Monday, July 2, 2007

Airlie 7

I might have found one of my favorite summer wines tonight. The Airlie 7, from Airlie Winery. The wine gets its name from the seven varietals that are blended together to make it, Muller Thurgau, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Muscat Ottonel.

The nose has citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon. On the palatte, it gives some lemon-lime citrus and just a touch of spice, with a hint of acid, and just enough sweet. This is a really well balanced wine. It is definitely not dry, but it is not sweet either. You can really pull out the different components of the wine by the taste, like the spice from the Gewurtztraminer, the citrus from the Pinot Gris, and the sweet from the Riesling. This is a really easy to drink wine, especially on a hot day. For $12, this is a really great deal, and I'd give it a 9/10. Its complex enough to make it interesting, but still easy to drink and affordable.

Airlie Winery

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