While the winter weather can push some members to exclude the white side of their wine cellar, I find the occasional “summer” wine selection can warm the heart. In addition, such wines tend to transport me to a warmer place and time, perhaps even including sand between the toes. I strongly encourage you to sprinkle a few white wines into your rotation this winter.
Barren Ridge’s Tinkling Springs certainly belongs on the table year round. Blending Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Traminette and Riesling, this is a complex wine with layers of tropical tones throughout. Assistant Winemaker Amandine Fabre told The Richmond Times Dispatch, “The 2009 Tinkling Spring is a powerful blend with complexity and just the right balance of richness and focus”.
The wine presents in the glass with a light straw color. The nose reminds of bite of a freshly picked green apple. The crisp attack has nice acidic balance without being sharp. Lemon grass tones lead to a midpalate that widens to provide granny smith apple as well as pink grapefruit undertones. The bright, clean slightly citrusy finish lingers ever so slightly.
While this is a great “summer” wine, the bright fruit and cooling influences of the blend makes this a versatile pairing wine. I suggest serving chilled (45°F) with a nice bowl of roasted red pepper soup, a big green salad, or roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes.
DRINK NOW – DECEMBER 2012