Friday, July 22, 2011

WBC11: Live Wine Blogging - Whites and Rose'

Sample a wine every five minutes for one hour? Sure, no problem. This is the Wine Bloggers' Conference version of speed dating. It's fast and fun and some great new wines were discovered.

Shindig Vidal Blanc/Riesling 2010, Finger Lakes - All Seneca Lakes grapes. 410 cases. Refreshing taste. Good with Oriental food. *** Available in NYC and DC. Riesling grapes from Anthony Road.

Veritas Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - Monticello AVA in Virginia. ***

Festival Rose 2009, Bordeaux. Château Le Gay. Food friendly. ** Price $13.

Rodney Strong 2008 Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay. Okay and buttery. Retails for $35 to $40. Apple and toast. Nice sophisticated Chard. ***1/2

Decibel 2009 Hawkes Bye Sauvignon Blanc. First release. Hotter than Marlborough. Only 1,000 cases. $16. **** Fruit riper.

Afton Mountain 2008 Tete du Cuvee Brut. 50-50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Great sparkler from VA winery. $30. ****

Llano Estacado Vivana 2009, Texas. Blend of Gerwurz, Riesling, Viognier, and Muscat Canelli. Retail $22.95. Dry. Nice blend. 500 cases. **

wbc_thumb[7]Château Morrisette Dry Rose. 100% Chambourcin. Roanoke, VA. * I love Chambourcin, but this missed the mark for me.

Boxwood Winery Rose 2010. Cab Sauvignon and Merlot. All Estate grown. Only produce red wines. Former owners of the Washington Redskins. **

Barboursville Viognier 2009 Reserve. Citrus and lemon peel. Age on the lees. Viognier can take the heat. Refeshing. **1/2

Tabarrini Montefalco Adormando 2008. Ageable and interesting. Trebbiano and Spoletino. Full structured. Cool but I'm not feellng it. **

Michael Shaps Viognier 2008. All wild fermentation and aged in stainless. 200 cases. Retails for $30. ****

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