Mini-reviews 52: Beach House, Trump, Hedges, Drouhin
Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month.
• Beach House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($10, sample, 13%): South African white was much different than I thought it would be — young and fresh and citrusy, with a bit of a pithy finish. It’s a one-note wine, but delivers value for price.
• Trump SP Brut 2008 ($30, sample, 12%): Virginia sparkling wine from the former Kluge Estate continues the Kluge tradition of excellent bubbly. Lots of tight bubbles, crisp cherry fruit, an even finish, and a noticeable and welcome lack of oak.
• Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2011 ($25, sample, 13.5%): One of the best wines I’ve tasted this year — classic Washington state red blend with rich, black fruit and where the Washington state syrah stands out. Highly recommended.
• Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Laforet 2011 ($17, sample, 12.5%): Pinot noir from France has some Burgundian character, which means it has a little earthiness and not that much fruit. But it’s a little thin, and the price is problematic.