Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Wine Blog Wednesday #10 - White Pinot

Strewn, Pinot Blanc 2001 ($10) -- VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada, Dry White Wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake. The notes on the back label are: "A gentle oak aroma with a buttery note leads to a smooth, round palate and a mineral, crisp, clean finish." That pretty much nails it.

I was going to review the JK Carriere "Glass" Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir, as it had the White Pinot in the label, but it is a Rose and that was last month's WBW wine du jour. By the way, that wine finished first in last month's Erie Blind Tasting of Rose's. Then I thought I would look at some Pinot Grigio's or Pinot Gris', but nothing jumped out at me, until I read the fine print and was allowed to review a Pinot Blanc. I have liked this wine for several months after I found a bottle in the 'fridge at work and it has been popular with customers after they taste it. I think some of the popularity is the surprising flavor profile of oak and butter when they expect some steely, riesling-like flavor. Plus, there is the novelty (at least here in Ohio) of a Canadian wine that is not an Ice Wine.

This is a good food wine and a good chilled wine for summer when you want to try ABC (anything but chardonnay), but still need your oak and butter fix!

The website for Strewn gives little details on the wine production, but does offer an intriguing invitation to visit the winery and restaurant next time I'm driving by Buffalo on the way to Maine this summer.


Anonymous Lenn said...

A day early...aren't ya Jens? ;)

4:42 PM  
Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

Better early than late I figure!

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Alice said...

This sounds really great to me...I love Chardonnay...but it can get old and I like to try new wines. Thanks for participating in WBW10!

7:37 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

hi jens! oh, how i sort of miss cincinnati (did some growing up there before having to move out west)...thanks for the lesson!

12:10 PM  
Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

If you get back in town, stop by!

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Nicholas said...

Strewn is well worth visiting. They have some excellent wines that are only available at the winery (at least here in Canada . . . I can't speak to what might be available in the US).

I haven't done too many reviews of the Strewn wines, but there's a brief look at a 2000 Cab Franc (here)

4:40 PM  

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