Central Coast, CA; 13.5% ABV
Purchased 4/19/2013 at the Oakland, CA store
A fresh, fruity nose – juicy white peach, Comice pear, honeydew, hint of quince. Ripe acidity and a little spritz balances the Spätlese sugar level. Reminiscent of a decent German or Alsatian Pinot Gris, with a bit more canned fruit cocktail character. Rich, buttery malolactic flavor on the palate, offset with some citron. A fairly simple, fruit-forward, easy-to-like wine for uncomplicated quaffing. Goes down a bit too easily for its alcohol level in fact. By Day 2 it had settled down a bit, mostly getting more boring and coming across a little flabby. A Thumbs Up but drink now/don’t think about it too much kinda wine.
This will work as a crowd pleaser for those not fond of austere dry whites or with a zingy dish that cuts through the wine and/or has richness to balance, Thai chili-lime-coconut shrimp comes to mind. I might buy it again if I were in the market for such a wine but am not heading back for a case. Reminds me in its good aspects of a Villa Wolf Pinot Blanc I got at the Berkeley store a few years ago and DID run back for a case, only to find a lot of bottle variation. But the Wolf at its best had more flavor depth and that je ne sais quoi, just the right composition that keeps you coming back for another sip. However, it’s not the Wolf, it’s a Firestone, a semi-mass-produced wine but definitely a good value at this price – if you like this sorta wine.