WINE OF THE MONTH- MAY

I spent last Saturday tasting wines at the second annual Binny’s Taste at the Track event at Arlington Park, a 4.5 hour tasting extravaganza that has seemingly gained in popularity since last September judging by the crowd. The perfect 75 degree, sunny day, certainly had something to do with that, not to mention the fact that combining a wine tasting with a day of horse racing gives new meaning to the term “genius.” Due to the immense crowd, there were long waits for many wines, but I was able to taste most of the wines that were high on my list. Given the sunny day, perhaps the most enjoyable part of this tasting was the section I segmented off to taste solely white wines, as there were many fantastic whites from many different regions showing there. The one that stuck out the most to me at its price point came from a country that I rarely buy from, and that being the case, is made from a varietal that I hardly ever taste. With summer around the corner, it feels like the right time to feature a white wine, even if I’m a few days late on May.

DOMAINE SIGALAS ASSYRTIKO SANTORINI 2011, 90 Points, $20- Floral white peach aromas and flavors are impressive and refreshing, carrying into a clean, citrus-laden mouthfeel. Floral elements weave throughout and linger long with spice and mineral undertones, finishing without any tartness of fruit, but showing juicy acidity. A very impressive offering from Greece.

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