Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A High Flyer

"In pursuit of the finest vineyards...exceptional wines, produced by the perfect alignment of vineyards and climate" is the philosophy behind the Highflyer wines.  They produce their wines exclusively from fruit grown on small family owned vineyards throughout California.

Highflyer produces a Viognier, Syrah, Centerline which is a red blend, Pinot Noir and a Grenache Blanc.  For this post we are going to talk about the 2010 Highflyer Grenache Blanc.

The Grenache Blanc used to produce this wine is grown at Somerston Vineyards on the eastern hills of Napa Valley.  It is selected from a 2.7 acre block planted at 1100 feet with rocky soil.There were 29 barrels produced of this wine.

I really liked the aromas that were coming from the glass of this Grenache Blanc. Layers of white flowers, stone fruit and lime on the end puts you in an exciting mood.

The palate showed lots of minerality.  Bright layers of peach, nectarine and finishing off with notes of lime. The wine was smooth and had a great mouth feel.

I paired this wine with Curried Cauliflower Soup.  The recipe is below.

Curried Cauliflower Soup
1 tbs vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 tbs minced ginger
2 parsnips chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cumin seed
1 tbs curry powder
2 cups veggie broth
1 cup water
3 cups cauliflower florets
salt to taste

Saute onions, ginger, garlic and cumin seed until soft.  Add curry powder and stir until absorbed.  Add broth and water and bring to a boil.  Add cauliflower, parsnips and salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer covered, 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.  Remove from heat.

Working in batches, put soup in blender or food processor and process until smooth.  Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I received this wine as a PR sample.



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