Continuing with the white blend theme from yesterday, today's review is for Martha Clara Vineyards' 2007 Five-O White ($18), yet another wine that displays the potential of these wines for Long island.
Winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez used a bit of every white grape MCV grows for this blend, which is 32% sauvignon blanc, 25% viognier, 15% chardonnay, 10% semillon, 8% riesling, 7% pinot grigio and 3% Gewurztraminer. It might sound like a 'kitchen sink' wine, but don't be fooled. Each grape brings something unique to the table and the result is delicous.
The nose is aromatic and somewhat riesling-like with scents of lime and peach accented by floral undertones. The similarities to riesling carry over somewhat to the palate as well with flavors of lime, grapefruit and peach showing first. As the wine warms a bit, some candied orange peel and light almond flavors peek through and become more pronounced.
This medium-weight white has some residual sugar (3 g/L) but terrific, almost electric, acidity balances it very well. The finish is clean a little tart and medium-long.
If the Bedell blend is spring in a bottle, this wine is summer in a bottle.
Grape(s): 32% sauvignon blanc, 25% viognier, 15% chardonnay, 10% semillon, 8% riesling, 7% pinot grigio and 3% Gewurztraminer
Producer: Martha Clara Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Rating: (3 out of 5 | Recommended)