December 18, 2011 |
Touring & Tasting Wine Club |
Touring & Tasting Wine Club Wines
Two very different wines were on our table last night--the first is going to be in one of our wine clubs: the Pessagno Lucia Highlands Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the second was in one of our wine clubs: the Hannah Nicole "Le Melange Blanc". The Pinot won 92 points from Wine Enthusiast
, which said "This sturdy, full-bodied Pinot could almost be a Grenache, it's so big and strong. Yet, strangely, there's a silky elegance that tells you it's Santa Lucia-style Pinot. Offers waves of raspberries and cherries and oranges, brightened with zesty acidity.
" It bolsters our view that wonderful wines are coming out of the Monterey County--nuanced with flavor. I tasted a bit of strawberry in the mix of rich fruit--did you taste this wine as part of your wine club? We'd love to hear about your tasting notes!
The "Le Melange Blanc" is from Contra Costa county--east of San Francisco bay and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. I loved the aromatics from the Viognier and the light, unoaked flavors of the Sauv Blanc fermented in stainless steel. Both wines went well with asian-style fish, seared and served with wasabi slaw, jasmine rice and Chinese pea pod salad with miso dressing and sesame seeds.