Oveja Blanca Moscatel Seco 2013—this limited-run dry Muscat from central Spain’s Cuenca Province deftly combines bright floral aromas and unexpected blueberry notes with that characteristic essence of ripe golden table grapes that defines this varietal; the numbered bottle is a nice touch (in this case, item 00479 of 17,520...), but even without it this would be a steal at PLN 35 from Warsaw’s El Catador

Oveja Blanca Moscatel Seco 2013—this limited-run dry Muscat from central Spain’s Cuenca Province deftly combines bright floral aromas and unexpected blueberry notes with that characteristic essence of ripe golden table grapes that defines this varietal; the numbered bottle is a nice touch (in this case, item 00479 of 17,520...), but even without it this would be a steal at PLN 35 from Warsaw’s El Catador

Winnica Turnau Hibernal 2015—shockingly good, with racy acidity, floral nuances, clear blackcurrant notes and satisfying minerality all belying the “semi-sweet” designation on the label; akin to a Sauvignon Blanc in aroma, but closer to Riesling in finish, with stunning capacity to match all kinds of food, including fresh summer fruit (and the entire meal that followed); PLN 75—and worth it

Winnica Turnau Hibernal 2015—shockingly good, with racy acidity, floral nuances, clear blackcurrant notes and satisfying minerality all belying the “semi-sweet” designation on the label; akin to a Sauvignon Blanc in aroma, but closer to Riesling in finish, with stunning capacity to match all kinds of food, including fresh summer fruit (and the entire meal that followed); PLN 75—and worth it

Tesch Riesling Unplugged 2012—a superb, especially dry exemplar of the varietal, exhibiting the vibrance of crisp tart apples, stony minerality, racy citrus acids and a surprising, tantalizing hint of the smoky intensity of a prune; grown and processed in Germany’s Nahe region in keeping with an “unplugged” low-intervention philosophy; the single complaint concerns the opaque black bottle, which makes it difficult to pace pouring and drinking; a steal at PLN 49 from Mielżyński

Tesch Riesling Unplugged 2012—a superb, especially dry exemplar of the varietal, exhibiting the vibrance of crisp tart apples, stony minerality, racy citrus acids and a surprising, tantalizing hint of the smoky intensity of a prune; grown and processed in Germany’s Nahe region in keeping with an “unplugged” low-intervention philosophy; the single complaint concerns the opaque black bottle, which makes it difficult to pace pouring and drinking; a steal at PLN 49 from Mielżyński

Buchegger Riesling von den Rieden 2013 (co-branded Løgismose)—to my palate, the perfect Riesling, mouthwateringly tart, tantalizingly sweet, subtly vegetal and just flinty, chalky and salty enough to be both interesting and refreshing, without ever descending into overbearing minerality; a minor splurge at DKK 115 from Copenhagen’s premier wine sellers

Buchegger Riesling von den Rieden 2013 (co-branded Løgismose)—to my palate, the perfect Riesling, mouthwateringly tart, tantalizingly sweet, subtly vegetal and just flinty, chalky and salty enough to be both interesting and refreshing, without ever descending into overbearing minerality; a minor splurge at DKK 115 from Copenhagen’s premier wine sellers

Finca Torremilanos Ribera del Duero Montecastrillo Rosado 2013—an exceptional organic 100% Tempranillo rosé from 20-year-old vines, featuring bold strawberry aroma, clean herbal notes and intriguing minerality; a steal at PLN 33 from Warsaw's El Catador

Finca Torremilanos Ribera del Duero Montecastrillo Rosado 2013—an exceptional organic 100% Tempranillo rosé from 20-year-old vines, featuring bold strawberry aroma, clean herbal notes and intriguing minerality; a steal at PLN 33 from Warsaw's El Catador

Valdeorras Bolo Godello 2013—grown by master winemaker Rafael Palacios with minimal intervention, this straw-colored old vine single-varietal features a rich texture, ripe pear aroma and an exquisite balance of acid, mineral, leafy and saline notes; excellent value at PLN 45 from acclaimed Warsaw-based importer El Catador

Valdeorras Bolo Godello 2013—grown by master winemaker Rafael Palacios with minimal intervention, this straw-colored old vine single-varietal features a rich texture, ripe pear aroma and an exquisite balance of acid, mineral, leafy and saline notes; excellent value at PLN 45 from acclaimed Warsaw-based importer El Catador

Ollieux Romanis Atal Sia 2010—with ripe black fruit, buttery caramel, heady cocoa, rich warm spice and a name that means “let it be” in the Occitan language—this is one unoaked biodynamic red that offers a striking combination of opulence and austerity; 50% Carignan with 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, grown on low-yielding old vines with minimal intervention in the Corbières Boutenac district of Languedoc-Roussilon; a rare pleasure at PLN 98 from Mielżyński

Ollieux Romanis Atal Sia 2010—with ripe black fruit, buttery caramel, heady cocoa, rich warm spice and a name that means “let it be” in the Occitan language—this is one unoaked biodynamic red that offers a striking combination of opulence and austerity; 50% Carignan with 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, grown on low-yielding old vines with minimal intervention in the Corbières Boutenac district of Languedoc-Roussilon; a rare pleasure at PLN 98 from Mielżyński

Varvaglione 12 e Mezzo Negroamaro del Salento IGP 2012—rich but easy at 12.5% alcohol, this purebred from Puglia balances the heady sweetness of a concentrated balsamico tradizionale with the tartness of red currants and an intriguing hint of haricot vert; excellent company for rich foods featuring tomatoes and caramelized onions; PLN 42 from Wielkie Wina Włoskie

Varvaglione 12 e Mezzo Negroamaro del Salento IGP 2012—rich but easy at 12.5% alcohol, this purebred from Puglia balances the heady sweetness of a concentrated balsamico tradizionale with the tartness of red currants and an intriguing hint of haricot vert; excellent company for rich foods featuring tomatoes and caramelized onions; PLN 42 from Wielkie Wina Włoskie

Tedeschi Valpolicella Lucchine 2012—a clean coupage that sees no wood, balanced and reserved, with sour cherry, tomato vine and almond quietly vying for attention; a deal at PLN 39 from Mielżyński

Tedeschi Valpolicella Lucchine 2012—a clean coupage that sees no wood, balanced and reserved, with sour cherry, tomato vine and almond quietly vying for attention; a deal at PLN 39 from Mielżyński

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling 2012—redolent of honey, dry flowering herbs and zesty citrus, this Pfaltz Riesling presents a perfect harmony of sweetness, acidity and chalky minerality; pairs perfectly with sushi, mirroring the flavor and aroma of seasoned sushi rice; PLN 68 from Mielżyński

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling 2012—redolent of honey, dry flowering herbs and zesty citrus, this Pfaltz Riesling presents a perfect harmony of sweetness, acidity and chalky minerality; pairs perfectly with sushi, mirroring the flavor and aroma of seasoned sushi rice; PLN 68 from Mielżyński

Pinterest
Szukaj