The Seattle wine.wooters were having a lovely time together last Saturday, enjoying the hospitality of kittymac and each other’s company, when to our surprise a caped monkey started knocking on the window of our room, making a tremendous racket. When we opened to door to see what was going on, he grinned at us, thrust a package into our hands, and monkey-walked across the patio to the street. Last glimpse I caught of him he had climbed on top of a Metro #2 line bus headed downtown, and he was doing an able job of dodging the live overhead streetcar wires.
Inside the package was a bottle of 2010 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley. The bottle was not refrigerated. We opened the bottle and poured about half of it. I estimate the bottle temp was about 65 °F. We then re-stoppered the bottle and put the remainder in the freezer to provide some cooling before the end of our time together.
The wine was a very pale yellow color, lighter than straw. Good clarity and some legginess. The nose was citrusy. I detected some herbaceousness, but couldn’t identify it. Kittymac suggested green pepper, and that seemed to me like it might fit. On the palate there was some sharpness, but decidedly less than in many sauvignon blancs. After the initial bite some roundedness appeared; the lessened bite and the roundedness made me wonder if there might be some partial MLF. There was also just a touch of a deeper bottom to the wine – not a fruity bottom but more like the pit of a stone fruit. I found the wine OK, but not exciting.
I finished the glass about 20 minutes later. By that time the sharpness had blown off, and the top and middle of the profile had gone totally flat and flabby; just a sense of fruitiness with no zip at all. That darker bottom had become more pronounced, with some distinct (phenolic?) bitterness. If there had been any wine left in my glass I would have poured it out. Until it lost the zip it worked fairly well with some sliced apples and cheese that we had available.
We returned to this wine after our first round of the zin that was provided, followed by a lovely JM dry rosé provided by jimjacks. What a guy!!! By this time the SB had chilled somewhat; I estimated it to be about 50 – 55 °F. The green pepper nose was now unmistakable to me, along with the citrus notes from before. The acidity was still there, perhaps a bit sharper. The green pepper notes carried through to the palate as well; the profile was the citrus and green pepper. The deeper bottom was very much muted. I had to duck out of the meeting to get to a social engagement that evening and I omitted making notes on this pour as it warmed up
The general impression of the group was that this wine smelled better than it tasted.