Somewhere between the richest and oakiest Chardonnay-like South African Chenin Blancs and the lighter, more fruit-driven styles lies this hearty yet refreshing white. The nose is reminiscent of orange-compote bread pudding: toasty and rather rich but with a pure citrus tang and notes of honeysuckle and tangerine, suggesting a full-bodied but clean and refreshing palate. The mouthfeel is creamy but not overbearing with bright acidity to balance a warming alcohol (14%), leading to a long, resolving finish. A great match for rustic fall meals such as acorn squash stuffed with sausage, apples and breadcrumbs.
Very lush mouth-feel, with apples and white peaches dipped in honey, countered gently by tartness of star fruit. Aromas include white peach and flowers - orange blossoms and honeysuckle. The finish lingers gently. This is very nice wine. Enjoy it with chicken salad.
Dancing Coyote gets attention for its unusual California-grown white wines. The Clarksburg area winery produces albarino, gruner veltliner, and chenin blanc. Chenin blanc was big long before chardonnay took over on the west coast but few are producing it today. Dancing Coyote's 2009 Chenin Blanc is a lighter version than many others with nice citrus, particularly lime, and balanced acidity. Frankly, this one is the best I've tasted from California. The winery made just 208 cases.
Pear and melon on the nose. On the palate, melon, peach, pear, and white pepper. It balances a round mouth-feel with bright refreshing acids. This has an excellent quality-to-price ratio. Pair it with a hot summer day and a bowl full of balls of honeydew and cantaloupe melon.
Diversity is the ingredient that illuminates South Africa. Referred to as the “rainbow nation,” a title which reflects the country's multicultural spirit, South Africa is truly famous for its mixture of heritages and traditions. It is a place with 11 official languages and one of the world’s most diverse populations, and biologically speaking, it is ranked as the third most complex country in the world. Fulfilling its nature, the wines of the region also exemplify the immense diversity of South Africa in style and character.
Clear, pale to medium-light yellow color. Clean, grassy, herbal aromatics up front. Green pepper—definitely indicative of the Cabernet Franc. Dry, medium acidity, medium body, and medium-light mousse. More green pepper and vegetal flavors balanced with some grapefruit/citrus and creamy, yeasty textures. Read more wine reviews on my blog, oe•no•phile.
Clear, light gold color. Clean, medium intensity nose with honey, floral, apple, and pear aromas. Dry, medium body, medium-high acidity, soft citrus, green apple, and stone fruit. Vouvray is produced in four levels of sweetness: Sec, Demi-Sec, Moelleux, Doux. In terms of residual sugar, that left in solution after the wine is finished with fermentation, they can range from 0 grams per litre up to 45 (4.5%). Though people might associate these smells, or even the tastes with "sugar" these wines are not always actually sweet. That said, they pair very well with richly flavored dishes with similarly concentrated characteristics. Read more wine reviews on my blog, oe•no•phile.