|On the Chunnel Train, 2005|
|Winey Daughter & Winey Husband on that|
Paris Double Decker bus ride, 2005
So, where is the wine in all of this? It's in a bottle labelled "Double Decker", a line of wines from the Wente Family Estate. (See my article: Choosing Wente Wines). I was fortunate enough to be sent two of the three Double Decker offerings.
The Double Decker Red Blend (2009, 13.5%, California) marries Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Barbera together. It gives off a strong cherry bouquet. It is absolutely luscious in the mouth, with flavors of cocoa, mocha and black cherries. The finish is smooth with some very light oakey tones to it(the only oak used to age it is termed "neutral" oak, so there are no biting tannins).
I am loving red blends more and more. Why not take a lesson from Mother Nature and combine the best of what she gives us? This could be a new favorite red around the Winey household.
Now on to the white side of this double decker tasting. The Double Decker Pinot Grigio (2010, 13%, California) brings the scents of tropical fruit and fresh air to your nose! It tastes of zesty citrus, some tropical fruit and ends in a wash of tart green apples. The feel of this wine is smooth as well - but with a tiny bit of a mineral bite before it rounds out into a softer ending. So full of taste and liveliness. (I had some fun tasting this while making dinner: If you eat a strawberry and then sip it, the tartness of the wine really comes out - almost to where you'd think you were sipping a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. But, if you nibble a blueberry and then sip this wine, the taste mellows a bit and becomes a bit rounder. YUMMY. And yes, that is the technical term.)
The Double Decker winemaker is fifth generation winemaker Karl D. Wente. He may be 5th generation, but he does wonders on a double decker level. These wines sell for under $10 a bottle and I would suggest a case for your next party. Or simply to fill your wine rack up. I'm heading out, on a double decker bus if I can find one here in the suburbs of Cleveland, to find more of them!!
I was sent these wines for sample purposes. Very happy about it, too!
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