Recommendation: Recommended as a buy.
Winery/Producer: Jed Steele’s, Shooting Star; Kelseyville, California
Grape Variety: Aligote.
Geographic Origin: Washington, United States.
Purchased From: Village Tavern at Reynolda Village; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Pared With: 1st Tasting: Chicken tacos.
2nd Tasting (10/9/2013): Crab soup, French baguette with garlic butter and Cesar salad.
He said: Served chilled. Clear, light straw color. Sweet fruit and floral aromas. Crisp, creamy, a tiny-tiny bit sweet, green apple and pineapple taste with a tangy tart (almost bitter) medium-long finish with hints of mineral. This wine is a sleeper….it just gets better as it warms up. Good taste and a very powerful finish…what more could you ask with this dinner. We had this at a Village Tavern wine paring dinner and said it was the best wine served that night….and it’s holding true. It’s not a memorable wine, but for the price it’s VERY good.
2nd Tasting (10/9/2013): The same as the first tasting, except the bouquet had fairly strong barn-yard aromas mixed in with the sweet fruit and floral.
She said: The wine was much better than the dinner and should not have been paired with it. We love our tacos dinner, but it over whelmed the wine which holds its own through out the dinner but really blossomed when we sipped it alone after dinner. The bouquet will not knock you over as it is light although fruity. The creamy mellow taste follows and is delicious, lasting into a long tasty finish that ends with a nip of tartness. We have had this with tomato pie at the wine pairing dinner and loved it, but look forward to finding other dishes that pair well with it for the remaining three bottles we bought. This dinner did not do it justice, but I recommend it as a very good wine for $11.75.