to the third session of the 2010 Texas –
Virginia Wine Summit. Thank you for joining us. Today we will hear the
presentation of the independent research conducted by the
representatives of the great states of Virginia and Texas. Today's host
on the Vinotology blog is the representative from the state of Texas,
Ben Simons, and representing the state of Virginia is Joshua Sweeney
from the Wine(Explored) blog. Mr. Simons, you have the floor first for
the presentation of your independent research.
Ben: Thank you Mr. Chairman. Today I am presenting a wine
from the Villa Appalaccia Winery, a producer that produces primarily
Italian Varieties. As a resident of a state who has had some success
with Italian varietals, I was naturally interested to see what the state
of Virginia had to offer in Italian wines. The wine that I have
selected is the 2006 Villa Appalaccia Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio is a
very interesting grape, with varied expressions. Let's see what this
Virginia Pinot Grigio is like.
On the nose of this wine I get some tropical notes and a little bit
of a honeyed nut aroma, with Almonds really standing out. The nose is pleasant, but not especially
distinctive. The flavor of this wine really took me by surprise. I get
some sweetness, with lots of tropical flavors jumping onto the palate.
I especially enjoyed the notes of mango, coconut, and pears. There is
also some sweet honey and vanilla coming through.
I believe the Villa Appalaccia Pinot Grigio is a good representative
for Virginia wine. The tropical flavors and honeyed sweetness make
this a great wine for sipping, but I think it would also go great with
some seafood. The alcohol is in balance with the other elements of the
wine, coming in at 12%. The price of this wine is around $16.
I now yield the floor to the gentleman from Virginia.
Josh: Thank you, Ben. For my researched
wine, I have chosen a red wine, primarily Tempranillo, from Alamosa Wine
Cellars: the 2004 Alamosa El Guapo. El Guapo means "The Handsome One"
in Spanish, and was in fact the villain in the movie Three Amigos. Fun
fact for you there. The breakdown of this wine is 89% Tempranillo, 6%
Monastrel, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
the High Valley of Texas. They have elected to grow only warm-climate
varietals, meaning their grape selection comes from Spain, Italy, and
the Rhone Valley of France. While my white wine interests typically
involve the varitals that thrive in a cooler, drier climate, my taste in
reds has always been for the Mediterranean fare. Texas seems well
suited to these particular grapes.
translucency — not a bit of inkiness to this wine. It was almost
colored like a Pinot Noir. It suggested a very full, smooth texture.
There was a considerable amount of sediment in the bottle, but a quick
pass through a filter took care of all of that, no harm, no foul. The
nose of the wine was massive fruit. I got raspberry candy and blueberry
and a considerable amount of dark chocolate. It also smelled syrupy
sweet, very strange given the varietals and even more so the flavor.
you could taste a certain sweetness, the wine was so puckering and dry
it was almost chalky. Crisp would not describe this wine in the
slightest. That's not meant to be a bad thing, mind you. I loved the way
this wine hit my tongue. The flavor of the wine was also very fruity,
with cherries and blueberry prominent from the outset. There was
something like leather on the mid-palate, and the finish was clean,
consisting of a rich, distinct milk chocolate, and rather long. For how
light this wine appeared and smelled, there is a heavy complexity going
on here, but it doesn't make it any less smooth. This wine was as easy
drinking as anything I've ever had.
El Guapo would be a fantastic pairing with a heavy
chocolate dessert or a heavily spiced meat dish. I have to tell ya,
those guys down in Texas know what they're doing with their wines. This
one takes the Mediterranean varietals and gives them a distinct Texas
feel. The 2004 El Guapo retails at $18, though you can get it from the
winery for $16.
Chairman: Thank you gentlemen for your research and for presenting these wines as evidence. We will now recess and will reconvene next week for the presentation of some additional data about your states.