Ironstone Vineyards 2001 "Obsession" California Symphony ($7.99)
Very pale straw color with a greenish tinge. Fresh and pleasant fruit aromas blend melon, grapefruit and a hint of peach with light grace notes of herbs and wildflowers, unusually complex for a modest white. Clean and refreshing flavor, with a slight prickliness on the tongue. Off-dry, but its fresh-fruit sweetness is well balanced by cleansing acidity and a distinct, pleasant bitter-almond quality in the finish. Best served fairly cold, as its careful balance of tart, bitter and sweet seems to fall apart somewhat as the wine warms toward room temperature in the glass. Excellent spring or summer aperitif, though, at a very attractive price. US Importer: (Apr 1, 2003)
FOOD MATCH: Good aperitif, and went very well with a Caesar-style salad topped with grilled chicken.
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