Here we have another varietal blend. It is Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier. I enjoyed this blend a lot. The aroma was like smelling a bowl of fresh tropical fruits. The fact that there are three grapes blended together brought a lot of nice characters out in the wine. The first sip was very much like taking a bite of pear, but the finish was a smooth lemon flavor. You also have some of the creamy oaky hints I think from the Chardonnay. It was a great wine that was perfect for pasta! The Pasta made it more fruity and not quite as citrus acid feeling in the mouth.
Archive for October 12th, 2010
The Jade Mountain was paired with our entrée, which was pumpkin cream sauce over fresh pasta. The pasta was not sweet which was my first thought and neither was this blend. The La Provençale is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, and Mourvedre. Of those varietals I’ve honestly only heard of Syrah, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this wine. The Jade Mountain was a dark smoky wine with a deep fruit flavor. It was a bit heavier than the other wines that we tasted this evening. It had a nice acidity with a hint of cocoa. The smoky flavor went great with the pumpkin pasta and was a very nice wine that was easy to enjoy.
Again I had to get over a generalization about a type of grape. Not all Rieslings are like cool aid. Somewhere along the way I was given the impression that Rieslings are wine for people who don’t like wine. Not so. This wine was great and had a lot to offer. It was light and fruity with a little lemon. It really hit the front of the tongue with a bubbly apple and was perfectly balanced and smooth. Also it was sweet, but not sugary sweet. It complimented the greens on the other end of the spectrum. It was a lighter sweet flavor that brought out the saltiness of the greens. This was definitely my favorite white wine of the evening!
The second course of our meal was the bitter greens (chard). This old vine Zinfandel was one of the most interesting wines I’ve tasted. The fact that the grape vines are so old gives the wine such a deep warm flavor. The aroma was light and sweet, but the first sip caught me off guard. It had an immediate bite that was followed by a warm peppery spice, which coupled well with the greens. It pops at the front of the tongue and leaves this really great warmth. I’m not too familiar with tannins, but I have a suspicion that is where this warmth is coming from. It was not a balanced flavor, but it was definitely something I’d like to have again! This was unique to my palate and I definitely recommend the 4 Vines Old Vine Zinfandel!
This Chardonnay was also paired with the apple vinaigrette salad. The more I taste white wines, the more I have to abandon my assumptions about them. This Chard was light but had a great crisp apple taste. That apple flavor popped so much that it felt bubbly on your tongue. The acidity was just right and still left a nice warm finish. Pairing this with fresh apples was delightful. A nicely balanced Chardonnay that I could see working with most meals – seafood, pasta, salad, etc.
This was the first red wine paired for our meal. It was paired with our starter, which was mixed apple vinaigrette on a bed of mixed greens. I enjoyed this wine because it offered a nice complexity without being overpowering. The aroma was a deep fruit with a slight mineral smell. On the front of the tongue you had a sweet fresh cherry taste and as it moved to the back the flavor flattened out. The finish was very pleasant as well. The taste fleeted after you swallowed. Overall a very nice light wine that is great with a salad or starter.