Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Define a "Rich" White Wine

"A rich, fruity white with flavors of toast, oak, butter, coconut, cream and a whiff of citrus."

These varietals also feature in the page covering "Light" whites.  That's because -as much as we want wine to be simple - there are many variables that make one wine richer than the next.  The grapes here were generally grown in warm climates, which allow for ripe, high sugar fruit and correspondingly more intense flavors. 

Chardonnay from California the quintessential rich white wine, especially Chardonnay from warm vineyards in California and Australia that have spent time in oak barrels (or have been otherwise exposed to oak).  This is where we get flavors of butter, toast, citrus, and cream.  Mmm.  But don't stop with Chardonnay...

My tasting notes for Chenin Blanc are full of descriptions of tropical fruits, pineapple, gardenia, apricot, nutmeg and honey.  I even said kumquat, but that might have been a stretch.  One of our reviews included "Gulpably Delicious."  Have to go find that one again.  Yum.  But don't stop here...

Semillon can be found with a rich, buttery chardonnay-like texture and mouthfeel.  Viognier, a varietal originally from the Rhone Valley but now produced across the United States, also serves up  mineral, melon and tropical fruit flavors.  But keep going...
Sauvignon Blanc, yes, is the stereotypical light white.  But from the warm vineyards of California, Chile, and Australia it's  loaded with a scent of tropical flowers, and flavors of cream and citrus.   SB is a true chameleon.

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