Big House White 2011

It seems of late that the American market is becoming more interested in blends.  Or maybe it’s just the stores I frequent.  At any rate, I saw this selection on my local supermarket’s shelves and thought I would give it a try.

Vineyard: Big House Wines
Varietal: White Wine (blend)
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: California
Price: $8.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:   Big House Wines out of Livermore, CA brings us a blend that is quite a mash-up of grape varietals – many among the lesser known or lesser seen – including Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Orange Muscat, Marsanne, and Muscat Canelli.  Even with the Muscats, Big House has made a dry white at 13% alcohol.  I found it to be quite pleasing with flavors of pear and green apple, some hints of warm spices, a splash of  lime as it moved across the tongue, ending with some grass and honeysuckle on the finish.  It’s fairly light-bodied but surprisingly viscous on the palate.  At $9, why not serve it at a relaxed get-together with friends?  If nothing else, it’ll definitely be a conversation starter.  And I bet it will be enjoyed by anyone who can move past their loyalty to a particular varietal.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  Please see “About” for my full disclaimer.

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