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Obscure White Varietal Geek Report

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BigWoodenSpoon Jul 12, 2009 09:45 PM

Hello everyone,
Just got back from working the Alameda Meals on Wheels fundraiser at Rosenblum where I tried a number of lovely wines from various local producers. The one new-to-me winery that really rocked my tastebuds was Blacksmith Cellars. (Sorry I didn't take very good notes this time)

2008 Alta Mesa Torrontes: $15: Recently voted one the SF Chronicle's Best Wines under $15 and I agree! Refreshing, lovely acidity, yum!

2005 Monterey Chenin Blanc ($15) 40 yr old vines on original rootstock, this one is dry with interesting layers of flavors, some smoky notes if remember correctly and a fairly long finish.

2007 North Coast Late Harvest Malvasia Bianca:($18): I love finding dessert wines that are sweet & light, not syrupy and have a nice balance. I could drink this one all day long.

Oh yeah, they make reds too, but didn't have any with them today.

(BTW, the winermaker is a really nice guy)

http://www.blacksmithcellars.com

Also available at Du Vine Fine Wines, Alameda, CA
Vintage Cellars, Berkeley, CA
Vine & Barrel, Petaluna, CA