Larry brought this mystery white last night:
- Tikves Rkaciteli SpecSlctn (12.5%; www.Tikves.com.Mk; EricSolomonSlctns) PhilippeCambie/Republic of Macedonia 2013: Pale gold color; somewhat piney/menthol rather floral/appley some earthy/stony attractive nose; soft lush/ripe rather melony/floral/apple/mango light earthy bit tangy/metallic flavor; med.long lightly floral/appley/melony light stony/earthy finish; quite a pretty wine. $18.00
A wee BloodyPulpit:
- Whilst we were tasting this wine blind, the Tikves Rkaciteli popped into my mind, but I rejected it because of Larry’s proclaimed $18 price tag. The wine is available here in NM for about $12. There was enough stoniness in it to make me guess Greece. The '11 showed up here in NM several yrs ago at a $10 price tag. It’s been one of my favorites at Vinagerette restaurant.
This is a wine that PhilippeCambie did not screw up. It retains the stoniness I often find in Rkatstelli, though not the tart/austere character they often show. OTOH, his Tikves Vranac is a classic PhilippeCambie…soft/fat/porky over-oaked over-the-top grapey alcoholic soupy…just like his CdP…bludgeoned of any Vranac indigeneous character by the Cambie style.