Recently I was dining at New York's Telepan with friends who admitted to being a bit Franco-centric in their wine choices, so they asked me to pick something from the "New World" that they didn't know and that I thought might be fun to try. I love it when the choice of a wine gets tasked with more than just pairing with a meal.
Sommelier Richard Betts is one of the partners behind this label that produces a few Australian wines (as well as some Hermitage from the Rhône Valley). What I liked about The Chronique Grenache ($85 on the wine list) was its freshness: With minimal toast, the zesty acidity and bright cherry, blackberry and spice notes were really light on their feet, but without sacrificing depth or complexity. It really opened nicely in the glass too, showing more incense, black tea and minerality as it aired. Delicious either on its own or with food, too. 92 points, non-blind.
BETTS & SCHOLL Grenache Barossa Valley The Chronique 2006 (93 points, $49)