At $10, this blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Viognier from Mendoza’s Familia Zuccardi winery could easily have been one of Glenn’s “Plonk Picks” – a very good wine at a very good price. The nose has lots of melon, tropical notes, and a surprising stony minerality. Mango and butter, underscored by oak, dominate the palate. The mouthfeel is rich and textural, with a slight oiliness. The richness is nicely balanced by acidity that keeps the wine fresh and lively. The finish is long with lingering stone fruit and a touch of bitterness. At $10 it is an affordable crowd pleaser that is enjoyable with or without food.
At Julio’s Liquors for $9.99.