This week, I've drunk some of the soothing and velvety Pinot Noir from Hahn Family Vineyards in California. As I've already reviewed this back in November, there seems little to add except, it's just as smooth and delicious now as it was then with perhaps a bit more obvious strawberry jam.
When placing my order with Naked, I was certainly influenced by the fact that this comes from Lodi in California's Central Valley, and perhaps drinking two Californian wines within a few days indicates my desire to go back to Californian wine country for a while?
My ability to write a decent tasting note is definitely being hampered by my current addiction to Vicks' First Defence - which has almost certainly cost me 50% of the white wine blind tasting score on my recent WSET tasting exam. But stuffy noses and reduced senses of smell aside, this is a very pleasant wine, which cuts through all of that, including the noodle aftertaste to pack a bit of a punch.
Ripe, juicy, fruity flavours brim from the glass and this is balanced by a subtle layer of aromatic, florals. I'm imagining sipping this in the back garden with the sun on my face, a good book in hand, and a liberal coating of SPF30 all over. Would I pick it out as Viognier? Unlikely given that my experience of this grape has mostly been limited to French Condrieu. The irony is that my last taste of the grape was a French Chateau Grillet which could have easily passed for an oaked Californian Chardonnay. Wine, eh?!
As it warms in the glass there's a real sensation of biting into a super-ripe pear. The sticky juice that quirts out and runs down your face is exactly what I taste, and if your senses are in full working order, I'm sure you'll get lots more out of this. Although it's got that juicy feeling along with some citrus flavours, it's pretty low in acidity, making it easy to drink, without reaching for the Gaviscon later. Give it a try. Though you might want to save it till there's not a red weather warning for 20cm of snow!
Diet starts tomorrow...