This Week’s Wines

Another week, another wine class. This week we tried some of the less popular white varietals, including: Gruner Veltliner, Silvaner, Pinot Grigio, Verdejo, Picpoul de Pinet and a blended white.

2010 Berger Gruner Veltliner —  I honestly don’t remember this one very well. My notes have it being moderately fruity, with pear, pineapple, peach, and lemon on the nose and the same on the palate with a peppery, almond finish. The wine was okay by itself, but was just begging to be paired with food, which I think would have really brought out the flavors.


2010 Gysler Weingut Silvaner — This was the best wine I tasted all night. This off-dry Silvaner had a ton of fruit on the nose, including peach, pineapple, nectarine, pear, and lime, as well as a slight flinty aroma. On the palate, the wine was full of minerals, with the fruit and some honey really showing through. Unlike the Gruner Veltliner, this wine was fantastic by itself, and I easily could have finished the whole bottle had I had the chance.

Pinot Grigio — I didn’t catch the name of this one, which was fine because it was the dullest wine I’ve had in a long time. It smelled and tasted extremely metallic and salty. Lesson learned: don’t drink Pinot Grigio unless it’s forced upon you — and then throw your napkin down in disgust and bellow “Good day to you, madame,” at whoever served it to you.

2010 Martinsancho Verdejo — This Spanish wine was incredibly intense fruit-wise. Pear, peach, apple, lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple burst into my nose upon first smell. If possible, the palate was even more punctuated, with the grapefruit really coming to the front. There was also some granite on the palate, giving this wine an interesting texture to go along with its strong flavor. I enjoyed this one and it was incredibly balanced…I’m just not used to whites being as intense as this one was.


2009 Ermitage Pic St. Loup White Blend (Rousanne, Clariette, Granache Blanc, and Marsanne) — This was one of the most interesting/strange wines I have ever tasted. On the nose, the wine had almost no perceivable fruit but did have a smell of beeswax, flowers, almonds, and butter, along with a little oak (it had been oak-aged only 15 months). On the palate, the wine had notes of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond. The Ermitage was incredibly full-bodied, but still had great balance. Unlike most people in the class, I thoroughly enjoyed it — it made me think of home and my mom cooking pecan pie. Very pleasant.


2010 Cap Sette Picpoul de Pinet — The last wine we tasted was much more contained than the last two, with lime, melon, and pear on the nose. I also noted a barky aroma to it — something like being in the woods after it rains. The palate was much the same, but the wine had a good balance to it. Although not incredibly exciting, still a good, refreshing wine.

More wines to come next week, where we’ll be tasting the most popular reds in the world. Stay tuned!


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