Pancake Cellars – Big Day White 2012

What an interesting name to choose – Pancake Cellars.  And that label!  The giant anthropomorphized flapjack* hearkens back to the over-the-top marketing of the 1950’s when icons like the Jolly Green Giant and Kool-Aid Pitcher Man (later to become Kool-Aid Man) roamed our billboards and TVs.  I appreciate very much that some winemakers – especially those who are working at less expensive price points – recognize many folks want to have fun and drink wine at the same time.  Let’s face it; anyone who is purchasing a white blend at this price is not expecting to have a religious experience when they sip it.  This is not the wine of formal dining rooms with crystal goblets, white table linens, and utensils laid out in a tightly-regimented pattern around dinner plates.  Thanks primarily to the humorous label, I was definitely of a mind to have a good time when I opened this bottle.

Winemaker:   Pancake Cellars
Wine: Big Day White
Varietal:  White Blend
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Paso Robles, CA
Price: $5.99 at Trader Joes

Notes:  According to the label this California white was made from 37% Chardonnay, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Vioigier, 15% Pinot Blanc, and 10% Muscat Canelli.  As I poured this inexpensive blend into my glass, it’s color was a pretty, light lemon.  On the nose I caught whiffs of peach, melon and citrus.  Acidity was good, pricking the tongue lightly to give it a sense of gentle effervescence.  It was light-bodied with a slightly viscous mouth feel, and alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I tasted peach, melon, citrus, some honey, and a bitter note on the finish which was reminiscent of citrus zest.  Unfortunately, that final note lingered sufficiently that it began to overwhelm the rest of the flavors as I sipped.  So the overall experience became mostly bitter rather than balanced between the zip of the finish and the fruit at the fore.  If you are looking for an inexpensive white with a zing in it’s step, this could be your blend.

* Or is that a grape?  Considering the shape and coloring, it could be either.  Maybe that’s by design. 

4 thoughts on “Pancake Cellars – Big Day White 2012

  1. I did like this wine quite a bit, and for the price, it would easily beat a $20 California concoctions – but I will not name names… Don’t judge the wine by the price – for the universal truth, try a few wines in the blind format…

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