Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
The irrepressible and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM tastes…
MANY California wines at the Disover California Wines tasting organised by the California Wine Institute whose last tasting was over 4 years ago. Elaine Brown presented the wines from across California’s wine regions, and talked about the terroir of California…
- J Russian River Pinot Gris Sonoma 2018 – all stainless steel fermented, unoaked, mineral notes with a medium finish.
2. Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018 – intense gooseberry nose and flavours from 6 months barrel aged 90% Semillon
3. Chamisal Chardonnay Edna Valley 2017- Lime and lemons dominate with grapes grown on calcareous soil
4. Talley Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2016 – pleasant on the palate with a long finish
5. Oak Farm Albarino Lodi 2018 – fruit in the mid palate with a nose of melon, lovely wine with a hint of ‘sweetness’
6. Ridge Paso Zinfandel Paso Robles 2017 -raisin notes frm 100% Zinfandel Zinfandel is related to Primitivo in Puglia, Italy. The original clone is Crlzenak kastelanski from Croatia.
7. Copain Syrah Mendocino 2016 – herbal aromatics and firm tannins with smoky and savoury notes on the palate
8. Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyo of Santa Barbara County 2014 – red berry flavours with muscular tannins from Southern California. Cabernet Sauvignon became the dominant grape varietal in 1997
9. Cline Ancient Vine Carignan Contra Coasta 2017 – 85% Carignan, easy on the palate with fine soft tannins
I also tried some nice wines from Dry Creek Vineyard with John Doxon, the Director of Sales. I liked the elegant and smooth Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2016. California is the 4th largest wine producer in the USA. Zum Wohl!