Blanc-et Generalizations

Pintar_Sauvignon_BlancPintar 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

5 ounces poured into:  Wine Country stemmed wine glass

Sight:  Pale yellow-green with a silver glow

Aroma:  Tropical fruit salad of passionfruit, gooseberry, lime.  A hint of lemon grass.

Taste:  Stonefruit, white peach, nectarine and honeydew melon.  Tropical sweetness and tartness.

Feel:  Medium-light, fresh, a bit zesty.  Crisp.  Clean.  Slightly chalky on the finish.

Overall:  Enjoyable and young, green with a pleasant tartness.

Suggested food pairing:  Old Bay seasoned cocktail shrimp, Havarti cheese, lime and chile dusted cashews, green curry, pad thai with shrimp

 

 

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Drawing a Blanc: Le Jardin d’Eolie Sauvignon Blanc

Le_Jardin_My_BlogLe Jardin d’Eolie 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Vin de France)

5 ounces poured into:  stemless aerator glass

Sight:  Pale straw, crystal clear

Aroma:  Lime and orange citrus, a hint of melon.  Secondary aromas include grass and ginger.

Taste:  Lime, subtle tartness and acidity.  Green notes of grass, sage and melon.  A slightly earthy brine that would lend this wine to be a great pairing with fresh, raw oysters.

Feel:  Light, crisp, a touch pointy.  Dry and refreshing

Overall:  Easy-drinking, perfect for hot weather.  Flavorful and delicate.

Suggested food pairing:  Ceviche, salad, white flaky fish, sharp cheddar, goat cheese, and of course, oysters.

 

 

One For the Now: California Project Pinot Grigio

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California Project Pinot Grigio, Non-vintage

5 ounces poured into:  Wine Country stemmed wine glass

Sight:  Very pale golden, clear, clean

Aroma:  Subtle nose of lemon, slight tartness

Taste:  A small thread of Meyer lemon, plus citrus, and light, zippy tart acidity

Feel:  Light, crisp.  What you want for casual company, a hot day, and a back deck

Overall:  Easy drinking, casual-consumption wine for those hot days on the deck, by the pool, or out in the sun

Suggested food pairing:  spring-mix salad with Meyer lemons, lightly-washed rind cheese, pasta with Alfredo sauce

Sure to Win: Victor Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

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On the docket:  Victor Vineyards 2013 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL

Poured into:  stemless aeration glass

S:    Red-violet meniscus that rings around a deep, intense ruby red body.

A:  At the first inhale one gets sweet black cherry jam. There’s some pleasing alcohol present.  Subtle spice.

T:  The black cherry continues, but not as jam-like on the palate.  There is an initial sweetness which gives way to earthy flavors, cocoa, and black pepper.  Oak is balanced, adding a modicum of vanilla.

F:  Smooth, fine-grain tannins and a full-bodied feel.  Supple.  Long finish of cherries and a dried herbal note.

O:  An affordable, pleasant Lodi cab.  Excellent on its own or with a simply prepared cut of beef.

Suggested food pairing:  Osso bucco, venison, berry fruit tart, Havarti

 

They Make Wine in Austria? You Bet.

Wimmer_Gruner_Vertliner_2015On the docket:  Wimmer Grüner Veltliner 2015 1L bottle

Poured into:  Wine & Whiskey Country glass

S:  Pale straw and crystal clear

A:  Lime, honey dew melon, green pear, white pepper.  Bright and citrusy with a nice spice contrast.

T:  White peach and white pepper.  Green herbs, lime, more honey dew melon.  A slight vegetal bitterness.

F:  Great acidity, and zippy almost to the point you’d think it was sparkling.  Warming alcohol.  Medium-light body, refreshing.  Ends dry.

O:  Excellent wine for hot summer days for when you tire of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

 

Suggested food pairing:  light vegetable dishes, Vietnamese spring rolls, fried chicken, schnitzel (classic)

Bored? Oh, Try this Wine

Chateau_L'Eglise_Saget_2014_My_BlogOn the docket:  Chateau L’ Eglise Saget 2014 Bordeaux 750mL (60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Sauvignon)

Poured into:  stemless aeration glass

S:    A pink meniscus above a garnet/currant body.  Deep color, inviting.

A:  Dried red cherry, a touch of mineral-earth and vanilla.

T:  Much of the aroma carries over into the palate with an addition of a delicate tartness reminiscent of cranberries.  Darker note of plum.

F:  While the merlot provides the fruit, there no bones about it- the cabernet brings the structure.  Smooth, refined tannins carry over into a medium-long finish.  The body has some weight on the palate, but it’s not overbearing.  Medium.

O:  Simple, elegant, smooth and luxurious.  This is a fine example of how just two varietals blended in the right ratio can please any wine enthusiast.

Suggested food pairing:  Mushroom Swiss burger, white cheddar, chicken liver (for the brave)

French Connection: Sarah’s Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir

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On the docket: 2013 Sarah’s Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir
Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter

S:  Intense ruby, with thick legs and a pinkish-orange tint.

A:  Red berry fruit, a touch of spicy earth.  Higher fusel alcohols reminiscent of cherry liqueur.

T:  Bright berry flavors of strawberry, tart cherry, plus subtle wood and vanilla in mid-palate.  Digestif-style spice quality as it breathes.

F:  Regal, delicate with smooth tannins.  The finish is slightly tart and acidic with a hint of alcoholic warmth.

O:  Dancing on the tongue and roof of your mouth before gliding through to the finish, this Central Coast Pinot has a somewhat French sensibility, but with a bit more weight.

Suggested food pairing:  Lemon-braised pork or chicken, Gouda cheese; fruit salad