For this week’s wine tasting, JP picked out another four wines for us to try:
- The Stump Jump Riesling Sauvignon Blanc Marsanne Roussanne from Australia — A McLaren Valencia white blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, and Rousanne
- Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California
- Bayonette Red from the Côtes du Roussillon Villages area in France – A red blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 10% Syrah
- 2012 Chateau de Lancyre from Pic Saint Loup, France – A Red Rhone Blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Carignan
Because I started writing this blog, I am trying them all rather than resisting the whites. #2 was a nice surprise. Not your usual Sauvignon Blanc, which for me was a good thing. I found it quite enjoyable. #3 ended up being my favorite.
We were treated to a #5 this week — Penfold’s Club Tawny Port from Australia. We already were fans of Penfold’s Club Reserve Port (another tawny) but it has become hard to come by. Bushmaster and I are both excited to say that this is an excellent substitute. And you can’t beat the price. Penfold’s competes with the best of them.
As a bonus, Jamie, one of the Party Town regulars, contributed a bottle of King Family Vineyards 2014 Roseland that she purchased on one of her wine trips. Jamie, who’s favorite wine is Norton, makes at least one trip a year to Virginia and has been known to bring back as many as 100 bottles. Roseland is a white blend of 51% Chardonnay, 29% Viognier, and 20% Petit Manseng. This was another white surprise for me. Bushmaster and I had visited King Family Vineyards in 2013 and had a less than stellar experience. Perhaps that colored our tasting as I do not recall their wines being very impressive. However, this one was quite enjoyable. Perhaps we need to give them a second chance if we ever make it back to Crozet, Virginia. It is always a treat and very much appreciated when Jamie shares one of her wines.