tasting panel has discovered three bottles that have an attractive palate and price, which are sure to help get you through the dog days.

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Domain Wachau 2015 Federspiel Riesling
Winery: Domain Wachau
Grape(s): Riesling

Region: Germany
Year: 2015

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a

The nose brings together aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers. A fresh acidity carries notes of lime, tangerine, and peach, along with accents of spring flowers and minerals. Lively flavors and nice balance make this a lovely summertime wine. Pair with grilled white fish.
Rating: 90

Sacha Lichine 2015 "Single Blend" Rose
Winery: Sacha Lichine

Grape(s): Grenache & Cinsaut

South of France

Year: 2015

Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 10-15

The nose brings together notes of red currants, citrus zest, and strawberries. On the palate, red berry fruit melds with hints of floral spice. A friendly acidity and welcoming fruit make this a nice, bargain rose that's perfect for summer.
Rating: 89

Pazo Cillerio 2015 Albariño
Winery: Pazo Cillerio

Grape(s): 100% Albariño

Region: DO Rías Baixas, Spain


Special Designation: n/a
Farming Certification: n/a
Price: 15-20

Tropical, citrus, and floral elements come together on a lovely nose. The palate offers up flavors of lemon zest, passion fruit, and honeydew that meld with suggestions of minerals and orange blossoms. A fresh acidity and a touch of richness, in terms of mouth-feel, make this a fine companion for your favorite shell fish and sunshine.
Rating: 91

By Jason Barlow

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Ratings Key:
96 — 100
92 — 95
89 — 91
85 — 88
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*Wines rated with a "+" need a bit more time to reach peak quality
but will do so over the coming years


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