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2016 Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko Terra Nera, Greece, Santorini, Wine Review

100% Assyrtiko grapes.  Light golden in color.  The nose has slight lemons with a bit or herbals notes and minerals.  On the palate, these are also present along with some pears.  There is a lot of depth here and it seems like it might develop with some air.  Enough but not a lot of acidity.  Lemony finish.  This should work great with sea food or lighter fare.  $28 per bottle retail, it is worth trying one to see where it goes.  It seems young now and like a couple of years would have some upside.  

2016 Silva Daskalaki Emphasis White, Greece, Crete, Wine Review

This is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Plyto.  Light gold in color with green swirls.  The nose is interesting with a Sweet-Tart candy quality with green and orange flavors.  On the palate, the notes become more identifiable as citrus with lemon and lime.  Dry with good acidity.  It is full bodied with a lovely texture.  This drinks bigger than the sum of its parts and has a nice finish.  Works well on its own but would would well with lighter foods.  It retails for $25 which seems fairly priced both for the uniqueness and the quality.  Nice looking packaging.  

2017 Kanakaris Notos White, Greece, Peloponnesos, Wine Review

This is an interesting wine.  100% Roditis.  It retails for $9 which makes it a nice value especially when looking for something different.  Pale silvery green in color.  The nose has some peaches and limes which is interesting with nice minerality.  On the palate, more about minerality, slight saline and some citrus.  Easy drinking but enough acidity to work with food.  The salinity also makes it great for shell fish.  This wine is fresh and should probably be drunk in the first couple of years.  

2016 The Furst Gewurztraminer, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Produced at Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg.  This was (surprisingly?) a couple of steps up from the 2015.  Light golden in color.  Great nose of Lychees and slight canned peaches.  On the palate, lively acidity cuts through the slight sweetness.  Lychees and peaches with underlying minerality.  Despite the acidity, the wine is round.  Will work great with spicy foods (this Asian) and lighter foods.  It retails for $17 which is a great value.  

2016 Pinot Blanc The Furst, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Produced at Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg.    The nose has minerals and slight peaches.  On the palate, there are more peaches but underlying minerality.  Slightly oily texture.  Nice acidity.  Will work with lighter and medium bodied foods and on its own.  Retails for $17 which is a nice value.  

2017 Bodegas Cobertizo Bierzo El Blanco, Spain, Bierzo, Wine Review

This is 100% Godello from mostly older vines in northwest Spain.  Light silvery gold in color.  The nose is about minerals and crushed shells.  On the palate, this has nice acidity.  Not a big wine but steely/clean.  Lots of minerality.  Slightly oily texture.  Nice finish.  Will work great with sea food.  Made for early drinking.  $18 retail is fair.  

2017 Biurko Sauvignon Blanc, Spain, Rioja, Wine Review

This is a young wine from Rioja using Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  It is a bit of a different take on both white Rioja and Sauvignon Blanc.  Light silvery gold in color.  The nose is very nice.  There is some grapefruit but mostly this has a refreshing clean aroma to it with some underlying minerals.  On the palate, this is again, about the minerality.  A very round wine and easy to drink.  Some citrus and acidity but not dominant.  Works fine on its own bout will work with lighter foods.  Retails for around $15 which is a nice value.  

2017 Bodega Elizalde Bizkaiko Txakolina Mendraka, Spain, Pais Vasco, Wine Review

This is from the Basque region of Spain.  It is a bit richer and more elegant than most Txacolis.  Also no spritz.  Light golden in color.  The nose has some citrus and minerals.  On the palate, this is tart but also rich bodied.  Some citrusy notes.  Good finish.  This is very food friendly but needs light and medium bodied foods.  Retails for $20 which is fair.  Made from the Hondarrabi Zuri grape.  

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