Thursday, April 1, 2010

What to Pair with Air?

Lately I’ve been gravitating towards wines with a more delicate body and recently I received a sample that goes beyond belief in delivering an airy unfettered lightness. The 100% organic Trefethen 2009 Fallow Estate from Napa County is a text book example of the relentless pursuit of folly. Or in this case fallow. Fallow Grapes.

Harvested from Trefethens fallow ground vineyard, the 2009 Fallow has minimal handling. Very minimal. It’s unsullied without the use additives, and no barrel aging. No aging at all actually. It’s the Dorian Gray of wines—it will be forever fresh and young.

On the nose this wine is elusive. The scent can take you anywhere the wind blows. On the palate it’s equally light and dry, so dry that if this wine were a comic it would be Jack Benny, or perhaps David Letterman.

I suggest you try this wine on its own without food, since anything you eat with it may overpower its wispy nature. So put on some music, I think the Hollies “All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe” is the perfect match and grab a good book --I recommend The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera-- and enjoy a glass of Trefethen Fallow preferably on April Fool’s Day.

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