Channing Daughters Vino Bianco
|Region||United States, New York, North Fork of Long Island|
The 2006 Vino Bianco is particularly exciting. This is a yummy, dry, medium-bodied white wine, light yellow in color. It offers complex, broad and deep aromas with high-toned accents. The 2006 version is made up of 27% Tocai Friulano, 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Pinot Grigio, 19% Chardonnay (Dijon clone 96) and 6% Chardonnay ("Musque" clone). This really is a symphonic white wine that offers layers of texture and flavor. Minerals, citrus fruit, tree fruit, stone fruit and tropical fruit all play off one another. Often we smell and taste tangerines, yellow plums, white peaches, pineapple, juicy dripping pears, hints of vanilla, brown spice, honey and a magical floral quality, almost like acacia blossoms. The wine is clean with beautiful penetrating aromas. There is a soothing, mellow balance of acid, alcohol, ripe fruit and sweet spice. The wine is extremely long and possesses great texture, almost a geometric experience where there are round and angular aspects working together to create great mouthfeel. The fruit was all hand-picked from our home farm in Bridgehampton, the original Mudd Vineyard in Southold, the Smithens Vineyard and the new plantings at Mudd West on the North Fork. Some of the varieties were fermented separately, some were fermented together. Stainless steel tanks, stainless steel barrels, new and older French and Slovenian oak barriques as well as puncheons were all used and the various lots were then selected and blended. This wine displays great versatility at the table and can be paired with lighter fish and shellfish dishes or matched wonderfully with richer pastas, chicken, pork and veal preparations.