Falling For The Alluring Ondine

2004 Oriel Ondine Sauternes

Friday was a fairly quiet day at work.  I had a few meetings, but, for the most part, I was able to spend the day reading emails, returning phone calls, and just generally catching up on the work that I put aside over the last two crazy weeks.  For as unusually quiet as my workday was, my night at home was even quieter, as Hubby went on an overnight trip to Atlantic City with some of his guy friends.  Therefore, on my way home, I stopped by Harris Teeter to grab dinner for myself and the local wine store to buy a bottle that I thought would be perfect for a quiet night with a good book and a girlie movie.

The 2004 Oriel Ondine Sauternes (company, snooth) was 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc grapes and had a beautiful, dark gold color.  On the nose, there were lemon, smoke, caramel, and honey aromas, followed by a touch of pink grapefruit, apricots, and hand-wipes.  In the mouth, there were canned mandarin oranges, apricots, lemons, and a touch of burnt caramel.  The wine had a voluptuously full body with nice acidity to keep it tasting fresh.

Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one!  What are you waiting for? At $30 for 375 ml, the Oriel Ondine was a luscious dessert wine that lives up to the stories of the mythological water nymph that it’s named after.  While I drank most of the wine on its own, it paired nicely with the fried chicken breast I had for dinner, as the sweetness balanced out the grease and salt in the chicken.  As someone who generally drinks regular wines instead of dessert wines, the Oriel Ondine was a nice break in routine and definitely a wine that I would buy again.

Overall: 4.5 Corks


  1. says

    As I was reading this, I kept hoping that you were going to pair it with Fois Gras or some Lobster decadently poached in butter. I never would have consider fried chicken as a pairing, but it makes so much sense, good call.

  2. says

    RR–I’m flattered that you think I’m the classy fois gras and poached lobster type. It’s definitely worth buying a Sauternes and slumming with fried chicken. It adds a whole new perspective to dessert wines!

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