Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé Blanc

Today is Wednesday.

Honestly, I am unsure as to how I have made it this far into this particular week without consuming the entire world’s chocolate supply along with an American sized side of salty snacks.

Well now that you know how awesome I have been of late, let’s move onto some fun! Like the weather… it has been perfect! Cody and I just recently started playing tennis and the weather has been treating us right! This is his first experience with tennis but he comes from a Provincials winning Badminton background so he caught on real quick. My parents always had fun summer classes that my brother and I took, and tennis was one of those activities so I love tennis. It is so nice to have an activity that both of us enjoy that doesn’t involve the couch. It doesn’t hurt that tennis is super great cardio and is helping me meet my fitness goals.

Especially after that thing about the chocolate and the salt… and now wine.

The worst part is that I have had this wine previously and I remember how wonderful it is, so I shall drink all of it.

Review: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé Blanc

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Vintage: 2010

Varietal: 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillon

Region: Napa Valley, California

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Price: $18 USD

A bit of an intro because the name is a bit misleading if you don’t know the context.

“Fumé” Blanc is a made up name, created by Robert Mondavi to increase sales of his new style of Sauvignon Blanc. He had consistently been making sweet style Sauvignon Blanc until he decided to make a French style Sauvignon Blanc. What was he to call it so that consumers knew it was different? Fumé Blanc.

He chose this name because “Fumé” translates to “smoke.” Not smoke as in smoky due to barrel aging and not due to any characteristic of the grape, but because Pouilly-Fumé, a popular region in Loire Valley, France that makes a dry-style Sauvignon Blanc.

Robert Mondavi, made Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc synonymous in the US, yes, it is confusing, and yes some may think there is a difference, but alas there is not. I think we can all agree that Mondavi was one smart cookie because this was the catalyst for the popularity of Sauvignon Blanc in the US.

In the glass this wine is a bright straw color that oozes refreshing, as in you just know it will quench your {wino} thirst. We all known water to be the real thirst quencher, or bubbly water in my case. This particular Sauvignon Blanc is soft with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, lemon herbal notes, and white flowers. I feel as if I just described the smell of a fresh and light springtime rain, you may draw your own strange parallels.

The best part of this particular Sauvignon Blanc is it is zesty, but also creamy and soft all at the same time. The Sauvignon Blanc is the zest and the Semillion is the creamy heft. All of the citrus and tropical fruits come through on the palate, with the a creamy custard like weight. It finishes long and the flavor is persistent. This is a crowd pleaser. It is easy drinking for the “I’ll drink most anything” types and unique enough to intrigue the “I won’t drink just anything” types.

That being said, it is versatile when pairing foods as well. Try with simple veggie stir-fry, choose from a variety of fish or poultry, or drink all by itself as an apéritif in any season.

Drink up!

Marisa

P.S. We had a mini photo-shoot because everyone was SO interested in what I was doing ESPECIALLY Doodles. The picture below looks like he is poo-pooing this wine! Obviously, he has no idea how delish it really is. The other two are purely glamor shots, ammirite?

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart

 

Wino Wednesday :: Robert Mondavi 2010 Fumé  Blanc | The little Red Heart

Wino Wednesday :: Peller Estates 2013 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Hello Hello!

I am in a particularly chipper mood today because after a rough couple days I got to spend the afternoon with a friend doing all the fun things! First up was this wonderful little skate park where I put on my quads and pretend like I got mad skills. We mostly had the park to ourselves which is nice because I am not completely aware of the etiquette that goes on at a skate park. At least I know there is etiquette, so I am not a total nuisance out there. From there we had an early dinner or late lunch and after walked to get vegan donuts from Veg Out. Peaches ‘n Creme and Pumpkin Spice….so good! All of those things equal a fantastico day!

I think it may be the weather. Perfect Fall breeze, sun shining and a few rolling clouds.

Hopefully the weather is just as nice where ever you are and you got/get to enjoy some of it!

Fall is such a hard season from me when it comes to wine. I never know if I should go white or red. Honestly, toughest question ever. This week it was easy because I am lacking any reds that seemed even remotely delicious to me and I already had a white chilled.

Review: Peller Estates 2013 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Wino Wednesday :: Peller Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2013 | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs:

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2013

Region: VQA, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Alcohol Content: 13.4%

Price: $18.95

{Warning: My allergies are still crazy, #ihatethisareaandwanttoleave, so take what I say with a larger grain of salt than usual. My throat is sore from all the drainage thus making a perfectly acidic wine taste like someone is pouring straight lemon juice down my throat. }

In the glass this is a star bright wine, meaning, it is so shiny. It is a perfect straw color to boot! The aromas are strong but very clean, with pear, green apple, and loads of citrus: lemon and lime. First thing that I noticed about this Sauvignon Blanc is its weight. It is a medium-bodied white wine that has a noticeable heft on the palate. On the palate I got all of that same green apple, pear, and an add in of grapefruit.

The finish is equal to the dryness of a grapefruit that lingers for a bit. It is a fine example of Sauvignon Blanc and from a very local-to-me area, so I like it!

I would suggest this “savvy” with any salad, seriously, just do it, or maybe a summer-y pizza with fresh goat cheese. Currently, I am eating a lovely Tabbouleh salad with some goat cheese and it was fairing  well in pairing.

Drink Up!

Marisa

 

Wino Wednesday :: Finca Flichman Misterio Malbec 2013

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday…

It is a dreary day here. The kind where you want to wear your most comfortable clothes and hide under a blanket. Considering I am not working I am always amazed at the little bit of will power I have left kicking in, I could just hide in my bed all day. Alas, I would like to keep some semblance of my sanity so I get up and putz about the house.

