I could use endless adjectives to describe different wines. In wines' almost infinite variety, they're like people. Some are quirky, some are easygoing, some are complex, and some are angry. There are elegant wines and crude wines, visionary wines and simple wines, witty wines, powerful wines, ambitious wines, lazy wines, wines that make you laugh, wines that make you melancholy, wines that make you feel a little unsettled, and wines that teach you something new. And in a year, many of us encounter a wide range of these characters.
But out of the multitudes, there are only a handful that make you sit back and ask with wonder: What is that? Some wines have that unnamable, mysterious quality that pulls you back to the glass to inhale the scent, again and again, always finding something fresh. It's an inexplicable quality that has you finishing the glass still wondering how to describe what you've just imbibed. People take it as a mark of their wine knowledge to be able to pin down what is in the glass they've just tasted. But how much more exciting is it when the wine in the glass refuses to be anatomized, dissected and named?
Today, I'm delighted to present three groups of mysterious, wonderful wines. First, there are six wines from Tormaresca, Antinori's Puglian estate. There are a selection of big reds, one gorgeous Chardonnay, and one terrific rosato--none of these wines will break the bank, but they will pull you back to the glass over and over. I've also chosen three big-bang-for-your-buck Italian whites for easy summertime drinking. I put as much care in choosing inexpensive wines as I do their big ticket brothers, and these three whites will quench your thirst and keep you cool. Finally, there's a pair of sleeper vintage Valdicava Brunello that you do not want to miss. You can drink these now, or you can drink them latter, but whenever you drink them, you will be filled with wonder.