Rome Valley Vineyards sits atop a hill, over 3,000 ft elevation, less than a mile from where I was raised. This amazing country, El Dorado, never ceases to amaze me. The 2011 White Lotus is a delightful blend of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino. Floral and aromatic, sweet and smooth with hints of licorice. Nectarine and vanilla with nice acidity. A light to medium bodied wine can be paired with light fish and chicken dishes, seafood, and soft cheese.
Smooth Sangiovese from Dry Creek Valley. Rich and pleasing, ripe berry fruit, vanilla, smooth minerals.
Rest stop restroom closed, so we left the only message we could on the board.
In the glass: deep purple garnet
Nose: dark rich cassis, blackberry, violets, cool, subtle
Palate: red berries, good acidity with balanced alcohol smooth, long lasting back of palate
A bit oxidized although not unpalatable, it could be intentional…definitely worth the $9.99 cost at Grocery Outlet
L’Abbe Rous 2009 Cornet et Cie Rouge Collioure AOC: a very nice Côtes du Rhône that I am enjoying on my 30th Birthday dinner including Veal and Winter Black Truffles.
It has intense, pleasurable flavor on the front of the palate. Alcohol well balanced, acidity a little strong. Vanilla on the nose, cherry blossom, smoky black licorice, cassis, gosh I don’t know. It smells great, like victory, like printemps
Chocolate covered cherries but not so sweet, a deep rich quality from the oak I think. Just damn smooth and tasty. A bit acidic, maybe it’ll open up more, it’s only been 10 min or so.
I’m pretty stoked.