Maybe because it is almost Fall, my favorite season, I have been doing a lot of reflecting. All ages of students are moving on to a new year of school and here I seem to be frozen. Time is moving so slowly for me, almost to the point of going backwards.  Time is so relative; it is weird.

I sound depressing to be around, I assure you I am not that bad. It may take me awhile to to get into the grove of a conversation but I assure you I still have things to add. Except to a conversation that I had with someone new that I had met yesterday. This person had been everywhere. Instead of name dropping it was destination dropping. “I was in Guatemala for the winter.” ” I was just in Rio and Buenas Aires.” “When I was traveling around Europe.” “Chile, I loved going there.” ” I did a wine tour in Mendoza.”

I become mesmerized by all the travel some people have under their belts and always wonder how? Then I think, it is not the how for these people it is the when. How has so many other questions that follow it but when is a date or a time.

I guess I should start thinking like a when kind of person from now on, it has less baggage.

I hope you are not thinking WHEN am I going to get to the review. Hahaha, to the review!

Review :: Mistero Malbec 2013

Wino Wednesday :: Finca Flichman Misterio Malbec 2013 | The little Red Heart

Technical Specs ::

Varietal: Malbec

Vintage: 2013

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Alcohol Content: 13.5%

Price: $9.95 CAD

Sad to say but it took me pouring and drinking most of the glass to finalyl remember where on earth I got this bottle of Malbec from. It dawned on me. This was a bottle that Cody won at a storytelling “party” with a bunch of his MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science) peers. I was wondering why I would pick up a bottle of under $10 Malbec at the LCBO. This in no way is to preface the wine as being bad, it was just a shock.

In the glass the wine is deep black garnet color with anything but subtle aromas of dark stone fruit, florals, tobacco, and oak. Similar to the aromas this wine on the palate is a heavy hitter yet still medium bodied. It has tastes of the same dark stone fruit with heavy oak and long lasting tannins. Surprisingly, the finish is quite nice on this Malbec.

This bottle would be considered a value priced wine and I would recommend it with a dinner of heavy fare foods, red meats and hard cheeses that are full of flavor, similar to Parmesan or Gruyere. Even the touch of dark chocolate I was eating helped cut through the acidity a bit and let the flavor shine through.

All in all for under $10 at the LCBO, this is both easy on your wallet and palate. Can’t beat that!

Drink up!

Marisa

Wino Wednesday :: Piattelli Vineyards 2013 Rose of Malbec

Hiddy Ho, Neighbors. Sorry about my missing my Wino Wednesday post last week. I chilled a bottle of Chardonnay that my father had given me and was very much looking forward to it. I opened it and bah! this is a little acidic, maybe it needs to relax a bit. It sat on the table and Cody tried it and all I heard from the other room was YUCK. I said to him, “nah, it’s not that bad.” Then a friend, Kelly, came over and proceeded to do the same thing except her response was “ish, this needs to go back into the barrel.” I was all like, “nah, it’s not that bad.”

I came back to it, drank some and thought to myself this is bad, bad, bad. I would make an assumption that the Chardonnay is quite nice from what I have read, but this bottle had turned and was not salvageable. I only mentioned this because sometimes a bottle of wine has been ruined, either by heat, cold, or a gap in the cork that lets air in. Shit happens, but just because that bottle is bad does not mean the the label is bad. Remember to take back the bottle to the store you bought it from and ask for a replacement. This should not be an issue because all parties involved stand to gain by replacing a turned bottle.

I am a diet hoarder so I keep my receipts for all my alcohol purchases just in case.

I hope that you my lovely neighbors are not tired of Rose/Blush wine reviews, because I have been having a love affair with them all summer; I do not foresee it stopping until well into the fall.

Review: Piattelli Vineyards 2013 Premium Reserve Rose of Malbec

Wino Wednesday :: Piattelli Vineyards 2013 Rose of Malbec

Technical Specs:

Varietal: 91% Malbec 9% Torrontes

Vintage: 2013

Region: Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina

Alcohol Content: 14.0%

Price: $13.99 USD

This ‘special’ Rose is a blend of Piattelli Grand Reserve Malbec and Premium Torrontes both of which are highly rated by Robert Parker. If you don’t know who Robert Parker Jr. is, no worries, he is a smart dude that knows his stuff, writes reviews, and scores wines out of 100. Honestly, he has this no nonsense air about his reviews that cut out the extra crap that can follow from the label to a critics palate. If Robert Parker Jr. likes it, than you will too.

Off on a bit of a tangent there, getting back to the wine now.

The one thing that I first noticed about this Rose is that you must heed the serving temperature suggestion of 54˚F because if this is overly chilled the nuances and flavor of the wine will be lost.

In the glass this Rose is the popping color of a blushing peach, it is cute! Piattelli tells us that this particular wine is where elegant meets fun. It smells of  light fruits, a touch of spice, and light white flowers. This is not a sweet wine, it is medium bodied with bright fruits and the spice of oak on the palate. On the finish this rose has a pleasant, yet slightly high acidity with lingering tannins.

Try pairing this summertime wine with an avocado tuna roll as per recommendation of the winemaker, and also I think a touch of salt would be perfect, say a goat cheese crostini variation.

Drink up!

Marisa

P.S. Just so you are aware I have a the worst allergies right now and my nose is plugged because I am watching the Stargate SG-1, Season 7, Episodes 17 & 18 (Heros: Part I and II) and it is my kryptonite, a major character dies and I KNOW ITS COMING BUT IT STILL GETS ME! I have previously had this wine and thus why I choose to review it even with my allergies flaring up.