For our 4th CSW module, the wine of the week was a Fino Sherry. I chose the Osborne Casa Fundada, from Jerez Xeres Sherry, Spain, DO. It had a very clear, pale straw color. The nose offered aromas of honey, diesel and alcohol, while the palate tasted of bitter toasted almonds. The finish was short at around 17 seconds. The Sherry had 15% alcohol and was produced using the Solera and Cridera system. I must admit that other than cooking with Sherry, I’m not a great fan. Unfortunately, this fortified wine will end up being used in my meal creations rather than as an aperitif or being paired.
To celebrate National Pinot Noir Day, I decided to open a bottle of the 2014 Lincourt, Santa Rita Hills, Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir, since I didn’t have any Arizona Pinot Noir on hand. The wine has a beautiful, clear ruby color. The nose is very earthy, with cherry, strawberry, and raspberry while the palate offers notes of tobacco, strawberry and cherry. This dry red wine, has low to medium acidity and a light to medium body. The alcohol content is 13.9%. It’s well balanced with a shorter finish at around a 22 seconds.
Last year I visited the lovely Lincourt winery, enjoyed a delightful tasting and bought many of their wines, but alas they were all gone. They had a great price on it at Costco, so naturally I had to buy a few for the celebration.
The 2016 Monsoon by Southwest Wine Center is a white wine as stunning as our Arizona storms. It contains 45% Malvasia Bianca, 45% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Viognier. It has a pale straw color, with medium acidity and intensity. The nose bursts with delicious notes of lychee, grapefruit, dried apricot and honeysuckle while the palate also includes a luscious honey/honeysuckle flavor. This dry and very refreshing wine offers a long finish at around 40 seconds. The alcohol content comes in at 12.8%.
I was a big fan of their Sunlight which won a Gold Medal and Best of Class Award at the 2017 Sunset International wine competition in Berkeley, California. I thoroughly enjoyed the new Monsoon. It’s unique from the Sunlight with added Sauvignon Blanc and different percentages of Malvasia Bianca and Viognier. A delightful wine to drink while watching our monsoons roll by.
For our 3rd CSW webinar class, the wine of the week was Sauternes, which comes from the Gironde department, Aquitaine region of France. My Sauternes was a 2011 G. Chevalier, white Bordeaux, 1st growth. It had a clear golden color with nice legs and a medium to full body. The nose was extremely intense with floral notes, minerality and honey. It was exceptionally sweet with low acidity and 13% alcohol. The palate had floral notes with peach and honey. The finish came in at around 22 seconds. This could definitely use more aging. I paired it with blue cheese, brie, French goat cheese and a baguette which worked exceptionally well. Since this Sauternes was around $10 from Trader Joes, it was an excellent buy.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.