Bridesmaid White 2009
Bordeaux White Blends from Napa Valley, California
This Bridesmaid White brings together a multitude of winemaking techniques from great sources in one savory balanced white wine. Individual vineyards were picked, pressed then fermented in stainless tanks and french oak barrels. Fresh and complex, this blend tastes of white peach, cream and crushed shells. There is a wonderful mineral quality, fresh milled flowers, and a lively acidity which makes this Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend perfect to pair with food or just on its own!
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Bridesmaid White displays loads of spring garden-like floral notes intermixed with some honeysuckle, white peach, pineapple, and melon. This exotic, luscious, dry, mid-weight white should be drunk over the next year. "
For years, Pam Starr (Crocker & Starr, Adastra) and Drew Neiman (Kongsgaard and Arietta) have been crafting exceptional wines under their own labels and for others. Now they have joined together to produce a deliciously fun and rewarding negotiant project known simply as Bridesmaid. Both wines are a blend of barrels from their own projects and from an enviable "group of friends" who shall remain anonymous, but are all stellar in stature. While the old adage goes "always a bridesmaid and never a bride" these wines are blends of extreme high quality and it is our good fortune that they are released at prices only a fraction of their predestined counterparts. View all Bridesmaid Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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