Now this blog was mainly conceived based on the desire to start writing again, but I still felt the need to say a little something about the following wines I tried. I did not spend as much time as I so desired, but I wanted to tell you about three winemakers/proprietors that I spoke and tasted with yesterday at the Fine Vines Small Production wine tasting that really blew me away.
Cold Heaven Cellars Buellton, California
Viognier, Santa Ynez Valley 2009 - the sexiest of their three Viogniers. It had a supple texture and contained notes of peeled stone fruits and almond skin. It was smoky with a great mid-palate and balanced structure. I was very impressed, nonetheless, it was Viognier from California.
Viognier, Le Bon Climat Vineyard 2009 - my favorite. Terrior driven, Condrieu esque, had great acidity and meyer lemon pulp bursting predominantly on the finish that kept on going. It was really juicy and very food friendly. Wish I had a bottle right now.
Pinot Noir, Makepeace 2009 - harmonious. Ripe red and black fruits, brown spice, muted floral notes, and strong acid structure. I can drink this Pinot all the time. Especially with a good meal. Yum. Definitely one of my new favorite Pinot Noir producers in the Central Coast.
Ceja Vineyards Napa Carneros, California
Vino de Casa White, Napa 2008 - a blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne, and a splash of Viognier. It was floral and racy with yellow citrus and apple notes. It had a finish that was constantly changing. That's when the complexity came through.
Chardonnay, Napa Carneros 2008 - I don't like Chardonnay, normally. There I said it. I, however, really liked this Chardonnay. Well balanced, fleshy mouthfeel, and juicy apple acid on the finish.
Pinot Noir, Carneros 2007 - sexy and divine. Ripe cherry fruits, smoky, balanced and a lot going on the palate. This is a wine that you can cellar for a few more years.
Shinn Estate Vineyards Mattituck, New York
Sauvignon Blanc, First Fruit, North Fork of Long Island 2010 - whenever Sauvignon Blanc can impart a floral character then I'm hooked. Gooseberry fruits on the nose, but the palate was different. The flavors kept changing and I liked it. Wines from the east coast still intrigue me.
Merlot Estate, North Fork of Long Island 2008 - another floral wine. This time it was the combination of purple flowers, chocolate and black plums that swooned me.
Coalescence (White Blend), North Fork of Long Island 2010 - a blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The red grapes are pressed immediately after being picked and then cold fermented with the white grapes. It is a white wine with a pink hue and it's pretty to look at. A really fresh wine that would be great with food. Let's just say, "me like".