Tuesday, September 14, 2010

La Vigna White 2008

There's another semi-local Ohio winery making some very good wine the last two years, La Vigna. 

They currently make two wines, a Proprietary Red and a Proprietary White.  Sunday evening we opened the 2008 vintage of the Proprietary White to go with a Thai shrimp stir fry.  The shrimp dish was spicy with Sambal Oelek, lemon grass, ginger, garlic, bird chilies and fish sauce.  There was also some fresh pineapple in the dish.  The whole thing was wonderfully hot and refreshing and served over rice noodles.

The wine was very good with this dish.  It may be called Proprietary White, but it is 100% Petit Manseng and it was finished with some residual sugar.  Pineapple, melon, citrus were foremost in the nose, but after several sniffs and swirls and a dash to the spice cabinet I decided there was a suggestion of saffron in this wine.  It wasn't overwhelming, but there was that dry, slightly musky saffron aroma.  Full flavor of pineapple and sweet melon and a good dose of acid made for a nice compliment to the shrimp.  The residual sugar helped dispel the heat from the double dose of chilies.   A very interesting wine.  Also interesting that when I tasted the 2009 version this past May it was made in a much drier style.  13.9% alcohol and $20. 


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