Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sniff, Swirl & Sip Sunday #3

Welcome back! Come on in, sit right down, and enjoy some of today's offerings.

White: 2005 Steeple Street, Chardonnay

This is a California wine with a California feel. Cool and mellow, dude. That's what's it's all about. I tasted this for the first time a couple weeks ago, right after having tasted a Reisling. Where the Reisling was a bold taste experience, the Chardonnay was refreshing and easy. Described as having a creamy oakiness and full of citrus aromas and flavors, The Steeple Street Chardonnay would pair nicely with fish, poultry and pastas.

Red: 2005 Landmark, Grand Detour Pinot Noir

Hubby and I first tasted this wine at a Pinot Party we had back in May. Each of our guests were to bring along a Pinot to share - Gris, Grigio, Blanc or Noir. One couple brought this Landmark. And not just because it was what they were easily able to find at the nearest convenience store. No - they specifically sought this wine out and were eager for us all to imbibe. Shortly after the Landmark was uncorked, Hubby was spotted sniffing, swirling and sipping this luscious Noir along with the buddy who introduced it to us. Then I had to have my own taste. In a word - awesome! This wine from Sonoma Valley, CA has everything - full fruit flavors with hints of cinnamon, toffee and toast. Supple tannins make it an easy medium-bodied red to pair with your next Sunday dinner of roast beef, salmon or pork. Then pour yourself a second glass to go along with that chocolate dessert. Divine!

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