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May 2010

Les Trois Domaines La Croix Blanche 2008


Grapes: 50% Colombard, 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

Background:  This is a pretty classic Gascogne white blend to me.  I've run across a number of these over the years that are pretty, fresh, eminently thirst quenching wines.  This is made by a fourth generation wine maker: Francis Baurens, his wife and daughter. 

Aroma:  I love this wines aroma.  It's got pineapple, a touch of white grapefruit, and some pear to it.  It's a really inviting fruit driven nose that hints at how refreshing it is on the palate. 

Palate:  The wine opens with fresh acidity and a bit of citrus fruit, but the Colombard fills out the mid palate and adds more minerality.  The fruit is definitely pineapple propped up with bright acidity and the minerality on the mid palate.  The finish is pretty clean and I can easily imagine this with oysters, or just outside in the sun.  It's only 11.5% alcohol so you can actually drink a couple glasses at a picnic without feeling tired and beat up.

This is somewhere in the 10.99 range and is available at the Oh No Cafe, Provisions, Black Cherry Provisions, and Clayton's in Yarmouth.  This will be my go to picnic wine for the summer.

Erste & Neue Gewurztraminer "Puntay" 2008


Grapes:  100% Gewürztraminer

Background:  The Erste & Neue operation is an example of a wine maker's co-op really working well.  Located in the Alto Adige region of the Italian Alps, it was founded in 1900 by a group of local growers in order to take control of the wine making of their grapes into wine.  The winery is new and extremely modern.  Puntay is their premium group of wines; to which the best grape clusters are donated. 

Aroma:  It smells like sunshine.  Bright, full of life, and utterly pleasing.  It has the big aromatic nose of Gewürztraminer, but it's more tropical fruit, hints of Mango and wild white flowers.  It's a prettier, slightly more floral interpretation of a Gewürztraminer; compared to many heavier New World and Alsatian Gewurz.  The aroma even has a touch of lilac and maybe a hint of pine spice.

Taste:  The flavors in this wine are so enjoyably vibrant!  The Pineapple and Mango you smelled on the nose is here on the pallet too and doesn't disappoint.  The texture is very smooth, with just a hint of the Gewurz spice and weight to it.

This is a great white wine for food.  It's really enjoyable on it's own, but it's big enough and yet not too heavy to pair with a lot of foods.  It will work well with duck, turkey!, potato salads, spicy Thai dishes, and particularly rich intense cheeses.

Availability:  This retails for about $25.  Turns out this is really only available at The Corner Room and Provisions in Brunswick so I guess you're all out of luck....Oh Snap!  This is one of the Italian wines I'm really excited about and am showing at the 20/20 Italian Charity Wine Tasting: at Cinque Terre this Sunday May 16!  $20 for 20 exciting Italian wines.