Blackstone WInery (this wine isn’t listed on their website)
Purchased: Corvallis OR 11-7-2014
Well, this may be a red-letter day. I actually like this very sweet, white wine and it is the first time ever, that I’ve said that. Not sure what the residual sugars are, but this is definitely sweet and not just “fruit gone wild” (i.e. my Side by Side Chardonnay review yesterday). And it’s surprisingly delicious. I read Dluber’s 2009 Malvasia Bianca review and was expecting this to be another thumbs down for me (I’d already planned on using it to glaze onions for French Onion soup, but now I’m going to have to open up something else for that). I didn’t realize it was a sweet white when I bought it.
I think I like what he disliked about the 2009…that it isn’t full on Reisling-style sweetness. I like that it’s not cloying or sticky-tasting and I appreciate that it doesn’t leave a residual film in my mouth. It reminds me of perfectly ripe apples; not under-ripe and not mushy…just sweet, red apples with hints of spices that you smell in apple cider. FWIW, I wish apple cider tasted like this. I’ve always loved the fragrance but it’s too sweet for me to drink.
The nose is somewhat subdued. Apple blossoms are what I mainly detect. The color is a pale yellow straw.
I opened this wine around noon, to use in the soup, changed my mind and corked it again to open at dinner. The wine itself opened up quite a bit in 6.5 hrs. It was sweeter at dinner time so I didn’t serve it with the meal (it didn’t pair will with the French Onion soup) but I served it later with dessert. It was nice (apple pie). If I’d opened it right at dinner time, I think it would have paired amazingly well with the soup. It wasn’t nearly as sweet upon first opening.
To be honest, I’m beyond shocked that I liked this. It is out of my comfort zone for sure and I can’t drink more than half a glass before I hit sweet saturation, but it’s still a nice wine. The body was very medium weight, rich-like. The sweetness never got cloying or left any residual aftertaste. The taste of it reminds me so much of autumn cider, that I think it’s a nice winter white; so, I’m still giving it a thumbs up.