Wine: The next cult grapes?
In today’s wine world, this year’s obscure grapes are next year’s household words, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Four little-known grapes are spotlighted below, but cultivars have been routinely rocketing from obscurity to near ubiquity, so who knows? Maybe one of these will be the next grüner veltliner.
2014 Vigna di Milo Carricante ‘ Caselle’ ($40). This Sicilian white wine, made from the carricante grape, is “fresh, floral, and almost oceanic, with great salinity and minerality.”
2015 Quinta das Marias Encruzado ($13). Grown in the Dão region of Portugal, the encruzado grape produces an “herbal, earthy, tangy” white with “an intriguing bitter note that lingers.”
2013 Nicolas Gonin Persan Mondeuse ($20). The persan and mondeuse grapes both nearly went extinct, but here they meet in a red blend that’s “an utter joy”— “fresh, honest, and slightly funky.” ■