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Famille Lafage Miraflors Rosé 2022
Côtes Catalanes, France, $22
This delicate rosé of grenache gris, grenache noir and mourvèdre hails from southwestern France, in the Roussillon region, near the Pyrenees. This is what rosé should be: Pale pink translucent as gossamer, floral and saline, refreshing as an early autumn breeze. ABV: 12.5 percent. BW: 645 grams (Average).
Cartuxa Évora Branco 2021
Portugal’s Alentejo region is best known for affordable value wines, but it can climb the wow ladder when it wants to. The Cartuxa wines, including a deep, savory Tinto (red), demonstrate Alentejo’s ability to produce extraordinary wines while maintaining good value for the price. (Though the extravagant bottle most likely adds extra cost without contributing value.) The winery takes its name from a Carthusian monastery dating to the late 16th century, where monks lived a vow of silence. They may have been contemplating wines like these. The Branco is a blend of antão vaz, arinto and roupeiro grape varieties fermented and aged without oak. The result is a mineral-driven wine with flavors of white flowers, citrus and quince and a complex finish that lasts so long your food may get cold waiting for you to take the next bite. This belongs among the top tier of the world’s white wines at this price level. ABV: 13 percent. BW: 700 grams (Heavy).
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