Monday morning tasting review: The Line up June 16, 2012, whites, rose and “brown wine” carried the dayWhat's New?, Wine & Spirit Events & News
Here are some highlights of our tasting with John Rooney of Polaner Selections, yes they also make jelly.
This is classic white from Rueda (pronounced “Rrrrrrrrrrr-ooo-wetha” and run all the syllables together) this grape, Verdejo will remind you most of Sauvignon blance. The wine is intense, concentrated and very fresh tasting with very great pains taken to harvest late at night (it is brutally hot by day) and using a nitrogen blanket on the grapes during the crush to protect the freshness and prevent any oxidation during the crush. The result is a wine with bright acidity and a vivid complex of fruit aromas and flavors, kind a of like a well behaved New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It show lots of mineral, grapefruit, lime and gooseberry along with some tropical fruit qualities like kiwi and green pineapple. It is very well balanced yet bold and perfect with freshly grilled fin fish. Very good.
This beauty comes from the Cahill vineyard planted right in front of Walter Hansel’s front door. It is a classic, full blown, barrel fermented, full malo rich buttery California Chardonnay beautifully done. long complex flavors of toffee, popcorn some stone fruit and apple with a bit of underlying lees and mineral quality. It is concentrated and powerful yet not heavy, I’d say it is medium to full bodied and would give many a premier cru or grand cru white burgundy a run for its money. Given the league it is playing in, the Walter Hansel Cahill Lane RRV Chardonnay is very reasonably priced and was a crowd pleaser on Saturday.
Don’t miss our Summer Rosé Sale going on right now! As our consultant, John Rooney describes it, this is a red wine drinkers rosé, deep color reminiscent of cranberry crysatllite with a ripe raspberry cranberry aroma and quite a kick at 14% alcohol. This would pair very well with sushi or hibachi dishes, yes it would handle beef and soy sauce as well as tuna or salmon sahimi very well. It also is great with beet and goat cheese salad and pizza. Served very well chilled, especially when its hot out.
This is the “brown wine” I refer to. wiki has basic background on what Madiera is I’m becoming a Madiera addict. Despite its heft and its rich intense flavors, the dry-ish finish keeps you coming back for more. Sometimes too much more. I love the nutty, brown sugar, organge marmalade, spice and wood flavores and it went very will with the slightly stinky washed rind cheese we put out from C’est Cheese of Port Jeffersond A beautiful drink before or after a meal