Today I tasted a few wines from Planet Grapes’ ever-evolving Enomatic flight of 16 different wines from around the world, featured in their tasting room. As mentioned before, Planet Grapes has a bar/tasting room in McKinley Hills (with WiFi!) that’s a fun place to hang out with friends or get some work done–while indulging your wine addiction.
July’s flight consists of the wines below, available in tasting, half-glass, and full glass portions. My notes are below the wines I sampled.
2011 Angeline Sauvignon Blanc
- Nectarine on the nose, great tropical fruit refreshing acid. The tropical tones set the stage for a smooth finish and vibrant passion fruit. This wine is a particularly thin sauv. blanc, but would do well with foods that may be overpowered by other wines. It would be amazing with salads or sushi. Smooth, light, vibrant, refreshing.
2010 Sidewood Pinot Gris
2011 Joel Gott Riesling
- Riesling is one of my favorites, and this young wine has only just begun developing the petrol aromas that are so characteristically Riesling-esque. Behind the light petrol are scents of tangerine and crisp apples. Hot flavors, burst of floral notes, and the wonderful apple and peach promised from the nose. Awesome dessert wine for those who aren’t a fan of dessert wines.
2011 Durant Ranch Vineyards Chardonnay
2010 Laurus Viognier
2011 Crane Lake Gewurztraminer
2010 Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rose
2011 Camas Pinot Noir
2010 Ventura Carmenere
2010 Pircas Negras Barbera
2010 Cartlidge & Browne Zinfandel
- An abundance of red and purple fruit on the nose, much darker coming from the zesty Riesling. This wine is full bodied, with obvious (but not overpowering) smokey tannins and amazing dark cherry and raspberry tones. Pair it with more delicate meats like chicken, pork, prime rib and grilled fish. So good I finished all of it!
2010 Folie a Deux Merlot
2011 Crane Lake Petite Sirah
2011 Louis Cheze Syrah
2008 Stargroves Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pepper and alcohol on the nose. I was a little worried about the alcohol on this one because of it’s strong presence in the nose, but it’s well balanced with fruit and tannin. This wine needs a good steak or ribs to balance it out. There was the tiniest hint of vanilla, which I’d love to pair with any creamy dish. This wine would also go well with sharp blue cheese.
2009 Woodstock Botrytis Semillon
The Planet Grapes tasting room is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m to 12 a.m. They are located at Bldg. 3 Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Rd., Mckinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Find out more at planetgrapes.com.ph.