Columbia Valley, WA; 13.5% ABV
50% Riesling, 20% Pinot Gris, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Viognier, 4% Muscat
$7 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 8 Sept
The 2010 and the 2012 vintages of the Waterbrook Mélange have been at the Berkeley store for a while. I decided to get one now because (1) I was out of white wine and (2) I recalled Lim13’s liking an earlier vintage (the 2009). The 2012 was a dollar cheaper and of course two years younger than the 2010.
The wine is very aromatically floral and ripe-fruity, showing flavors of honeysuckle, yellow peach, maybe light yellow mango, and perfumed white (and slightly green) melon. The flavors are quite fresh, nicely blended, and reasonably balanced. Before I looked up the composition, I had guessed it had some Viognier, likely Chenin Blanc, and maybe some sort of Muscat. For my taste, this wine is too perfumed and fruity with not enough acid, rather cloying, although I believe the wine would be called medium dry (2.1% residual sugar, which I think converts to 8.4g/L). However, it is extremely yummy, and it’s not like I couldn’t tolerate drinking it. 🙂
I preferred it on the first day, but it was still pretty good the next day (kept in the fridge with the screw cap on).