Speed Wine Dating…..I Mean Tasting…..I Mean Dating/ LOOK AT THE LAST ONE!
One of the highlights of the Wine Bloggers Conference for me is when we get to do the speed wine tasting event. It is really like speed dating. You sit at a numbered table and you get 5 minutes with a producer. In those five minutes the winery representative has to pour and explain their wine, answer any questions the wine bloggers have, and we can tweet about the wines via live stream.
One of the things I love about tasting this way is feels more visceral than a normal tasting. You simply do not have time to really develop thoughts to their conclusion. The other thing I love about this exercise is that you are poured wines you may not necessarily taste if you were choosing what wines you wanted to taste.
Here are the white wines I tasted.
Wine # 1
Rebel Coast 2016 Cannabis Infused Sauvignon Blanc. P.O.H. Rating None Given
Due to legal restrictions, all alcohol had been removed. This is a new venture and after asking several times, one of the founders of the project said they were looking to price the “wine” in the $65-$69 range.
Wine # 2
Ledson 2016 Viognier. $32, P.O.H. Rating 4.5
Approximately 600 cases produced and only sold at the winery. This wine had great acidity and was worthy of aging. The mouthfeel was nice and lush. Honeysuckle and White Peach Blossom dominated the aromas and flavors.
Wine # 3
Naked Cowboy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. $32, P.O.H. Rating 4.0
Great aromas! Citrus and Grapefruit. They recommended pairing with oysters. BRILLIANT IDEA! The finish was long and lovely. The acid made itself present from the mid-palate through the finish. Gimmicky Label, but it is what is on the inside that counts. $32 a bottle. P.O.H. Rating 4.0
Wine # 4
Matthiasson 2015 White Wine. $40, P.O.H. No Rating
White Blend. Beautiful weight and texture. Nice acidity with the Sauvignon Blanc showing strongly on the finish. 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Ribolla gialla, 20% Semillon, 5% Tocai friulano.
Wine # 5
Jardesca $30, P.O.H. Rating 4.8
This delightful and refreshing beverage is made with three wines and then a double distilled grape eau du vie is added along with 10 botanicals. This is perfect for entertaining. There is no need to anything to it unless you want to. We added some mint and orange peel and BAM! It was delicious. I LOVED THIS!
Wine # 6
Gloria Ferrer 2010 Anniversary Sparkling. $40 P.O.H. Rating 5.0
This wine was released in July and is made with 100% estate fruit. It is 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay. It had shy aromatics that were subtle and delicate. It had spent 5.5 years on yeast in the bottle. Creamy texture and bready aromas. They call it “Anniversary” as it was created to celebrate all of life’s fun anniversaries. If you can find it, buy it.
Wine # 7
Lugana Ottella, My notes are missing on this wine and the next one. The page was torn out of my notebook. IT IS A MYSTERY! I remember sighing a deep sigh of contentment after I smelled this wine and being a little upset that I could not linger of this wine loner. Other than those memories, have nothing.
Wine # 8
Mount Beautiful 2015 Chardonnay. $22, P.O.H. Rating 4.8
50% new French oak and 50% stainless steel fermentation. Pleasant aromas. I bit more oak than I like, however, the integration was fantastic. Oak and Chardonnay are not my favorite marriage in the world. However, this one is so well integrated, I had to love it.
Wine # 9
Antica 2015 A26 Chardonnay. $55, P.O.H. Rating 4.2
I loved the minerality and structure of this Chardonnay. Great fruit from pear, nectarine, and peach. This wine is a beautiful expression of Chardonnay
Wine # 10
Hanna 2016 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc. $19, P.O.H. Rating 6.0
This is Sauvignon Blanc like I have never experienced. TAKE ALL OF MY MONEY! To make a wine this amazing, you MUST be dogmatic about the quality of your vineyard and grapes. This wine is BOLD, SEXY, CONFIDENT, DRAMATIC, and FRESH. I aspire to be like this wine! If you see this, just spend every extra dollar you have on as many bottles as you can buy!