Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2008 Red Heads Studio "Yard Dog White"

Brought this home tonight when I found out fish tacos were on the menu for dinner. I was hoping this would be light, crisp and fragrant enough to handle the fish (in this case Basa filet), avocado, chipotle sauce, tomato, etc. Turns out it was well-suited for the task. The 2008 Red Heads Studio "Yard Dog White," Australia is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 18% Gewurztraminer, 15% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Viognier and 3% Semillon. The nose has a deceptively rich scent of candle wax and white peach which initially lead me to think this was going to be a fairly rich, fleshy wine. But the palate was all about super crisp, borderline tart, lime and lemon flavors. No trace whatsoever of any oak. The waxiness reasserts itself on the long finish. While it is a bit austere to enjoy on its own, it was a home run with the fish tacos; especially with a spritz of fresh lime. I have to think this would be a nice match with any lighter seafood or shellfish; especially if citrus is used in the preparation. All in all, a very nice wine for $10.

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