Kiamie Wine Cellars 2006 Paso Robles Kiamie White Kuvée
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The San Francisco Chronicle ranked this wine in the Top 15 wines tasted in the White Rhone varietal category. 57 wines were tasted in the category that includes Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. HotCosts has a small allocation of their final inventory available for sale this week only.
Made of 65 percent Roussanne (roo-sahn) and 35 percent Viognier (vee-ohn-yay), the grapes came from the Derby Vineyard, formerly the Rosette Vineyard, in Westside Paso Robles. The vineyard is located on Live Oak Road in west Paso Robles in what is referred to as the Templeton Gap. The property is about 10-15 miles inland from the Pacific, and cool air flowing through the breaks in the Santa Lucias combined with altitudes ranging from 900 to 1050 feet put this vineyard into the upper echelon of premium viticulture. The vineyard was planted in 1998 to Rhone varieties including Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne, Counoise, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah.
This wine was tasted in January, 2008 by San Francisco Chronicle staff. The review says "This wine has an almost candied nose of honeydew, papaya and ripe pear with underlying golden apple. Nicely crafted, there's a perception of sweetness with a vanilla hint balanced by tangy acidity."
The winery's suggested pairing this white blend with Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Artichoke Soup.
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|Blend||65 percent Roussanne and 35 percent Viognier|
|Appelation||Paso Robles Westside AVA Derby Vineyard|
|Harvest Dates||Through-out October, 2005|
|Sugar at Harvest||24.X degrees Brix|
|Fermentation||About 7 days with 2 punchdowns/day|
|Alcohol||14.75% by volume|
|Acidity||PH = 3.65, TA = 0.67|
The vineyard used in this blend is from Westside Paso Robles, a region well-known for its calcareous soils which are more closely akin to the premium winegrowing areas of Europe than those commonly found in California. Produced entirely from small-lot fermentations.
This wine exhibits a beautiful, golden hue. On the nose are expressions of white peach, beeswax and sweet vanilla bean. The palate is full and viscous giving the impression of sweetness, while remaining bone dry.