Friday, October 23, 2009

*** Chez Ray 2005 Late Harvest White Blend - Review

The 2005 Chez Ray Late Harvest Blend consists of Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, late harvested, acquired from Brehm Vineyards from vineyards in the Columbia Gorge area of Washington State (coded 05LHUM and LH57). They were fermented with Cote des Blancs yeast, and aged with a small toasted oak sleeve.

In the glass, this shows as light yellow with gold highlights. Aromas are metallic and oily - you've just stepped into my mechanics garage on a night when he's spinning disco tunes!

On the palate, a bright sweet middle starfruit is the first note. It is followed by acids that drive the sweetness up into your cheeks. The finish comes slowly, slowly, slowly as the acids eventually allow the crisp fruit to fade from your cheeks. Three stars on the Spirit of Wine scale.

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