For this week's edition of What We Drank, 5 of those who contribute to LENNDEVOURS chimed in with entries, some local, some not.
It's beautiful pale golden color and concentrated aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and spice made this an incredibly appetizing white wine. For a wine with such bright acidity, its full-bodied mouthfeel came as a surprise. This wine was a welcome departure from the rieslings and unoaked chardonnays that keep making their way into my glass. With its long satisfying finish, this white can be savored as a sipper or as a versatile food pairing choice. I've gotten over skipping Sunday at Tastecamp. For now that is.
From Melissa Dobson: Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine
This is the first ice wine we have tasted made from the cabernet franc grape. It is a true ice wine in that it was hand-harvested at dawn from frozen grapes. On the nose we noticed lush strawberry and a hint of honey. Strawberry also dominates on the back palate with a lingering, elegant finish. At 18% RS, it is well-balanced and satisfying.
From Jason Feulner: Mateus 2007 Rose
For the first time, I had the opportunity to drink a Mateus rose from Portugal
at my aunt's house in Boston. From what I've heard these wines were
popular amongst college kids in the 1970s for their funky bottles, many
of which were transformed into dripping candles after consumption. I
did find the bottle to be quite recognizable despite the fact that I
had never had the wine before!
While not a complex wine, I found the Mateus to be very drinkable and enjoyable on a warm and muggy evening. The wine had a hint of fruit, mostly cherry and plum, but most importantly provided a cool, smooth taste. While I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again, I think it might be a viable option for entertaining mixed company on a hot day.
From Lenn Thompson: Cornerstone Cellars 2004 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Yes, a Napa cab. I joke about them quite a bit, but I can admit that it's stupid to make broad generalizations about any wine or region. I still don't know what you eat with a wine like this, but I can appreciate it on an intellectual level. This is a big, hulking wine that, even after 24 hours in my decanter, was hefty.
But if you are looking for that sugary-sweet fruity style of Napa cab, look elsewhere. There is a lot of dark fruit deep at its core, but (at least at this point) aromas and flavors of leather, anise, clove and sage are more prominent. The thing I liked the best though, is this graphite-minerally flavor that runs from start to finish. I hear that's common in "mountain fruit" but I don't have much experience tasting these wines.