Thinking Warm With A Summery Vouvray

I was one of those fortunate people who didn’t have to work between Christmas and New Year’s because my office was closed. I spent the week catching up on chores around the condo, scrapbooking photos that are years old, and trying to stay warm in the uncharacteristically frigid DC weather. In an effort to “think warm,” I decided to open one of my favorite types of summer wine—a Vouvray.

The 2007 Charles Bove Vouvray (snooth) was 100% Chenin Blanc grapes with a nice, lemon color. On the nose, there were luscious fruit aromas—mostly nectarines, grapefruits, and pineapples with a touch of something floral. In the mouth, there were nectarines and pineapples, followed by surprisingly tart granny smith apples on the finish. The wine was very soft in the mouth, with a touch of oiliness, although the acidity kept the wine tasting fresh.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $18, this is the type of wine that is fun to just sit and relax with, as its velvety smoothness is perfect for rolling around your tongue. Admittedly, just drinking my summer wine didn’t make me feel any warmer, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the Vouvray. The wine tasted like drinking a lightly sweetened fruit salad, but avoiding being too heavy because of a bright tartness that caused mouth puckering right on the finish. It would pair nicely with a salad or seafood, although, admittedly, I enjoyed most of the bottle all it on its own.

Overall 3.5 Corks

Happy 2010!! Cheers!!

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