Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spann Vineyards 2007 Betsy’s Backacher Bottle Blond

The 2007 Betsy’s Backacher Bottle Blond from Spann Vineyards is a casual California sipper. The wine is a 60-40 blend of Semillon and Chardonnay.
The Semillon-Chard mixture is a classic blend. The Semillon gives it a creamy mouth and rich texture.
The Chardonnay is half fermented in stainless steel while the other half is aged in oak barrels. The Semillon is treated in stainless steel. This lightens the oakiness that can smother the fruit in some California Chardonnays.
We previously tasted the Betsy’s Backacher Red and so we thought it would be interesting to try the white version. This wine is bone dry and is refreshing with the tastes of pear and apple.
Betsy Spann is the winery’s winemaker and the name is a play on “back acre” that rings true because the far lot of 40 acres can give quite a backache to harvest. Apparently some of the women are 50-somethings who you might suspect get their hair color from a bottle.
With that back story you can expect a wine that has a fun spirit. It is an enjoyable watching TV or reading the newspaper wine, but isn’t a new sensation. It retails for $17 but can frequently be found under $10.
Rating: 2.5 of 5
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