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Monday, April 16, 2007

Marquis Philips Holly's Blend 2005

Made in South Eastern Australia and imported by Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate, Holly's Blend is actually 100 percent Verdelho. It's hard to say exactly what "blend" might mean in regard to this wine in the future, but for now it's a combination of tank-fermented and barrel-fermented Verdelho.

Verdelho has its origins in Portugal, where it has long been used to make a type of Madeira. It's typically crisp, lemony and medium-bodied. Aging in oak barrels adds mouthfeel and richness, which Holly's Blend has but not in excess. If you'd like a white other than a Chardonnay but not too far afield, this would be a good choice. At $11, it's a great deck wine would work well with chicken and fish too.

Marquis Philips was originally a partnership of Australian winemakers Sparky and Sarah Marquis and American importer Dan Philips. Their collaboration spawned some excellent wines -- Sarah's Blend and the S2 Cabernet Sauvignon come to mind -- and although their collaboration came to an end, the wines live on. Just look for the Roogle....
M. Zane Grey, 10:09 PM