Barren Ridge Vineyards 2009 Tinkling Springs

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.


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