Winter Whites Eliminate Winter Blues

As you may imagine, I’m not talking about snow or a towel/bedding sale here. I recently took advantage of Black Stallion Winery‘s Winter White Sale: a bottle of their 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and North Coast Pinot Grigio. The easiest way to keep track of Black Stallion’s periodic specials is to join their e-mail list or wine club. These 2 bottles normally total over $50 especially when you include shipping but I was able to buy them for half the cost. And this is supremely unique estate wine from a part of Napa Valley that isn’t always available in smaller bottle shops…particularly here on the East Coast. I got the following flavor experiences from each:

2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This delightfully golden wine has fresh peach nectar on the nose which carries right through to the palate. Sweet at the first sip and then a citrusy kick all the way to the finish. A simple minerality frames bracing traces of lemon and lime which make it perfect with lightly seasoned seafood as well as lighter cheeses like Gouda and goat.

North Coast Pinot Grigio

This easy sipping varietal has hints of peachy nectar with a light even clean melon on the palate. You’ll also detect delicate aromas of almond, citrus blossom, and pear that follow through to a balanced palate with a long finish. These even flavors from sip to swallow make it excellent with salads lightly dressed in extra virgin olive oils along with fruity balsamic infusions.

Photos courtesy of Black Stallion Winery

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