Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TN: Emergence 2009 White Wine

The Emergence 2009 White Wine just showed up at the local Trader Joe's, so I might even be scooping Jason's Wine Blog with this post. It's a blend of 33% Grenache Blanc, 29% Marsanne, 25% Viognier and 13% Roussanne, which are white Rhone varieties. The producer is Central Coast Wine Warehouse, a wine making facility that hosts winemakers without their own wineries. But they also seem to bottle a good bit of wine on their own judging by the various labels under their name that have shown up at TJ's. As far as I'm concerned, this is their most successful bottling. The only issue is that it's lacking somewhat in flavor concentration, which would be an issue if they were targeting a higher price point. But what really makes this special is that it's aromatically true to type and full bodied. More importantly, it is not flawed in any way: no VA, no spritz, no residual sugar. It's a cheap dry wine that shows typicity, a beast that is rare to glimpse must lest capture. If you want to know what's so intriguing about this style of wine, this is a great starting point for only $7.
  • 2009 Central Coast Wine Warehouse Emergence - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
    Excellent QPR. Floral and peach aromas. Full bodied and viscous on the palate. A bit light on flavor, but has minerality and a slight bitterness on the finish. Seems a little low in acidity. No flaws, drinks really well. At $7, back up the truck!

4 comments:

Jeff said...

You reviewing a 7$ bottle of CA white wine at Trader Joes and not totally ripping on it or being disappointed? I'm going to have to check this one out...

CabFrancoPhile said...

Yep, it has varietal character and no flaws, at for my palate. A definite win at $7. I actually don't recall the last time I had a wine that smells and tastes like it should at this price point.

jje said...

I am in full agreement with this assessment -- it's a damn good wine for the price. And for some reason, one of my local TJ's sells it for $6.99/bottle, and one for $4.99/bottle. Same wine. Guess which store gets my business?

jje said...

I fully agree... it's a damn good wine for the price. For some reason, one of my local TJ's sells it for $6.99, and one for $4.99. Same exact wine. Guess which one gets my business?