2016 Bodegas y Vinedos Inteus Aviadores del Terruno Blanco
Being the first certified organic vineyard in all of Rioja – back in 1980 – Bodegas Inteus were way ahead of their time. Luis Palacio’s vineyards are picture-perfect with some vines dating over 150 years old. His reds are exceptional, but this white made from 90% Tempranillo Blanco and 10% a mix of Viura, Malvasia, and Garnacha Blanca is a stunner! Aromas of stone fruits and melon on the nose segue into marzipan and vanilla notes, and the texture blends bright tones with a rich mid-palate that would go perfectly with mixed greens salad with chèvre or a fresh seafood platter.
2014 Château Côtes de Bonde Montagne Saint-Emilion
Bordeaux is back, and the wine world is taking note of first-class wines from some of the lesser known regions and producers. The father and son team of Philipe and Stéphane Dignac have been quietly gaining respect with their wines from Pomerol and Montagne Saint-Emilion. The Château Côtes de Bonde is a seamless blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, and this wine showcases classic aromas of cherry and chocolate with integrated tannin structure that will develop over the next 6 years. This is a red to open with a meal paired to highlight its well-crafted qualities: 'Tomates à la Provençale' or rack of lamb would do quite nicely.