OK...my favorite part #wbc11 is here...LIVE WINE BLOGGING -otherwise known as SPEED DATING.
I think we get 12 wineries pouring..so let's see what we get here...
1) First up - Rodney Strong Vineyards - Healdsburg, CA
Founded 1959 -
2008 Reserve Chard - RRV
Nice Chard for RRV, but not my style of Chard. Good acid and not very buttery or oaky.
Retail - $35
2) Next, Decibel 2009 Hawke's Bay Sauv Blanc.
100% Stainless w/ lees stiring. Very ripe fruit, but great acid. Not really like a NZ Sauvie..much less green. Great with Oysters & Salmon or Halibut
3) 2008 Afton Mountain Blanc de Noirs (MC) Bubbles
VA (Virginia, not VA) winery
Pinot & Chard. Decent. Good acid. Balance not super. Rich.
Not bad, but can do much better bubbles for $30.
4) Next up, Viviana White Blend from TX
100% Stainless on lees.
Prob the best TX wine I've had. Restrained on most of the palate. A bit sweet and rich on the front, but good.
5) 2009 Morrisette Rose
100% Chambersin Dry Rose
OK...better than alot of saignee rose that I've had...has some "interesting" notes on the tail.
6) 2010 Boxwood Rose
Cab & Merlot Saignee
Pretty decently balanced front to back, lots of good fruit. Not really my style of rose' - (Bordeaux), but OK. I'd buy some if it were around.
7) 2009 Barboursville Viognier
Lower alcohol (13% ish), fruit, but not powerful. Lots of citrus and not much oil/petrol on the nose or front. Nice.
8) Tabarrini Adarmando Trebbiano
100% Trebbiano on 100% Stainless.
Interesting Italian take here. Lots of spice and smoke on front. Interesting nose...petrol, oak. Interesting. Imported by their USA (FL) company.
Retail: $ 17 (on their website.
Interesting nose -- good front to back. A good example of VA Viognier.
10) 2010 Jefferson Vineyards Pinot Gris
Wow..best VA wine so far. Lots of acid. Pretty good P. Gris example. A bit of Viognier and Riesling blended in. Good to pair with seafood.
11) Sivas Sonoma 2010 Sauv Blanc
Decent Sonoma Sauvie with lots of green apple & green bell pepper. HOT times call for Sauvie Blanc like this. The cure for a ..well, perhaps not a cure, but the right medicine for a BBQ on a hot steamy day
12 & Final ) Maycas de Limari 2008
A bit of oak, but not oaky. Decent Char. decent price pint. A bit more acid than I think Chard needs. Good green fruit, but perhaps a bit too much.