Thursday, November 12, 2009

CMS White 2007 by Hedges, Columbia Valley, Washington State - $14.50

I think this has been my favorite Thursday night wine tasting at Royal Blue! The wine importer, April Collins from Vintage Wine Marketing, was really passionate and knowledgeable, and I really enjoyed talking with her and learning from her.

This line, whether red or white, has the same name - CMS. For the white blend, CMS stands for Chardonnay, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc, and the reason that the wines aren't listed on the front label in the usual order of highest percentage to lowest percentage of varietal is that the winemaker always uses the same initials in the same order.

This white is a blend of 62% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% unoaked Chardonnay, and just 3% Marsanne. I could really smell the SB - in fact, the aroma was overwhelmingly SB. I could taste a little of the Chardonnay, but it wasn't heavy and overpowering like the Chards I don't prefer.

Aroma - light, citrus, very reminiscent of my favorite SBs
Taste - light, but with some body, faintly reminiscent of Chardonnay

April gave me a few more tips about this wine and wine in general. She said that Marsanne usually emits aromas of Fruit Loops, and that it tends to lend a slightly oily mouthfeel to wine. It's usually used as a blending grape in small percentages, and thus is not usually listed on the bottle so most folks don't actually know when they are drinking a wine that includes Marsanne.

She also mentioned that the Hedges family produces this particular line of wines at a price point under $15 - awesome! Wine Enthusiast rated this wine 88 points.

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