Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Reigns

What we really need are summer rains, but until then the hot dry weather cries out for cool white wines and that's what brought all these folks to Elgin/Sonoita this weekend to try our beautiful and delicious White Wines.

Joan explains how to say Gewurztraminer.

The tasting room was lively.

Megan Haller of AZ Hops and Vines gets a sample of a dry Riesling.

Joel Blumenthal does a brisk business in hand crafted goods.

Rigley takes a break from greeting everyone.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Summer White Wines

Memorial Day Weekend 2011 will again mark the release date of CHV&W's new white wines. Just in time for summer I might add. HOT Arizona Summer and COOL Arizona White Wine. What an epic pairing.

I am excited about these wines, all from Arizona fruit, all fragrant and fruity and dry with no residual sugar. These wines explode in a tantalizing range aromas and flavors. Lychee? Got it. Lemon-lime? Got it. Fresh rose petals? Got it. Pineapple? Got it. Get the picture. Where in the world does this variety of tastes and flavors come from? Why is the wine grape so richly endowed? Come feast your senses. The official release dates will be Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 when Joel Blumenthal will join us with her hand made personal and food items, but these four wines will also be available for tasting and purchase on Friday and Monday, Memorial Day.

2010 Gewurztraminer - I can't get an umlaut in this mail program. It doesn't matter because this is a special wine even without it. Compared to 2009 which was all apple pie spices, this one is roses, roses and more roses. Throw in some lilac, orange blossom and lychee fruit. The mouth feel is thirst quenching and bright with an acidic sweetness. No residual sugar here, just fruit.

2010 Riesling - The glass glows as the sun shines through this wine. Riesling is arguably the best white wine in the world and when made well can last many decades, evolving in fruit and complexity in the bottle. This Riesling is richer than the 2009 vintage, thicker in the mouth, more complex acids with smells and tastes of pineapple, lemon-lime, and baked Gravenstein apple complemented by a minerally-slate mouth feel and lingering sense of sweetness.

2010 Pinot Grigio - There is another version Pinot Grigio which is rather different from the light and easy drinking Italian expression of the Pinot Gris grape. A throw off clone of Pinot Noir, the Pinot Gris grape is grey or light blue in color. This wine is sparkling clear and throws off smells of honeysuckle, citrus and spice. The mouth is filled with a buttery, mango flinty-ness. Yum.

2010 Viognier - Way back when, Viognier was the first white wine I tasted that opened my mind to white wines other than the Chardonnay to which I had become accustomed. This very limited production wine comes from the second fruitful harvest of Sierra Vista Vineyards in Sasabe. It is tantalizing in its Viognier nose - apricot and Acacia blossom and very satisfying with a hint of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is something I have only experienced with Viognier - a very light cream texture. This wine is a youthful expression of the great things that will come from this vineyard.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring 2011 Chapter 3

I said I'd write about the Tempranillo next so here it is.  I had to postpone it a week as we had another freeze after my last post.   They are a little behind schedule but the Tempranillo vines are doing their spring thing.  The shoots are growing and there are little grape flower buds pushing up and out.  Have you ever heard me say they are my favorite?  I just love this grape vine!