From the State Line Wine Cellars…
On occasion, we feature either individual wines or a particular winery or event. Read on for current “Wines of the Week” and other Featured Wines!
Wine of the Week: Penfolds 2019 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
$24.99 / 750ml
…compare with a national average of $30
Anyone who drinks Australian wine will recognize the name Penfolds. Established in 1844 as the Penfolds wine company at Magill Estate, they have been a fixture in the Australian wine scene ever since.
Their Kalimna Shiraz was the first of their “Bin” series that they started back in 1959. Originally the fruit was sourced from a vineyard that they had purchased in the 1940’s, but today it comes from multiple vineyard sites with a good chunk of it coming from Barossa valley.
The wine is 100% Shiraz (Syrah) that spends a bit of time in oak barrels of varying age and size. On the palate it really speaks to the concentration of fruit found in wine from this part of Australia, while maintaining enough tannin to ensure balance. This wine has always struck me as an outstanding value with the possibility of at least a decade’s worth of aging ahead of it.
– Joe Buchter, Import Wine Buyer
State Line’s Easter Wine Pairings
Susan has picked out a selection of wines to pair with a fine lamb or ham meal coming up in the near future.
Escala Humana Valle de Uco Livvera Bequignol Tinto 2020, Valle de Uco, Argentina $22.99
A fresh, juicy, lively red wine without a lot of tannins or oak. Easy to quaff and partner with appetizers, desserts, and hams. Purply, floral and warm spice flavors, compelling in an easy sort of way. From a single vineyard, the Bequignol Noir grape originated in SW France.
Carol Shelton Coquille Rouge 2020, Central Coast California, $24.99
For lamb lovers and for big red wine lovers. As best described by the winemaker, “the wines of the Rhone Valley were the inspiration for this blend, in which Carignane and Grenache Noir bring tangy red fruit, Mourvedre fills in with savory gaminess, Alicante-Bouschet adds spicy blueberry fruit and color, and Petite Syrah gives peppery backbone.”
Bisson Dry Rose of Ciliegiolo, Golfo del Tiglulia, Portofino, Liguria, Italy $24.99
For those of you who may be on the fence about whether to have a white or red for your feast, this rose of Ciliegiolo, a traditional red grape rarely seen outside this region, may be an ideal choice. Medium weight, full on dark cherry, wild berries and soft flowers offer an intriguing treat to your palate.