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Melanie's Wine Reviews

Melanie’s Wednesday Wines ~ August 22, 2007


Melanie Hoffman

Davis Bynum Winery, 2005 Rosé of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Sonoma County | Estate Grown ~ Delightful nose of fresh strawberries and Mandarin orange. Clean palate exhibits more of the juicy strawberry flavors with added hints of vanilla and a rose hip finish. $15.00

This wine paired nicely with herbed goat cheese, Tuscan olives and truffle salami.

Davis Bynum, 2004 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – Lindleys’ Knoll Vineyard | Estate Grown ~ Complex bouquet opens with a basket full of mulberries. Aromas continue with added toasty oak vanilla, a hint of mineral that finishes with espresso and chocolate. Rich palate displays more jammy mulberry. The full mouthfeel has added cedar and clove spice. $50.00

Delightful with grilled lamb sausages and green bean, cherry tomato and fennel salad.

Trentadue Winery, 2006 Grenache Rosé, Clear Lake – Monte Lago Vineyard ~ Fruity nose opens with cranberry and orange zest that evolve into the fragrance reminiscent of cheesecake. Fantastic mouthfeel; clean, smooth, easy. Passion fruit juicy flavors wash over your palate. Farm fresh strawberry and white fig linger in the finish. $15.00

Pair this wine with an evening in the hot tub.

Trentadue Winery, 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley – Stelvin closure, love it! Why do you need a cork in a wine you are going to drink today, tomorrow or even a year from now? Cork is for aging, but I digress… ~ Key lime and lemongrass aromas hit my senses with the glass a foot from my nose. A slight mushroomy nature that is in no way overpowering. Tropical floral notes of plumeria and hibiscus round out the bouquet. Kiwi on the palate up front with a mid-palate of nectarines that lasts all the way through to the end. Very clean and palateable. $14.00

Enjoy with well slathered sweet & spicy barbecue chicken and a side of caprisi salad. Yummy.

Goosecross Cellars, 2005 Chardonnay, Napa Valley – Carneros ~ Dominant starfruit aromas with hints of honeysuckle and jasmine. Added lime in the back end of the bouquet. Palate exhibits lychee nut and tangerine flavors. A hint of strawberry sorbet in the clean finish. $29.00

Try this wine with satay chicken and a spicy peanut dipping sauce. Add traditional Miang Kum, an exotic finger food that combines toasted coconut, fresh ginger, shallots, dried shrimps, peppers, and lime served with a tangy dipping sauce. Wrap all those little ingredients in crisp lettuce leaves and enjoy while sipping the chardonnay. I’m salivating just thinking about it. I think I’m going to make Thai food tonight!

2 Responses to “Melanie’s Wednesday Wines ~ August 22, 2007”

  1. Tim Elliott says:

    “Thanks for your notes on our Chardonnay

  2. jo says:

    “Thanks Tim

  3. jo says:

    that should have been signed Melanie