Saturday, May 1, 2010

2005 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Vin Gris El Jabali Vineyard

Now here is a wine that I would have guessed would be a bit over the hill, not showing much, and being on the sour side. Thankfully, this was not the case at all, and this made for the perfect summer sipper to enjoy during this year’s running of the Kentucky Derby.

Grabbed this out of the “wine and beer fridge” down in the cellar, and it was served nice and cold, just how we like our whites. In the glass, this was very light, faded salmon in color, and really reminded me of the same color of Pali’s rose blend a few years ago. On the nose, nice nectar hints, pear, strawberry, and kiwi.

On the palate, a very nice acidity for a 5 year old white, with lots of citrus tones. To say that this bottle is past its prime to me is a total mistake, and I think that it is still drinking very nicely. Pleasant, crisp finish made this wine a joy to drink and made this wine perfect to sip while seeing Calvin Borel ride to his 3rd Derby win in 4 years on Super Saver. And leave it to Zelda to once again pick the winery of this year’s Derby. 87 points! Cheers!

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