Wine Review: Aresti Trisquel Assemblage 2014, Dopff & Irion Crustacés Alsace 2015

Reviewer’s Note: Samples of the wines discussed here were provided at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

A red blend that hails from Chile’s famed Colchagua Valley and an Alsace white came to our door a few days ago. Chile’s 65-year-old Aresti winery is located in the foothills of the breathtaking Andes mountains, operated by a pair of sisters who inherited it from their father. Dopff & Irion is a renowned Alsace producer that’s been cultivating wine for centuries. With tomorrow being July 4th—an American holiday known as much for celebrating our nation’s independence as for the enjoyment of colorful fireworks displays and outdoor cooking—two wines that lend themselves to a particular kind of food pairing as well as these do would prove to be quite the find.

Aresti Trisquel Assemblage 2014

This mid-bodied red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot gives up a robust raspberry-led bouquet that is sweet and jammy at the lower rim of the glass, with fresh berries awaiting at the upper rim. Supporting these are whiffs of red currant and the floral notes one would expect petit Verdot to bring to the mix, along with a distinct impression of tobacco. On the palate, refined tannins and fresh, juicy berries converge with rejuvenating acidity to create a luscious, easy-drinking wine that finished with complexity enough to make it the star of any meal pairing to feature grilled foods. Meats like burgers, lamb chops, or sausages will go down nicely with a glass, as will grilled root veggies and fatty poultry like duck breast.

Alc.: 13-14%


Dopff & Irion Crustacés Alsace 2015

This dry Alsatian white introduces itself through fresh aroma of crisp, ripened apples. These chatty elements are underlaid by hushed mineral essences laced with lemon. The fruity bouquet follows through from nose to tongue, every sip serving lemon-zested apple on slabs of washed stone. Balanced by middling acidity, this medium-bodied wine finishes clean, and as crisp as a Golden Delicious. This is a wine made for pairing with seafood (a state of which no small point is made by its name and by the colorful illustrated marine creatures decorating the bottle label) like grilled shrimp, scallops, and crab. It also plays well with grilled poultry such as chicken or turkey burgers, making it a welcome guest at backyard barbecues.

Alc: 12.5%


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