Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bastille Day In Beverly Hills
The Roussanne in question is from Vampire Vineyards. Their Roussanne provided a nice break from a rather hot afternoon in Beverly Hills. The Vampire Vineyards tasting room is on Little Santa Monica Boulevard, right across from the Peninsula Hotel.
The nose has notes of tangerine, almond and oak spice. The oak makes quite a prominent play in this wine. On the palate, tangerines, peel and all, dominate the flavors. Some blues on the sound system provided an American twist to the moment.
I settled back into the plush couch with a Pascal Jolivet 2010 Sancerre, from the Loire Valley. Soils of clay, limestone and flint result in a mineral-driven nose of rocks, apples and pears. The palate is vibrant and fresh. Fruit in the form of golden apples and lemon rind are plain enough, but the minerality is in the driver's seat. The wine is vinified in stainless steel, but picks up complexity during the four to six weeks it sits on its lees. Sinatra and cool jazz waft from the ceiling while I enjoy my own private Bastille Day.