Wine 1: Chateau St. Michelle Orphelin Red 2004 (Washington) - This wine is a fine, bold-style, soft and juicy red blend. It's straightforward and simple. Nothing wrong with that. Except.... Why oh why does the winery tout the presence of Malbec (0.1%!), Touriga (0.4%!!), Souzao (0.5%!!!) - and even Petit Verdot (3.5%). I suppose it's intellectually stimulating to consider some odd varietals kicking it in my glass. However, I'll be blunt: I can't taste them. There may as well have been 0.2% Concord and 0.12%
Via Niagara. With this wine's hefty dose of Rhone rag-a-muffins (Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre), it really doesn't matter what grape make up that last 4.5%....or does it?
Wine 2: Sexto DOC Terra Alta 2004 (Spain) - Lest you think I'm picking on the exuberantly styled new world wines, try this affordable Spaniard (~$9). Again, it's a perfectly pleasant pizza wine. And yet, there, on the label is the Spanish word 'sexto' (= 6th). Why is this wine named, '6th'? Well, it contains 6% Lledoner Pelut Noir (also referred to as the 'hairy Grenache' clone!?!). Now that's a grape very few have ever sipped, let alone heard of. But honestly, this wine simply tastes like a cheap-n-cheerful Spanish red. Fine and dandy, but nothing unique.
Why can't I get a unique, varietal-based wine that doesn't have the unique varietals buried under an avalanche of commoners?
Have you sampled a unique, varietal-based wine recently, which was also unique-tasting? Do tell.