Friday, November 20, 2009

*** $$ Kana Katie Mae White Rhone Blend, 2004, Yakima Valley, WA - Wine Review and Rating

This tasting was conducted at Eno, a wine and cheese and chocolate tasting restaurant that is based in about half-a-dozen locations across North America. The concept is fairly unique: you build your own pairings of wine, cheese and/or chocolate tastings from a wide assortment. In the case of wines, some 300 to 500 labels are said to be available at different times. In this case, we tasted on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago IL, and focused on a combination of bold wines that were said to be excellent pairings with sturdy hard cheeses.

By way of background:
Kana Katie Mae is a white wine made from Rhone-style varietals riesling and pinot gris grown in the Yakima Valley of Washington state. We were tasting the 2004 vintage, which already had a couple years of bottle age.

In the glass: Katie Mae showed as a dusty yellow.

On the nose: A slight bit of cat pee up front, followed by butter and butterscotch aromas and a touch of light funk.

On the palate: The palate came across as deep and even at first, with a slighly slick, motor oil element coming through as well.

And the finish: Finish was hearty and lengthy.

In summary: Overall, I would return to Katie Mae, earning it three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Find Kana Katie Mae at WineZap.

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