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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wine Tasting - Kenwood Vineyards Vintage White Wine 2010

"You have only so many bottles in your life.  Never drink a bad one."

Hello my friend!  I hope that you have a very pleasant day.  May every hour surpass the last today.

Andy at Eat More Produce was excited to show us a half dozen or so new wine arrivals when we visited this afternoon.  Amongst the many wonderful choices was this vintage white wine selection which he raved about.  We are unable to buy all of the fabulous new selections because there are only two of us to drink the wine (er... only so much time to drink it in?).  We happily chose this one (and a couple of other selections).

Chucky's Point Score:  89/91 (14°C/8°C)
Tiffany's Point Score:  89/91 (14°C/8°C)

Note:  First score = Temperature 14°C.  Second score = Temperature 8°C.  The proper temperature to serve a Chardonnay is 8°C.

Kenwood Vineyards Vintage White Wine 2010

Grape Varietal(s):  69% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, and 1% Muscat
Rating:  87 points Wine Enthusiast, 2009 vintage
Price:  $9.99 (or 2 for $18) at Eat More Produce, March 2012
Vintage: 2010
Producer:  Kenwood Vineyards
Alcohol:  13.5%

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Sheet

Chucky's Notes:  "Wonderful windows on my glass.  I allowed my glass to sit too long and it was drank slightly too warm (14°C instead of 8°C).  However, it’s an extremely pleasant white wine!  A wonderful blend of grapefruit, fruits and butter on the taste.  The taste on my palate closely matches the aroma on the nose (balance).  Delicious white blend!"

Tiffany's Tasting Sheet

Tiffany's Notes:  "It’s been so long since I’ve had a white wine that I forgot how wonderful they can be.  I love the punch of grapefruit and pear along with a grassy and mineral taste on my palate.  This is a nice light smooth wine.  Very refreshing!  Perfect for the upcoming hot Florida afternoons.  Very nice!"

From the label:

This year’s Vintage White Wine combines Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to create a well-balanced and flavorful blend.  Its fruity/floral flavors and fresh acidity make it an excellent accompaniment to lighter fare.

From vintner's web site

This selection is a most delicious and refreshing white blend.  It amazes both Tiffany and myself how closely we scored this particular selection.  About the only distinct difference were our palates when it comes to acidity.  Almost universally I tend to taste acidity when Tiffany does not.  This can simply be attributed to a difference in taste buds.

We both wished we had bought another bottle of this wine because it quickly became empty.  Hey!  The bottle had a hole in it.

The two wine scores?  I decided to use a wine thermometer today and let the glass warm too long before realizing my mistake.  We both reviewed this wine at 14°C which is a little too high for a Chardonnay.  Upon tasting our second (and subsequent) glass at 8°C, we both agreed that had we done our tasting properly we’d be about 2-points higher each.  It’s truly amazing what a difference the proper temperature can make.  Therefore, I highly recommend a wine thermometer when tasting your chilled wines.  From now on, I certainly plan on adding it to our white wine tasting regime.

Hi-dee hi-dee white-wines-are-so-fine-ho my friend.

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