02 May, 2014

Livermore: It's cooler than you think - Wente on my Porch

It's been kind of a busy winter and Spring apparently has left the building. So when I had a houseguest and a heat wave I dove into my samples and came up with some refreshing Wente wines

First up was the Morning Fog Chardonnay. Named for that delicious cooling blanket of fog that makes Livermore such a special place, it also produced fruit that Wente coaxes into a refreshing interesting Chard. Aromas of green fruit with a mysterious hint of the tropics and crisp flavors.  The oak treatment was 50% neutral French oak, American oak and Eastern European oak which ends up being a balanced melange. The other half is stainless, which the winemaker notes credit with preserving natural fruit flavors. It went great with the pear Gorgonzola pizza I made. Nice acidity made the wine food friendly At $12 a great buy.

The 2010 Reliz Creek Pinot Noir ($28) we paired with conversation. This wine comes from Arroyo Seco in Monterey County. The aromas had great typicity of the area rich with red fruit a touch of spice and tobacco.  The flavors were tart with a nice finish.  

Totally recommend both for your sipping pleasure as we bolt into the dog days of Summer.  woof!

Many thanks to Wente for providing these samples

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