An interesting blend of white wines from California, from the same clan that make Caymus and Belle Glos. Obviously a thoroughbred wine, this bottle is delicious. The label does not name varietals, but I am guessing a healthy dose of Viognier, a good proportion of Sauvignon Blanc, some Chardonnay and what else?
The Viognier is forefront, giving it that rose and floral scent that I love. Some apricots are also indicative of the semillon, let’s add that to the fray. I sense some cat pee and grass, telltale signs of Sauvignon Blanc and the balancer is the chardonnay. Acidity is decent, albeit not as sharp as I like in a white. Elegant and smooth on the palate, it has a long finish.
This wine is intriguing. It offers pre-dinner pleasure and paired well for my midweek fish and chips with the kids meal. In fact, Moxie even had a glass, which says something. It is not in everyone’s taste, yet I think it scores well technically and I really enjoyed it for the price. As an aside, I served Moxie hers in a Riedel Vinum Sauvignon Blanc glass while mine was poured into the Chardonnay version. Whilst you may be laughing at the sublety, there is a difference. Hers tasted more cat-peeish and had stronger green grass notes, while mine was more aromatic and fuller in the mouth. I had to really work hard at differentiating, but the proof is in the glass. Make sure you use the right one, and always go for a quality brand, versus some fancy crystal one with useless carvings and engravings. You can read about my unofficial taste test here. Meantime, 4 stars and 88 points. Great for a summer’s eve.