second night: it's fruity, mellow, the acidity just isn't there. this is definitely a wine that needs to sit, and that'll hold out for a night or two.
this bin 3131 vintner's pride from the north fork of long island was a blend of gewurtztraminer and sauvignon blanc grapes, and it came in at 13.5 percent alcohol. my dad said the aroma is absolutely incredible (he said that's likely due to the gewurtztraminer) and that it's better than many ice wines he's had before. my mom enjoyed it, saying it's good. greg and i both liked it. i thought it had that slight syrupy quality that ice wines tend to have in that it has a bit if a thicker consistency. it also went well with the apple pastry puffs.
i know this isn't a wine we can get here in evansville, but if you have a chance to experience it, don't miss it.
but sitting across the table from me was greg, who had the opposite reaction. to him, the sweetness of this lapis luna zin was the perfect match to the pork. he didn't mind how light this wine was, the paler reddish color it cast off in our glasses, or the way it lacked the type of earthy goodness i've started to really appreciate in the zins we've had in the past. maybe i've had too many rosenblum zins; maybe i've started to equate the lusciousness of that company's higher-priced wines to the way i think red zinfandel really should be.
but here's the thing: we've had two other lapis lunas, and both were sweet. given, they were both cabernet sauvignon -- so we're dealing with a different grape here -- but i think there might be something about the way that company grows and processes its grapes that impacts the way their resulting wine comes off in the glass. 14.1 percent alcohol.