Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Greg0
Two For Twenty: Pyrenees Whites
Labor Day might mean that it's time to put the white clothing away in the closet. But it definitely doesn't mean the end of the season for white wines. In fact, the period as summer turns to autumn is a great time to enjoy the crisp, apple and pear flavors of many whites, including today's duo.
From Oregon State, we're proud to suggest the Pyrenees 2009 Chardonnay and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. Priced at a reasonable $20 each, we liked both of these as examples of northwest US variety, bottling depth and offering good balance without breaking the bank.
Let's take a closer look at the Chardonnay first. They describe it as "old world meets new world", and that seemed an apt description, with just a hint of mineral and still creamy without being buttery. The nose didn't grab, but instead of being musty or mushy, this chardonnay tasted bright and fruity, with a little tart pineapple. No real oak here- neutral French barrel aging mean a cleaner flavor and a sharp finish. An excellent pairing wine against seafoods, or for those who like their chardonnay with zest.
The Pyrenees Vineyard 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is, in a word, bewitching. A little herbal note on the nose is interesting, and there are definite flavors of grass and citrus. Light and refreshing, it is fairly neutral and offers some sweetness towards the finish. Plus, it lingers nicely, for quite a while- one of the best endings we've tasted from this grape. So, think sipping while you nibble on cheeses or a nice spinach salad- something with a bit of bitterness or creaminess where you don't want a wine to greatly affect the flavor, but accent it. Available in limited quantities, primarily online, at $20 a bottle!