Wednesday, August 6, 2008

TWO FRENCH MAIDS

New from Jess Jackson’s new White Rocket Wines comes the Vin de Pays d’OC French Maid Wines. Though there are five varieties in all, I wanted to focus on the Pinot Noir 2007 and the Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (both $9.49 special). These new wines from France are at first, an offering of whimsy, with its kitschy, 60’s style caricature of a sultry brunette in vampy maid attire, yet surprisingly, the fun starts when you open the bottle.

The Sauvignon Blanc 2007 is slightly-yellow hued with an immediate bouquet of juicy citrus and guava fruit, with just a touch of herbs and fresh-cut hay. On the palate, you’re met with immediate lemon and lime flavors, with hints of pineapple, starfruit and mineral. There is clean, crisp acidity throughout, and the finish is lively and long.

The Pinot Noir 2007 has an almost grapey aroma leaping from the glass. It took just seconds after being poured to give off this baked blueberry/fresh grape jam bouquet. There are hints of baking spices and cocoa powder as well. Across the palate, glides mild tannins and more grape and blue berry notes, with pleasing acidity and a long-lasting finish. Light-bodied, this easy-drinker should accompany salmon or a light pork dish.

2 comments:

writegirl said...

Now why is it that when you say something is "grapey," it makes sense. When I say it, my husband laughs at me ...

Cheers,
Shel

k2 said...

Shel,

I can't say. It seemed the only descriptor that worked. Maybe next time you and Kevin are drinking Pinot Noir, slip him some Welch's.

See ya,
K2