It’s not often that a wine makes your taste buds do a double take while your brain leaps forward to grasp what just took place in your mouth.
That’s exactly what happened to me when I tasted Bonny Doon Vineyard’s 2008 Albariño.
On the nose, I picked up citrus blossoms and pleasing delicate green herbs. But this did nothing to prepare me for what happened when I took my first sip – a lime explosion! My eyes widened and I had to pause and let my brain catch up. Then I took another sip, and another. I was hooked.
The wine is crisp and bone-dry but beautifully balanced. The prominent lime flavors are reminiscent of mellow limeade and are followed by a hint of fresh ginger and even a bit of salt.
In an instant, I knew what dish I was going to pair with this wine. I’d just bought the most beautiful asparagus at the farmers’ market and picked up a burrata cheese on my way home. I had planned to serve them together with a drizzle of fruity olive oil.
But now that this seductive Albariño had entered my life, the flavoring of the dish came together in a flash: I would serve the roasted asparagus and burrata with Tahitian Lime Oil and a sorrel chiffonade. I ran to my herb garden to pluck my sorrel and immediately got to work. Within 30 minutes, my husband, Marc, and I were tasting the dish while sipping the wine that had inspired it.
A perfect marriage of flavors! The crispness of the wine cut through the richness of the creamy burrata, while enhancing the mellow lime tones of the infused olive oil. The sorrel on the other hand complemented the green herb quality that I’d picked up on the nose while adding a bit of crispness and another layer of lemony flavor to the dish. And the roasted asparagus were thrilled to have this bone-dry wine to tussle with.
I can only echo here Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard’s winemaker, who has so often said, “Resistance is futile.”
Varietal Blend: 75% Albariño, 21% Loureiro, 4% Treixadura
Vineyard: Ca’ del Solo
Appellation: Monterey County
Alcohol by Volume: 12.8%
Bonny Doon Vineyard
The winery has just released the 2009 Ca’ Del Solo Albariño. A slightly different blend which promises to be equally exciting.
Bon appétit and cin-cin!
Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.