Guest Author - Jim Fortune
2008 La Yunta
La Rioja, Argentina
12.5% ALC by VOL
It's summertime, almost, and I've been looking for a combination wine that I can serve on warm afternoons as an aperitif or as the main wine for dinner with friends or just to have a nice wine to enjoy a quiet dinner with my wife. A few years ago there were plenty of good Pinot Grigio wines that would have fit the bill, but after trying them this spring, they have all left me feeling Ho Hum.
I guess I have been spoiled or maybe I am just looking for something that is going to grab me by the throat and shake me a time or two. The wine brands on the shelves these days, the same brands I used to buy last year and the year before, are all flat. I sip, I swirl, I move the wine around in my mouth and no lights come on. Imagine a pin ball machine and the bumpers don't bump, the lights don't light and even if you try for a "Tilt!" it never goes there. The ball goes to "BOING!", hits the top, and rolls down to the gutter. No points, no bells, no dings, nothing - zero points.
It's been discouraging. I have been looking for an American or maybe an Italian white with plenty of flavor and some zip, but the ones I have tried haven't been up to my par. About three weeks ago, while cruising up and down the wine aisles I stopped in the aisle for Argentina and Chile. There was a single row of something called La Yunta. A single row is a sign to me of a low seller and there were only a few bottles on the shelf. The wine was $8.99 and had a screw cap. I got a little excited about the screw cap actually. Over the past couple of years, I have had many great wines with screw caps and I thought maybe I was on to something.
I asked George about the wine and he said he thought it was a sleeper. The La Yunta was $8.99 for the bottle, so I put it in my cart. I read the back label and it mentioned melon and peach, along with a citrus flavor. I put it on ice and got it out for a Sunday afternoon taste. The bottle was well chilled, and I poured two glasses. We sniffed, swirled, swished and took a sip. Hmmm . . . This is something I think I am going to like. As a matter of fact, I went back the next Friday and they only had one bottle. I went to the front desk and asked about getting a case if I liked it and they said I could call back if I wqanted to order a case.
The wine does have a citrus flavor. Although the label says green melon and white peach, I did not get those flavors. It does have a slight bit of oak but just a slight taste. Enough for you to tell there is oak, but not woody - very, very light.
I think you will like it. I ordered a case, bringing my price per bottle to under $8.00.
I sincerely hope that you are doing O.K. and that things in your neck of the woods are alright.
All the best,
Jim Fortune, The BellaOnline Wine Guy