Clif – The Climber Sauvignon Blanc Blend

Clif – The Climber Sauvignon Blanc BlendThis is an intriguing wine.  It’s classified as a Sauvignon Blanc, and at 80% of the blend, that is technically accurate.  But Clif’s winemakers, Sarah Gott and Bruce Regalia blend in 4 additional varietals to make a wine that offers layers, complexity, and distinction.  Those expecting predictable sauvignon blanc characteristics won’t be disappointed, but The Climber offers some not-so-predictable characteristics that distinguish this wine from others in it’s category.
CheapWineRatings.com had fantastic things to say about the 2008 Climber Sauvignon Blanc, but Clif has adjusted the blend from last year.   First the percentage of SB has been reduced down from 88%, and pinot gris replaces chardonnay, while pinot munier replaces chenin blanc.  Riesling and Muscat wait in the blend, but their percentages have been adjusted to 5% and 1% correspondingly.   What’s notable is the percentage of pinot gris used in the 2009 vintage – 13%.
We’re not quite sure if Clif will adjust this blend again next year, but we assume they plot on tuning it for each vintage.  What we do know is that this is the second vintage of The Climber colorless we’ve tasted and reviewed, and we continue to be impressed with Clif’s execution of this wine.  It’s also vital to mention that Clif claims to source grapes from “sustainable or organic vineyards”.  While that’s not necessarily a guarantee that the wines are organic, I’ll assume that factors in to how the blend shapes up. Read more

Valdo Nerello Mascalese Brut Rosé

Valdo Nerello Mascalese Brut RoséAlthough the mark of this wine says that it’s a nerello mascalese, that’s not the only grape that’s in here.  There’s also prosecco in this wine and I really reckon of it as a rosé prosecco because nerello mascalese is primarily used for affect.  The nerello mascalese grapes in this wine come from Sambuca, Sicily while the prosecco comes from the Veneto province in northern Italy.
To be trustworthy, I don’t taste a lot of rosé wines.  It’s not that I’m too manly to drink pink, in fact I really like a excellent rosé each now and then.  It’s just that there are so many options when it comes to wine that rosé often doesn’t make it to the top of that list.  But subdue, I was excited to try this wine. Read more