This time we'll talk about some of the best Georgian wines you can buy in California.
Rkatsiteli - Orgo
This white or "Amber" wine is made from 100% Rkatsiteli grapes. For those of you who are not accustomed to white wines that are made with skin contact, the Orgo Rkatsiteli 2014 is your best chance to start enjoying this style of wines. While rich in flavors, this is still a very friendly wine with light tannins. The wine is fermented and then aged in Qvevri for approximately 6 months, using skin contact for the entire period of the Qvevri aging. The darker color is determined by the longer skin contact, by the age of the vine trees, and by the terroir.
This wine is so versatile with its acidity and tannin this wine is meant to go with a wide range of food. Try it with pork, trout and even beef.
Mukuzani - Teliani Valley
Teliani Valley Mukuzani (pronounced moo-koi-zah-nee) is 100% Saperavi (pronounced saw-pear-ah-vee) grapes sourced from the PDO (Protected District of Origin) Mukuzani in the Kakheti appellation. Saperavi is a shockingly good varietal and the most grown red grape in Georgia. The Teliani Mukuzani wine sees nine months of oak barrel aging but mostly second use oak.
A complex aroma followed by fresh sour cherry on the front moving into spicy oak, black pepper and earthy tones finishing with firm tannins.
Saperavi - Orgo
The 2015 Orgo Saperavi represents the power of Saperavi balanced with finesse. This wine is made from 80 year old vines. The wine is fermented and aged in Qvevri (large clay jars). Temuri Dakishvili sources the grapes from Kurdgelauri and Tsinandali villages in the Telavi district, on the right bank of the Alazani River. 2015 is Orgo's fourth vintage and it's style given the great whether is a fun contrast from the previous vintage which was a bit lighter and fresh. Approximately 10,000 bottles of the 2015 Saperavi were produce. It is a one of a kind powerful old vine Saperavi.
Aromas of black currant and cherry set the stage for flavors of cassis, leather, juniper berry and dark chocolate. There is a nice balance of fruit and deeper savory notes, and velvety tannins make way for a splash of cherry on the lingering finish.
Khvanchkara - Teliani Valley
Khvanchkara wine is a blend of two indigenous Georgian red varietals, Mujuretuli and Alexandreuli sourced only from the AOC of Khvanchkara located in the Racha district high-up in the Caucasus mountains. The amazing naturally semi-sweet style of wine from this tiny remote viticulture district has very limited production an historically sold at a premium price.
Teliani Valley prides itself on producing authentic Georgian wines. They buy grapes directly from growers in khvanchkara and processes their wine there.
Khvanchkara is a dark ruby colored wine with a lovely berry aromas. Silky and Velvety on the tongue this wine has a burst of fresh red berry fruits, of wild raspberry, pomegranate and strawberry and some sweetness balanced with acidity and a touch of tannin.
Kindzmarauli - Teliani Valley
Kindzmarauli (Kinz-mah-rah-oo-lee) is one of the most well-known Georgian wines. Many American wine-drinkers are put off by the word "sweet" but this authentic naturally semi-sweet wine has been making American converts for the last decade. Kindzmarauli is sweet but not too sweet because it is made from a tannic and complex grape varietal, Saperavi. The characteristics of the Saperavi grape lend balance to the sugar resulting in a well structured wine great for pairings.
This is a juicy wine with structure and finesse. Aromas of crushed rose petals, violets, plums and wild berries. The impression on the palate is one of firmly weighed fruit, a hint of sweetness, with a soft silky finish with a balance of tannin.