August’s Featured Wines – First Flight

Happy August all!  Hope everyone is staying cool out there during what is the hottest year on record.  Yipes!  Good thing we have wine to help us forget the sweltering sun outside our windows.  Yes, life is good.  I’m bringing you two lovely options to help you feel a little more calm, cool and collected until the heat subsides and the kids go back to school.

Melville 2010 Estate Pinot Noir – Sta. Rita Hills 

What They Say:  Deep ruby red in color with an opulent and complex nose of black tea, persimmon, chinese five-spice, and pumpkin pie.  Fresh red and blue fruit components of plum duck sauce, raspberry reduction, and bing cherry weave seamlessly on the palate along with umami-like notes of, dashi, chanterelles, nori, and miso. The mouthfeel is plush and complete yet finishes with elegance and restraint.

What We Say:  Once upon a million years ago, I knew Vineyard Owner Brent Melville as a fun-loving stock trader in Manhattan Beach, CA.  When he gave it all up to move to Santa Barbara to start Melville Winery with his father & brother, I was excited for him & very very jealous.  I remember the first time I saw “Melville” on a restaurant menu, it was a definite smile moment.  It’s always nice to see someone achieve their dreams.  That being said, I hadn’t really spent any time with the wines until my most recent trip to LA.  And we all know how I love to spend time with wine.  My friend with whom I was staying & I have a tradition of our afternoon glass of wine together.  My wine of choice, day after day, was the Melville Pinot Noir.  I really enjoyed it… clearly.  The notes of spice & tea were most forward on my palate.  I generally prefer a more fruit-forward Pinot, but this was a great mix of both.  I wanted to drink it again and again and again.  Now, I’m happy for Brent & for me.

Blend Information:  100% Pinot Noir

Region:  Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County, CA

Price Point: $34 on the winery website


Kim Crawford 2010 Sauvignon Blanc 

What They Say:  A bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is famous for.  An exuberant wine brimming with flavours of pineapple and stonefruit with a hint of herbaceousness. The finish is fresh and zesty.

What We Say:  When it comes to white wines, I’m a fan of Sauvignon Blanc.  I prefer the light & crisp style of the wine over the more popular Chardonnay.  It just feels more refreshing on a hot summer day… and there are a lot of those in South Florida.  I shared a bottle of the Kim Crawford with my dad over a light family dinner of chicken & avocado salad.  The taste of the grapefruit & pineapple were a great accompaniment.  The “zesty” finish was a bit much for me, but not too much to ruin the enjoyment of the wine.  I wonder if it would have mellowed had we given it some time open up.  Overall, it was a lovely Sauvignon Blanc that can be enjoyed all summer long without breaking the bank.

Blend Information:  100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region:  Marlborough Region, New Zealand

Price Point: $12.79 on the Total Wine website



3 responses to “August’s Featured Wines – First Flight

  1. Bitches, you just went waaaaaay up in my estimation. Melville? Huuuuge fan!

  2. Nice, very nice. Be sure to wrap your fingers around their chards as well. Very good…

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