By Lenn Thompson, Editor and Publisher
- "to unite into a whole" or
- "to arise from the combination of distinct elements."
Given that, the folks at Shinn Estate Vineyards have chosen an unique, apt name for this blend of 54% chardonnay 23% sauvignon blanc 13% viognier 10% merlot, Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Coalescence ($14 at the tasting room).
The four wines were vinified separately, and then came together, or "coalesced" into one wine.
That 10% merlot, which was actually merlot blanc, gives this "white wine" a mere suggestion of pink.
This bottle showed a little stinky sulphur when first opened, but that quickly dissipated with zesty citrus, melon, white cherry and subtle her aromas emerging.
Medium-light in body, the flavors very closely match the nose, maybe with a bit more melon and the addition of a lightly floral note. The acidity is fresh and citrusy. The finish crisp, inviting another sip, but pretty short.
For $14 (and you can probably find it for $12 at some local shops), it's a nice value for every day drinking or if you want to serve local wine at your next summer party.
Producer: Shinn Estate Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long ISland
Rating: (2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)