When I think of Spring, I think of flowers in bloom, their sweet scents perfuming the air. I look forward to warm nights, dinners on the patio, and spending time outdoors with my friends. Spring is a time for celebrating! We’ve made it through the Winter and can now head to the parks, Botanical gardens, or even our own patios to enjoy the gorgeous weather and rich canvas of flowers and greenery the season provides.
Another thing that goes hand in hand with Spring is wine — especially those crisp, floral whites and rosés. These can be enjoyed on their own or with the lighter menu items of the season. In my “research” for this post, I tried to find wines with notes from different flowers to sample. I mean, nobody wants to drink all violets when there’s hints of lavender and roses to imbibe, am I right?
I started with a rosé because, as we established last Spring, I’ve become quite a fan of this variety. Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé is a gorgeously fragrant, pale orangeish-pink wine. With lovely hints of white flowers (Lilies?) on the nose, and bursting with tart raspberries and fresh peaches on the palate, it’s like it was made for Springtime in Atlanta!
My next choice was a 2014 Galerie Naissance Sauvignon Blanc. This elegant, beautifully balanced floral “Ode to Spring” white shows tropical notes of orange blossom, pineapples, orange peel, and maybe a touch of grapefruit. With equal parts fruit, weight and minerality, and the crisp-yet-rounded tasting of fresh-squeezed lime with a layering of viscous vanilla, this palate pleaser will make your taste buds sing.
Having sampled a Rosé and a White, I needed to find a Springtime Red, and my search took me to a Brick House Gamay Noir. This almost obscenely delicious biodynamic wine is complex and mysterious with notes of rose petals and heady strawberry perfume dancing up from the glass like a genie from a bottle, delighting your senses before you’ve had your first taste. Then, the clean, intense flavors of exotic spice and incense mingle with the vibrant, fruity essence of cherries, currants and sweet anise, arriving on soft tannins to work their magic on you. To say this wine is divine would diminish the very meaning of divinity!
I decided to end my floral wines study with lavender. I’m practically obsessed with lavender as it is, having a dozen bushes bordering my front garden, so imagine my delight when I discovered Lavender by St Kathryn Cellars! This unique wine is made with 100% Colorado Riesling and infused with organically grown lavender. Visibly lavender-hued in appearance, it has a pronounced floral aroma and a crisp, well-balanced taste – not too dry, and not too sweet. It’s perfect for any drinking occasion!
I hope this post has given you some ideas of your own. What new wines will you try this Spring?