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Top 10 wines in the US press

After an enforced break, we’re back highlighting the top 10 wines in the US press with zingy Italian whites taking the spotlight.

Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2015

FR-ROS61-2Young, ephemeral and ready to drink immediately, Eric Asimov of the New York Times is on a Rosé fix this week and we’ve selected the Bandol as the standout choice. At precisely the right shade of pink and just the right fruit aromas, with maybe a little sweetness for the soft-drink lovers, Asimov is keen to point out just how good this wine is for the summer.

2014 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica

1207514xPatrick Chomisky tells the Los Angeles Times that the Verdicchio is a fragrant, generous white variety grown in the Marche, in central Italy, where it makes a wine of irresistible charm and vibrancy. With a slight lemony zest on the nose, the head more towards tangerine and minerals.

Château La Gordonne Rosé 2015

102908Pale pink and crisp, with zingy raspberry and melon flavors, this Provençal rosé managed to capture the ripeness of the 2015 vintage while retaining the refreshing acidity we expect from rosé, Dave McIntyre tells the Washington Post.

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Claret Cabernet Sauvignon

bottle_claretFrancis Ford Coppola has been a wine producer in the Napa Valley since 1975 and the San Francisco Chronicle has highlighted The Claret as the stand out offering. Blended in the standard Bordeaux style, there flavours of blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso.

Mt. Beautiful Riesling, New Zealand

Riesling-Bottle-Shot-Transparent1Sandra Silfven tells the Detroit News that the palate is full of bright pink grapefruit tones and honeysuckle blossoms and pays homage to it for mirroring its cousins from the Mosel river.

Saracina, Mendocino County, Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

1468247063-nf_24wow17gmIn the mouth it’s creamy, yet finishes bright with zippy acidity. It’s a great summer refresher that will shine alongside grilled chicken thighs with tomato salsa or a chilled melon gazpacho, so says Rebecca Murphy in the Dallas News.

2014 Tenuta della Terra Nere Etna Bianco

724521192The indigenous variety to Carricante dominates the blend here, resulting in a wine routinely thrilling for its racy minerality and depth of flavour, says the LA TImes‘ Patrick Comisky.

McPherson Piquepoul Blanc Timmons Ranch 2015

ZWyciPDQQse3zunN53y1MwAnother one of Dave McIntyre’s picks for the Washington Post. He hails the McPherson as being ripe and full, with melon, peach and roasted apricot flavours and is delicious by itself or with simple summer salads.

Telero Rosso (Negroamaro) 2013, Cantele

A11TRNCV06BRed fruit with delicate herbaecous notes with a wide range of aromas including sour cherry, red prune and thyme followed by flint. The flavour of this wine is defined by its balance of delicacy, report Armit Wines.

Telero Bianco (Bombino) 2015, Cantele

___82868_origNotes of lily, magnolia, juniper, and linden, followed by ripe fruit and seductive herbaceous aromas.

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