Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Surprise Us!

That's what we told the sommelier at the DCC the other night. After hearing our selections for dinner were the kind that swims in the ocean, he asked if he could ponder the question for a bit. When he returned, he introduced us to a bottle of wine that had been there before he came on staff. It turns out that he had just returned from Napa and had stayed at this winery. He went on and on about how beautiful it was and how great the wine was that he had tasted. So I wanted to share it with you. This is Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, CA, Napa Valley. It is owned by Francis Ford Coppola.

The wine he surprised us with is Blancaneaux 2008. It is a blend of three varietals-Roussane, Marsanne, and Viognier grown entirely on the organically farmed vineyards of the Rubicon Estate. The vines are more than ten years old which makes the wine more aromatic, rich in texture and complex in flavor.

 This wine is fermented in stainless steel drums for more than six months, so there are no oak tones. The winemaker notes that this wine has a "creamy texture and nuances of cloves and confections. Juicy flavors of peach and pineapple layer nicely with the more intriguing notes of honeysuckle, minerals, and citrus, making this wine intensely rich yet impeccably balanced and bright."
 This wine sells for around $47 a bottle. Click on the name above to order from a wine outlet that has it on sale for $42 a bottle.

We enjoyed the wine so much we bought the whole bottle and brought what was left home with us. Until the next time.....

Thanks Nat and Abs!