Thirst Quencher White

Thirst Quencher White

Posted on Jun, 23. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

I apologize for waiting so long in the week to get something out. This is my major move in week and I have been going full guns trying to get our new house painted and cleaned so that we can be in by the first of July. On top of that is the almost 5 acre perimeter I have to keep mowing with a walk behind mower. Whereas I am grateful for the exercise, I must say it is a bear of a job to keep up with it all, I never thought I would find myself secretly hoping for a drought.

Through out all of this I have still been meeting with reps to taste wine and consider the quality of the offerings that are available to us these days. Last week I met with 5 distributors and tasted roughly 40 different wines. Of those I found one I really loved and two that were worth mentioning here as well.

The wine I want to write about today is another of those perfect, crisp thirst quenching white wines that are just hitting the spot for me right now. Perhaps it is all of the outdoor work I am doing but in the still hot early afternoon sun when it is time for a break, a small bite to eat and a beer, I reach for wine, but the wine must be as crisp and refreshing as a beer but delicious, like wine.

On a perfect day, in a perfect world, this work would be done in a Mediterranean coastal fishing town and the day would be hot and the earth would be baked dry and dusty and the air would smell hot and dry and of the tough gnarled shrubs that stand in patches along the road. And the sea would be blue in the back drop and I would take my lunch down by the water and it would be some sort of flaky white fish grilled or poached with lemon and fresh wild herbs and a drizzle of raw olive oil -and crusty bread and a nondescript white wine that was well made and had good acidity and cleansed the palate as it washed down the fish and bread.

This wine is from the Mediterranean region and from a grape varietal little known outside of the area, Clairette. This is not Claret, the English word for Bordeaux, this is Clairette, the often blended minor player white grape from the South of France. Except here it is from one of renowned importer Robert Kacher’s beloved little Costier de Nimes vineyards, Mas Carlot.

The 2008 Mas Carlot, Clairette de Bellegarde is my solid choice of the 40 wines tasted last week. It is simple, pedestrian even, but it is perfect for this time of year, it is something a little different, well made and indisputably delicious white wine. In truth my perfect world is being right here in Virginia smelling the sweet meadow grasses and listening to the cicada begin their mid summer chant while breathing in the heavy, wet air full of salt from my own sweat. I love being here but having access to wines like this makes it a whole like nicer.

2008 Mas Carlot, Clairette de Bellegarde
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $9.20 • Premier Cru: $8.80 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $12.99
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As I said there were two other wines that I wanted to mention. The first was a South African Chenin Blanc, I could have done a whole e-mail devoted to this wine as it really was that good but the Mas Carlot was for me the better wine. I wanted to mention the Chenin though because so many of you liked the Morgenhoff Chenin Blanc that we sold so much of recently and this wine was truly reminiscent of that one. Now the Morgnehoff was a bit better but what this wine brings is a freshness that the Morgnhoff did not have

Bellingham 2008 Chenin Blanc
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $9.20 • Premier Cru: $8.80 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $12.99
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2007 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. This is a perfect example of a well made North West Pinot Noir, excellent and true to its type. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy a good Oregon Pinot. The reason it did not make the cut is because as solid as this was it did not bring that extra something that we really look for at the Guild to make a wine into an offer for you all. We are hard on our wine, you get no points for being as good as you can be (like this wine is) you get points with us for being better. That’s just how we roll. (don’t forget though that this is a solid wine, not everything can be epic)

2007 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $28.60 • Premier Cru: $29.90 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $39.99
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