50% Chenin Blanc, 13% Roussanne, 13% Grenache Blanc, 12% Clairette Blanche, 12% Verdelho; 12.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 21 December
The front label of this wine struck me as dull enough, but I was really excited by the blend listed on the back label. However, a regular customer told me that he hadn’t liked it because it was too sour. It was with his comment in mind that I opened it to cook with last night. Although the fruit is nicely ripe (lemon, yellow pear and melon) and blended, it is also rather sour, with a taste tending toward spoiled. I was considering Thumbs Down.
Today, the fruit is a little more forward and that almost-spoiled character has subsided somewhat, so that it’s actually reasonably tasty, if still on the sour side. I guess it’s okay, but not really for me.
There’s an accompanying Lion’s Lair red, blended in a southern Rhone style. If anyone’s tried it, please let us know what you thought about it.