Friday, February 11, 2011

Brassfield Serenity 2009

Brassfield Serenity 2009
Origin: California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, and Semillon (proprietary blend)
Alcohol Content: 13.7%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $8.99

Our review: Citrus, herb, and green apple aromas are exhibited by this pale, greenish-gold wine. The fruit flavors on the palate have a similar profile, mostly citrusy but with a bit of an edge. The finish is more rounded and smooth, pleasant though relatively brief.

Our rating: Definitely not a wine to be served alone, this blend requires food to help balance and enhance it. We found that we enjoyed our second glass far more than the first; maybe breathing a bit or simply warming up a bit helped improve its overall composition. Generally, we find that wines that have more of a citrus character pair better with seafood, but we served our bottle with a chicken and pasta dish, and we think poultry is probably the best way to go here. In the end, we have to say we liked this wine's complexity, and rate it on the very high side of Above Average. (We rated the Brassfield Serenity 2007 Above Average, nearly Excellent. Based on our notes, it was lighter in character than this vintage, though we also mentioned that it, too, had an interesting complexity. And not that price necessarily means anything, but we paid nearly 50% more for the 2007 vintage than the 2009 one.)

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The distinctive and intense fragrances of gooseberry, green apple, pineapple and juniper berry are followed on the palette by Honeydew melon and kiwi. A perfect balance of acidity with a hint of sweetness makes this wine a perfect match to spicy pan-Asian flavors, Tex-Mex or exotic Indian cuisine."

Winery website: Brassfield Estate Winery.

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