Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Evolution White, 11th Edition

My first "Yanqui" wine of the month is a white from Oregon. Oregon is a rather unusual place to start given the limited production and even smaller export sales - Oregon's 300+ wineries produce just 1.6 million cases of wine each year, and just 24% of that leaves the country. It is interesting to note, however, that Canada accounts for nearly half of those exports (two thirds of it being Pinot Noir). I will confess that if I am looking for an Oregon wine, it is always a Pinot.

While you might think it was the catchy "Evolution" name and label that caught my eye, it was actually an in-store tasting that got me interested. An inexplicable blend of nine grapes (Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, Semillon, Gewurtz, Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay), I would never have bought if I hadn't tasted it first.

The Evolution White, 11th Edition (Evolution is produced by the Sokol Blosser Winery) is white gold and very aromatic - the Alsace/Germanic grapes showing their stuff, I suppose. Starting with a powerful dose of white flowers, these were supported by oak, toasty bread, lemon and subtle peach aromas. On the palate this wine was very lemony, with a nice bitter persistency. Slightly effervescent as well. Opened for an evening of takeout Chinese food (Hot & Spicy), the wine paired very nicely with the Shrimp Toast (#26) and Hunan Dumplings (#20), pretty well alongside the Chicken with Crispy Spinach (#39), but paired rather poorly with the Lemon Chicken (#50) and Beef with Broccoli (#61). Nicely done.
12% alcohol
Score: 16/20
Price: C$21 (SAQ)


Edward said...

Always a worry when you can remember the menu items by their exact number ;-)

Joe said...

As I sipped the wine I noticed how different it was with each dish, so I took notes...:)

Andrew said...

sounds intriguing - although I wonder if they are squeezing in too much! Would love the op to try though.

Joe said...

Hi Andrew. The marketing guys have Luck? Intention? to keep you guessing if this wine is made from the leftovers or if it is deliberate. A fun wine, and interesting to ponder while trying to find all nine grapes! And decently made as well.
By the way, I love your blog and have linked you up. Cheers!

Andrew said...

nice to know! ta, chap