People sometimes tell me that I’m crazy when I smell "non-grape" things in a wine. This wine is for them…if only because it is a perfect example of non-grape aroma.
In fact, I could have titled this post "Wanna Experience Peach in a Wine?" or something of that ilk.
Personally, I didn’t care for this wine much, but it’s an excellent example of the wonder of wine grapes.
Theresa Dilworth, co-owner and head winemaker of Comtesse Therese, made 127 cases of her Comtesse Therese 2005 Blanc de Noir ($18).
First, don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not a sparkler. My guess is she used this usually-reserved-for-bubbly name because she also produces another rose that is named simply rose. It’s a little confusing, but not overly so.
Made in a dry style from merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes, the nose is dominated by sweet, floral peach aromas. The peach is a little overwhelming actually, with only a little berry scent beneath that is barely recognizable as raspberry.
It’s medium bodied and—again—very peachy with floral/perfume flavors and only a little bit of berry beneath.
For my money, you’re better off waiting for her next standard rose release, which is always one of my strawberry-tinged favorites.