Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wine Down Wednesday @ town - May 6, 2009
"Sauvignon Blanc & Zinfandel"
with John Behler of Johnson Bros.
Whitehaven 2008 Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand - A classic loaded with citrus yet nicely balanced with plenty of fruit. (Natalie's view - grassy, bittermelony, but not bitter, green)
paired with cardoon gratin (see my "what's a cardoon blog?")
Peju 2008 Sauvignon Blanc - Napa Valley, California - A perfect example of a warmer growing climate wine, richer fruit tones yet also well balanced acidity, because of excellent vineyard conditions. (Natalie's opinion - citrusy, light, bright, piquant - I would purchase for a hot summer night dinner)
paired with MA'O purslane, feta, mint (see my "what's a purslane blog?")
Di Aire 2008 Primitivo - Shenadoah, California - Primitivo and Zinfandel have nearly the identical genes, but there are some subtle differences. Primitivo tends to have smaller clusters and berries, which translate to more intense flavors. (Natalie's opinion - dark black/blue berries, juicy, grapey - my favorite for the evening. Reminded me of an Amarone wine.)
paired with pappardelle bolognese (made with Kulana beef, veal, and pork
Storrs Rusty Ridge Zinfandel - Santa Cruz, California - due to the rugged terrain of the Santa Cruz Mountains, these zin vines yield very little fruit per plant, which results in very intense, concentrated flavors. (Natalie's opinion - very tanniny, dark berries, not as juicy as Di Aire, my second favorite tonight)
paired with 5 spice duck buns
Next week's wine expert will be Mark Lloyd - old vines vs. new vines - Molnar Vineyards.