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White Stuff
By Ryan C. Biesen, sml
efore an angry mob appears at my office door, do understand I am asking for white wine! I think we all Aged for a mere 30 days in oak, and
deserve the glacier of last winter to pass over us this year. We’ll see. But white wine? Now that’s something
the remainder in stainless steel, this
on my wish list!
Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend has a
There’s this preconceived notion find. From the Mercurey region just depth both in the nose and palate. The
amongst self-professed wine snobs, con- south of Cote d’Or, France, this vino same notes of kiwi, pear, lemongrass and
noisseurs and etiquette-bent foodies blanc is a limited production wine of baking spice create a round palate, with
that white wine is best enjoyed during exceptional caliber. (We only have a few a subtle, lingering finish. The minerally,
the summertime. While this is certainly allocated bottles remaining, and I’ve got clean flavors lend this wine to a variety
true in theory, (I’ve consumed enough them under better security than a White of cuisine, especially Thai, white sauced
wine on my patio to know), there’s no House state dinner!) dishes and Greek.
reason not to drink some favorite white Bright, with floral notes in the nose, Our next find is a longtime standby
selections during the holidays and win- the palate has touches of almonds, citrus from the Alsace winery of Trimbach,
ter months too. Many of the comfort fruit, toasted oak and pineapple. While their 2005 Gewurztraminer. While
foods we enjoy during the winter are this wine is 100% Chardonnay, aging in Gewurztraminer is a popular and suc-
often times better enjoyed with a good French oak barrels adds a smoky touch of cessful varietal grown in Washing-
bottle of Chardonnay or a bottle of your sea salts to the palate. The finish is crisp ton, the French do it justice also! (I
favorite bubbly. and lingering, creating a superbly food- think those same addictive qualities
For this January, consider a few of the friendly wine. in McDonald’s French fries and in
following selections. We’re going to tip- We’ve also managed to sneak in a few cigarettes might be in this wine, because
toe across the globe for some great white bottles of my next selection, the 2007 once you open the bottle, suddenly the
varietals, offering selections from both Basel Cellars “Forget Me Not.” Before all bottle’s empty!)
close to home and afar. you pretty ladies out there think I’m writ- Off dry and supple, the nose of this
The first white I’d like to highlight ing a Valentine early, (sorry to disappoint wine is full of fresh lemon peel, mandarin
is one of the stars from October’s — blame the winemaker), this is actually oranges and ginger. The same notes pre-
Chef Showcase dinner. The 2004 Joseph the trademark white Bordeaux blend vail on the palate, with juicy peach round-
Drouhin Rully Blanc is an exceptional from Basel Cellars in Walla, Walla, WA. ing out the finish. With a slight efferves-
1 . Signals . The Spokane Club magazine . January 010
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