I read once that Mets’ third baseman David Wright (perhaps you’ve heard me talk about him?) keeps a notebook in which he writes down all his at bats and the pitchers he faces. He documents his at bats and the sequence of pitches he is thrown and what he did with them and it undoubtedly makes him a better hitter and even more dreamy, since we all know how much I ♥ him.
In an effort to become a better hitter in my world, I am documenting all the different wines I taste. I taste a lot and I mean a lot of wines so it’s hard to keep them all straight so I’m writing them down in a place where I will never lose my notes: the internet. Naturally, I will take some bottles out two days in a row so let’s not get crazy and think that I will be posting notes about wines every day because really, unlike the pitchers that David Wright faces, these wines won’t be throwing me many curve balls from day to day.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Sokol Blosser Evolution (12th Edition); Dundee, Oregon: This is a blend of 9, count ’em 9, white grape varietals–Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, White Riesling, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Sylvaner. Very tropical (think melon) and bright, it’s an off-dry white with a bit of a natural effervescence on the palate. The scrapbooker in me is definitely digging the label.
Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc (2007); Russian River Valley: This smells like a sauvignon blanc. I *might* have been able to guess the varietal had I been tasting this blind. It’s very clean with a little bit of the grassiness for which sauv blanc is known but with some grapefruit notes that match the palate.
*Cannot find a label shot to save my life* Domain Carneros Pinot Noir (2006); Carneros: I love the color of this wine. It could be because it’s garnet-colored and that’s my birthstone, I’m just sayin’…It smells of earth with dark cherry notes which to me, is signature pinot noir. I definitely get the cherry on the palate with a little bit of smoke but it’s very smooth.
Cuvaison Cabernet Sauvignon (2006); Mount Veeder, Napa Valley: I get dark fruit on the nose but it’s balanced by chocolate and more oak and even a touch of jammy-ness. It’s definitely fruit-forward but the chocolate notes are also present on the finish.
Hanna Bismark Mountain Vineyard Syrah (2001), Sonoma Valley: This wine has a much more smoky note to it that is the first thing to grab me but there is also something that reminds me of boysenberry jam. I can taste some of that smoke with cracked white pepper on the palate.
Oh my God. you actually get it. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see this. Keep it up. And remember:
“If you are going to drink and drive….don’t smoke.”
– Ken Harder (my high school algebra teacher)