These are the dog days of summer (unless you happen to be on vacation; which, sadly, I'm not). Even many of the wines I've sampled over the past several days seemed tired, depressed, or in a state of bottle-melancholia. Part of this is due to the fact that I live in a state of state-controlled wine (AKA Utah).
Yesterday, I languorously ambled down the Spanish wine aisle in the state wine shop. Ho-hum; more of the same. Fortunately I noticed one new white wine. Picking up the bottle, my fingers registered tiny bumps on the label. Upon further inspection, I realized that the bumps were actually Braille. I clutched the bottle, hoping that the Braille script’s subtlety provided a clue as to what I might find inside. The back label identified the wine as part of Eric Solomon’s Spanish flock. It hails from Penedés, which is Cava country. Other than these clues, I didn’t know quite what to expect.
I took it home, let the wine chill, and wiped sweat from my forehead for the thousandth time this summer.
Eschewing the wine taster’s ritual, I poured a glass, and sipped minus any ocular or olfactory analysis. I then sipped the rest without attaching adjectives to any part of the process. I simply experienced this glass of wine.
Of course, my inner wine evaluator engaged in mutiny. And, upon pouring glass #2, I was forced to pick up paper and pen, and begin to assess the wine.
Gramona “Gessami” ’04 ($13)
- White wine from Spain’s Penedés region
- Made from 35% Muscat of Alexandria (big berry), 30% Muscat de Frontignan (small berry), and 35% Sauvignon Blanc
- Straw yellow in color, a thin, watery rim, and bright appearance
- Citrus orchard in-a-glass. Also scents of blossom and mineral
- In the mouth this wine can only be described as pleasant. Fresh fruit flavors balanced with acidity and an extremely slight hint of sweetness
**** (4 stars out of 5)
This wine will transport you out of summer, shift the time-space continuum, and set you momentarily back in May or early June. Forget the food and just sip.