So this is the sort of wine we don’t bother blogging about, which is why the blog goes dead a lot of the time; we’re non-plussed or looting the cellar for gems already posted. The Poema is in fact the proverbial 86 pointer for the pointsters. The fizz is moderate, the dry is sere, the depth pretty much nonexistent. But here’s something the 86 point reviews don’t mention: It’s a perfect backdrop for something else.
We are always looking for a neutral fizz to fix champagne cocktails with; nothing too sweet or yeasty. This fits the bill to a tee; add cassis, Campari, OJ, do something fancier. I mean it’s criminal to doctor Champagne. Cava though? Bring it on. The Poema, solitary, neat if you will, it’s sort of a letdown. But for a social occasion as a fancy aperitif, it works a charm.
Price: Less than $20 at private wine stores. Yes, that’s correct, less than $20.
Market Liquidity: Sometimes you need the function, not the form.