Two from Minna Vineyard
I have been working flat out behind the scenes on Winedoctor since coming back from the Loire Valley in June, and I haven’t had much time to post anything on the Winedr blog during that time. This is despite having tasted some great sherries over the past month or two (I think I was up to Number 18 in my informal Exploring Sherry series), and various other interesting wines have come my way during this time.
Two attractive wines I have tasted include this pair, from Minna Vineyards.
Minna Vineyard Blanc (IGP Bouches du Rhône) 2013: A blend of Vermentino, Roussanne and Marsanne, this has a fresh straw-coloured hue. The aromatics are reductive in style, pure with a flinty and matchsticky frame, all smoke and knapped minerals, with a smattering of gunpowder or cordite. The palate allows these elements to express themselves, especially through the middle, intertwined with flavours of preserved lemon and bitter peach-skin fruit, wrapped up within a supple, faintly glycerol-tinged texture. It has composure, a nicely bitter confidence, fresh energy and acidity, with a linerging grip to the finish. A really quite charming style, convincing, and I love the reductive elements that run through it. This is certainly one of the best whites I have tasted from Minna Vineyard. 17/20 (August 2017)
Minna Vineyard Rouge (IGP Bouches du Rhône) 2012: A blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre, this has a rich, dark, cherry red in the glass. A charming and modern style, showing roasted cherry and blackberry fruit and sweet oak, laced with black pepper, bay leaf and garrigue herbs. The palate is firmer, more upright and taut than I expected, defined by a central spear of medium-grained tannins and very correct acidity, the fruit on the nose having suggested the palate may be a little more plush than this. Dried blackberry, dried cherry and cherry pit, with a bright peppery edge, and a rather steely finish, the structure dominating here. Overall, this is an attractive wine with some potential for the cellar. 16/20 (August 2017)
Disclosure: These wines were free samples.