JP treated us to a line up of wines new to the store. The offerings included:
- Von Schleinitz’ High Def Riesling from Mosel Valley, Germany
- Banyan 2016 Gewurztraminer from Monterey County, California
- Ramsay 2015 North Coast Pinot Noir from Napa, California
- Camp 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
- Camp 2016 Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
- Castello Del Poggio Sweet Red from Monferrato, Italy – a blend of 51% Moscato Bianco and 49% Pinot Noir
High Def was a very nice Riesling. We had actually sampled and purchased that one before and again it did not disappoint. It was a very refreshing white, perfect for a summer’s day.
The Gewurztraminer seemed off to us. It was not the typical taste profile we associate with a Gewurztraminer. It was not quite as spicy and had very little floral in the nose.
Then it was on to the reds where is where my heart and palate lay. This day I experienced a very unusual phenomenon. In both the initial nosing and tasting I got the sensation of burned marshmallows as when toasting marshmallows around a campfire and they catch fire. It dissipated in subsequent sips. At first I thought it was just in the Pinot Noir, but as I tasted the Camp reds, I also experienced the same sensation with all of them. JP suggested I rinse my glass and resample, which I did. Still the same thing! I thought I might just be imagining it, but then my friend Karyl said she was detecting it too. It was not a problem for me as I love my toasted marshmallows with that blackened char. After going back and forth, I determined the Zinfandel was my favorite.
Castello del Poggio’s Sweet Red seemed to be consistent with other sweet Italian reds we have tasted and was a nice selection for those who like sweeter wines. Bushmaster enjoyed it. I stole a quick sip of his before happily returning to my blackened marshmallows. For some reason, going camping sounded very good to me!