Monday, November 21, 2011

Winey Tasting Notes: The Naughty Names Series: Hot to Trot

If that isn't a phrase straight out of my 1970's childhood: hot to trot! For some reason all those old 70's sitcoms are flashing through my brain right now ("One Day At A Time", anyone?). Anyway, on to the wine.

"Hot to Trot" really doesn't refer to someone who's got a certain sort of reputation. It actually refers to the wild mustangs who used to trot around the hills of eastern Washington State. It's produced by 14 Hands Winery - which, in turn,refers to the height of these little horses (yup, 14 hands high). But when I saw the name, my mind went the other way, so it ends up here in my Naughty Wine Names Series.

As you may have guessed by the above horse lesson, this is a Washington State wine. Actually, it's another winning white blend. (I am REALLY starting to like those blends!) The 2010 Hot to Trot White Blend (13% alcohol, $9.99) combines Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Viognier. The grapes are all harvested from different vineyards throughout the state, giving them some depth due to all that different soil.

The nose on Hot to Trot was big and strong! I could smell it all the way across the room after opening the bottle and then running to the cabinet to get my wine glass (note to self: need to work on  timing and/or routine a bit more).

What was my nose detecting? Flowers, lemon, lime and sunshine (yes, it does have a smell, at least to my winey little nose). The wine was a very pale gold color and tasted of melon and citrus and some minerals that made me think of the beach (kind of how a salt water wind tastes in your mouth). The finish was nice and long and juicy.

So you've got an outstanding, medium bodied white blend from a state that continues to impress this winey mom. Let's add something else: how about the awesomely cool artwork on the label by artist Cynthia Sampson? And yes, I am shallow enough to love it when the label on a wine is pretty or cute or funny or insulting (that last category refers to over the hill birthdays, of which my friends and I seem to be celebrating more of recently).
label by Cynthia Sampson


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