Withers, But Not the Horsey Kind – The White Daily Slosh

28 Oct

fieldingThe Lodge at Fielding Estates Winery www.fieldingwines.com

As I mentioned in Value Bordeaux and Passo Appassimento, this week’s release has a bucket full of value Bordeaux from the great 2010 vintage. So, why this statement in a White Daily Slosh post? Well, I was re-reading a great article by Eric Asimov of the New York Times – The Paler Side of Bordeaux (March 2006) – in which he extols the virtues of white Bordeaux and laments its relegation to second tier status behind, particularly, white Burgundy. So, a release with value Bordeaux should include white Bordeaux, right? Well. There is one Sauternes. But, nothing else. In a modest, and most certainly doomed, effort to re-invigorate this formerly prestigious and still yummy white, I’ll try and mention them when I see them.

fieldingrieslingLast summer on a stumble through Niagara, I stopped in to Fielding Estates Winery for my first time. The winery property is quite striking – they call the building The Lodge. It’s pretty cool (picture above). This week, their 2012 Fielding Estate Riesling #251439 $18.95 hits the shelves. Off-dry but with enough acidity to quell your fears, “I don’t like sweet wines, Bill.” Settle down – this will surprise you. The residual sugar gives the wine a little weight but the acidity washes through what you’d call ‘sweetness’. It’s citrusy on the nose with the benefit of added tree fruits (still trying to come up with a descriptor for apricots, peaches, pears, etc.) once it’s in your mouth. Good autumn wine. I agree with many that say Niagara does this style of Riesling really well. I had recommended the Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling a while back. It’s different than this one but in a similar vein weight-wise. Good stuff! I’m saving some of these great Niagara Rieslings for when my niece gets home from Germany with her beau. They will have a good perspective on the grape and we can enjoy together.

witherhillsAlways with the NZ Sauvignon Blanc? Yes, because I always hear from you that you like it a lot (thousands of letters, comments, small but expensive presents, shout outs). This week, I’m stretching my WDS definition by a couple bucks. The 2012 Wither Hills Rarangi Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc #288134 $21.95. NZ SB can be a bit ‘too much’ and sometimes a bit ‘too much’ is just what you want. Not this time of year though. You want something with a little more subtlety. Well, this does sneak up on you. Not so much on the nose but full of citrus, gooseberries, and vegetal things in the mouth – great focus. This will compliment foods that have some presence and I’d say spice. Nothing hot but savory. Plus this winery’s regular Sauvignon Blanc should still be around and it is worthy of a look see and slurp – a bit more intense and urgent but a beaut – 2012 Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc #919514 $17.95. Wither Hills Pinot Noir is usually a pretty good pick as well. Wither does thou goest, you will enjoy their vino. And, if it’s New Zealand wines that you crave, check out What’s In The Glass Tonight – a blog that’s all about New Zealand wines to discover and learn about.

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