Lovingston 2012 Petit Manseng Monticello Appellation

PetitManseng2012Face-125x220As the outdoor temperatures increase and our grills start to get more active, the white wine side of the wine rack starts to become more active.  One wine that definitely should be pulled from the rack is Lovingston’s 2012 Petit Manseng.

The grape is grown primarily in the Southwest portion of France (Jurançon,) but has recently drawn interest in California, Virginia and Australia.

First and foremost, don’t be put off by what I call the rotating closure (also known as a screwcap).  This is an excellent closure especially for this varietal.  This fruit forward wine has all the structure and flavor profile of an elegant French gem.

Light amber hue fills the glass for rim to rim.  The tropical nose is filled with bananas, pineapples, peaches and mangos.  The attack is bright with a sharp acidic bite.

The midpalate expands nicely to include more tropical and citrus notes including white grapefruit, nectarine, orange blossom and honeysuckle.  This wine finishes very clean with hints of passion fruit and ginger.

My first pairing for this wine is a deck chair and a sunset but if you are interested in food pairing suggestions include Foie gras, Salty cheeses, Fruit desserts, and Spicy Thai and Indian curries.  I also encourage trying grilled shrimp and seared tofu.

DRINK NOW – Spring 2014

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