Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cairdean Estate Vineyards: White Wines Meant to be Shared with Those Close to Your Heart

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By way of background:  Today we are sampling a flight of white wines from Cairdean Estate Vineyards.  These are relatively limited production wines, ranging from 900 through about 6,000 bottles per label.  They are produced under the watchful eye of proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams.  The "Cairdean" name originates from the Scottish Gaelic word for "friends", and reflects the couple's belief that it is, indeed, those held close to your heart with whom wine is meant to be shared.  Let's explore the wines themselves...


(Review samples were provided by the winery's agent, Balzac Communications & Marketing.)

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Original tasting and review : This is Cairdean Estate Roussanne, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this wine: Stomping across the meadow near the shore - stirring up some hay and earth.

In the glass: Clear with light vanilla and yellow highlights.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy light motor oil.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing a bright upfront citrus fruit, quickly backed by some deeper toned dry grass elements and mineral oil.  Sleek feel in the palate, with a bright finish that crawls up into your cheeks.
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Original tasting and review : This is Cairdean Estate Picpoul Blanc, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, 2014, finished at 13.4% alcohol and first sampled just one year from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this wine: On the beach, enjoying a few fresh fruits we tucked in the cooler.

In the glass: Clear with light yellow.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows light, brilliant tropical fruit salad.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and lively.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact consistent with the nose, but even bigger - shows chopped tropical fruit salad sprinkled with some white pepper. Stays clean and focused through the sip, closing slowly and clean.
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Original tasting and review : This is Cairdean Estate Fume Blanc, Napa Valley, California, 2012, finished at 14.4% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in September, 2015.  Consistent with naming conventions in Napa Valley, this fume blanc is made from 100% sauvignon blanc grapes.

Inspired by this wine: Evening at the county fair, you think you want a cotton-candy, but decide instead on fresh-made lemon gelato.

In the glass: Clear with only a hint of yellow.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft cotton candy notes with light hints of mineral oil.  From the aroma, seems like this will be light but layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing the substantial weight suggested by the nose, with plenty of light oil notes.   But also demonstrates a bright lemon crispness and acidity that you might expect from the sauvignon blanc fruit.
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Original tasting and review : This is Cairdean Estate Riesling, Solano County, California, 2014, finished at 13.1% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this wine: What a fun conversation with friends; we got a bit more serious as the evening moved along.

In the glass: Light, soft yellow.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows solid stone fruits of pear and peach along with pineapple. From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, but brings a few more contemplative elements of clean hay and light hints of pepper to the mix as it settles.  Ends fresh and relatively quickly.
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Original tasting and review : This is Cairdean Estate Gewurztraminer, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2014, finished at 13.8% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in September, 2015.

Inspired by this wine: A bouquet of flowers for my gal, seems like they would taste great too!

In the glass: Clear with brilliant light yellow notes.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows white flowers and peach blossoms.  From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet, tasty and light.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact consistent with the floral aromatics, bringing bright white peach and honeysuckle together on the sip, which is clean and cleansing.  Finishes fast.
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In summary: Overall, this collection of varied white wines from Cairdean Estate Vineyards proves to be an intriguing mix.  Individually, they are each wines that I would come back to for return visits. If you have the opportunity to sample the Cairdean white wine flight at the winery in St. Helena, I'd encourage you to give that a try.  There's no question that California is giving France and Germany a run for their money with white wines of quality and distinction.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Cairdean wines.

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