Tasting notes, May 27, 2023; wines for the grill


2022 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
$24.99 / Case Price $20
Martinborough / New Zealand
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Unlike most of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the market, Craggy Range is sourced from the north island hamlet of Martinborough. Distinctly concentrated and bereft of the overly grapefruit nature of many Sauvignon from NZ, this is a terrific aperitif, perfect for serving your guests on a hot day.
2021 Occhipinti SP68 Bianco
$36 / Case Price $28.80
Vittoria / Sicily / Italy
Muscat, Albanello
Named for County Road 68 which is located in the Southeast of Sicily, Occhipinti’s exotic blended white showcases the floral side of Muscat without any sweetness being present. Crisp and refreshing, it is a brilliant match to seafood off the grill.
2022 La Manarine Rosé
On Sale for $17.99
Travaillon / Southern Rhone Valley / France
60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah
This small production Rose (less than 1,000 cases) is produced by the Gasq family in the village of Travaillon. The wine is fermented and then rested briefly in concrete tanks prior to release.
2017 Remhoogte Aspect
$21.99 / Case Price $17.60
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch / South Africa
100% Merlot
A texturally rich, black fruited example of Merlot, Remhoogte’s Aspect is sourced from only estate vineyards. Dark blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors are balanced by subtle oak spice.
2021 Hither & Yon Shiraz
$32.99 / Case Price $26.40
McLaren Vale / Southeast Australia
100% Shiraz
Sourced from throughout the McLaren Vale area, Hither & Yon is a decidedly elegant example of Shiraz though not without plenty of stuffing and fruit. The weight and moderate acidity present make this bottling a great match for red meats.
2019 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon
$64.99 / Case Price $48
Napa Valley / California / US
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot, 
Aged for 20 months in a combination of new (33%) and used (67%) French oak, the 2019 Frank Family Cabernet opens with aromas of dark currant and cacao which lead to a silky textured cassis and blueberry-laden palate.