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2008 Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc

January 1, 2011 - Norman Bentley

We are back from our Christmas holiday at our little cottage by the sea in Matlacha, Florida, just in time to wish each and every one of you a . . .

Happy New Year!

I promised you a fishing and wine report from our trip, and here it is. The fishing was poor, but the wine was great! We have a cousin who is an outdoorsman, and he had bagged a few pheasants on a recent hunting trip. Much to our pleasant surprise, we were treated to a fabulous pheasant dinner!

The wine we enjoyed with this dinner was the 2008 Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc from Sonoma County, California. Year after year this is a wonderful bottle of wine, and a great choice for pheasant. The nose is aromatic with suggestions of apple and citrus, which continues into a crisp and clean finish, backed by the orange and lemon zest citrus notes at the end.

Robert Parker scored this an 87, and "The Wine Spectator" gave it an 88, with the comment, "Intense smoke and honeysuckle aromatics mingle well together, leading to a crisp and refreshing lemon, tangerine and yellow apple flavors on a medium body, with good acidity." This wine would pair as well with seafood as it did with the fowl, and I would also suggest it with steamed mussles or clams. Norm's score is a 90.

Price - $14 - $18

Score - 90



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