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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
From the plans of the southern Caucasus in the Republic of Georgia to the outer coastal plain of New Jersey, the ancient Rkatsiteli has found a home at Tomasello Winery. The winery is one of the country's oldest, opening right after Prohibition was repealed (license #68). Three generations of Tomasellos have operated the winery, producing an assortment of vinifera, labrusca, hybrids, and fruit wines - can you say New Jersey blueberries. And Outer Coastal Plain Rkatsiteli ($12). We had hoped to share this wine during our Discovering Georgian Wines for #winechat tasting, but the
logistics of online ordering failed us. Oh well. This wine starts with typical floral aromas, and continues with some apricots and spice on the palette. The wine seems drier than the Horton Vineyards and Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars - although the sugar levels are similar. Not as acidic either, but just enough to balance the equation. Kudos to Tomasello Winery for producing a truly unique wine.