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DESPERATE OENOPHILES

Longoria 2007 Chardonnay, Cuvee Diana, Santa Rita Hills

Longoria 2007 Chardonnay, Cuvee Diana

One of Risqué’s favorite DVR recorded TV Series is Desperate Housewives.  When he ran across the bottle of Longoria Chardonnay, a bewildered excitement grew on his face as he couldn’t help but wonder, “Could Eva (Gabrielle) be making wine?”, as he heard she often visit’s wine bars in Santa Barbara County.  Soon visions of Wisteria Lane impaled Risqué’s mind as he closed his eyes and imagined perfectly manicured lawns, rows of comfortable houses, white picket fences and himself becoming Bob Hunter’s new boyfriend, while sitting on the porch sipping the 2007 Chardonnay with Gabrielle, Lynette, Bree, Susan and Edie… in Risqué’s favorite Spiegelau wine glasses of course!

The Chardonnay’s scent is similar to what Risqué imagines the scents to be found on Wisteria Lane… with wafts of Citrus Blossom and fresh Peach curtailed with a hint of Minerality.  The lively flavor is filled with Lemony Snickerdoodles, Floral Apples and a long finish of Honey Oak on the backside revealing subtle Pineapple acidity and lavish texture.

Risqué feels the Chardonnay makes a fabulous pairing with any white fish or organic grilled chicken dressed with a light lemon pepper sauce.  Longoria Wines also suggests pairing with sautéed Oysters.  Delish!!!

The Cuvee Diana is comprised of Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard grapes and the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard where the “Rancho Santa Rosa grapes were harvested during the first week of October at fairly ripe sugar levels while the Sanford & Benedict grapes were harvested during the third week of October at moderate sugar levels. Both grape lots were whole cluster pressed, then settled and fermented in French oak barrels. Barrel aging took place in the same barrels for ten months on the original lees, or sediment… approximately 30% of the barrels were new”.   Risqué … and winemaker Rick Longoria believe that this practice creates a certain essence and richness to the wine.

Risqué applauds winemaker, Rick Longoria for taking him down Wisteria Lane and creating this wonderful 100% Chardonnay, but saddened that he only made 119 cases… making Risqué a Desperate Oenophile!!!!

14.5% Alcohol ($28) Screw Top

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Posted: January 6th, 2010
at 10:48pm by Risqué

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