Tuesday, September 15, 2009

La Vieille Ferme White Wine 2008

La Vieille Ferme White Wine 2008
Origin: Rhone Valley, France
Blend: Grenache Blanc (30%), Bourboulenc (30%), Ugni Blanc (30%), Roussanne (10%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2009
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Pale yellow in color, this wine has aromas of tree fruit (pear, apple) with distinct notes of tree nuts. The fruit and nut flavors are initially nicely balanced on the palate, but then seem to dissipate. The finish has a mineral, almost chalky character and becomes increasingly unbalanced and astringent.

Our rating: This is not a sipping wine and must be paired with the right food to bring out its best character. We served our bottle with a tomato-based dish; the acid in the food complemented the wine nicely, improving it dramatically. It also seemed to help allowing the wine to remain open for 10-15 minutes. Paired with the right cuisine, this wine would rate on the high side of Average. But alone or with the wrong dish, it's likely to be perceived as Below Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Appearance: bright pale yellow with hints of green. Nose: green fruit, corn and hazel-nuts. Palate: soft, balanced and deliciously aromatic. "

Winery website: La Vielle Ferme, Cotes du Luberon.

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