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Sunday, August 22, 2010

2009 intelligent design cuvée blanc - wesley ashley wines

The "intelligent design"cuvée blanc is made from a composition of Rhone varietals grown in California's Santa Barbara appellation. It comprised of 50% Viognier, 30% Roussanne, and 20% Grenache Blanc. It's a small 250 case production made by winemaker Jason Welch.

On the nose I get fresh and bright citrus aromas that combine with a variety of stone fruits such as white peach and nectarine. There is also a touch of tropical fruit (papaya) and subtle floral notes.

On the palate the first thing that is undeniable about this wine is it's oily texture. It's extremely oily and almost feels a bit waxy too. The flavors I get are lime peel, vanilla, mineral, chalk, and a touch of apricot. The finish is long, but again I have to express the oily nature of this wine.

I definitely can see how this wine might pair well with the right seafood dish. Steer clear of the real fatty and oily type fish or you could be in way over your head! Perhaps some glazed giant prawns?? 85 Points


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