2009 Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli Republic of Georgia

SKU #1075076 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromatic, with notes of black tea leaves, sandalwood and incense, this smoky Georgian amber wine boasts delicate orange rind and blossom flavors, swathed in bristling, chestnutskin-like tannins. There's a wonderful textural richness attributable to the wine's prolonged maceration in traditional Georgian qvevri.  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Before the Greeks, before the Romans, it was the Georgians who were making wine. Archeological evidence dates back 8,000 years, references to Georgian wines can be found in the writings of Homor and Apollonius, and even the Georgian alphabet seems to have its origins in the shapes made by the tendrils of grape vines. Pheasant's Tears is the joint effort of American John Wurdeman, Georgian Gela Patalishvili and Swedes Erik Andermo, Jakob Mörndal and Henrik Callerstrand, to preserve and promote this ancient cultural legacy. All of Pheasant's Tears wines, including this Rkatsiteli--which means "red stem" in Georgian--are fermented and aged in the clay vessels called qvevri. According to the winery, the effect of this time-honored winemaking process is to impart "distinctive nutty and savory aromas and flavors to the wine, adding layers of complexity. It also promotes the development of roundness and viscosity in the mouth, but keeps acidity fresh." A full-bodied white that will pair well with roast chicken, quail, or even duck.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/21/2012  | Send Email
The Pheasant's Tears Rkatsiteli is both delicious and a little different. It is made in amphora like vessals with a grape that is hardly seen in the U.S. The result is a nice crisp and dry wine with intriguing aromas of citrus and spice. It will be great with fowl.

 By: Kendra |  Review Date: 3/14/2012 
The description of this wine doesn't really match it... Along with apricots there are also notes of cigarette, antiseptic and pepper. I tried two bottles because after the first I thought there must be something wrong with it, but no, that's how it tastes. The first bottle was tasted with 10 other people and while the experience was interesting, no one thought it was enjoyable. I don't plan to buy any more bottles.

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5