2009 Bouké White
New York State
An exquisitely crisp, aromatic, stainless steel fermented blend of Chardonnay (41%), Gewurztraminer (21%), Pinot Gris (20%) and Sauvignon Blanc (18%). Alcohol by volume: 12.5%. Closure: screwcap.
With its pale straw color, this fresh and lively wine offers delightful and complex aromas of apple, pear, citrus, pineapple and spice. Crisp, round and well balance, Bouké White has a strong finish bursting with exciting flavors.
The 2009 growing season was cooler and rainier than in 2008, which affected brix and acidity levels. However, the challenging weather did not affect white grapes as it did the red grapes, because they were harvested sooner. Our white grapes were harvested in October 2009.
Our Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc came from the North Fork of Long Island, and our Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris came from a top grower in the Finger Lakes.
Each wine was made separately before blending. To extract more flavor, some of the grapes were partially crushed and de-stemmed. Gentle whole cluster pressing of the Chardonnay grapes preserved the integrity of the fruit and avoided extraction of polyphenols. Following brief skin contact, the juices were allowed to settle 48-72 hours to avoid astringency. Cool (66° F) fermentation preserved the wines’ fresh aromas, and a light fining with bentonite was used to ensure stability. Then, the wines were creatively blended and filtered before bottling to prevent malolactic fermentation and enhance brightness. Ph: 3.18 TA: 7.13 RS: <0.1%.
Delicious with Mediterranean, Cajun, Chinese, Thai, Indian or Moroccan cuisine. 25 great ideas:
Fresh goat cheese (Chabichou du Poitou, Purple Haze, Garroxta), Green, Caesar or beet salad, Guacamole, Chilled soup (zucchini, cucumber, spicy carrot, minted pea), Pasta primavera, Goat cheese soufflé, Goat cheese lasagna, Grilled vegetables with lemon and oil dressing, Linguine with clams, Frittata with chipotle sauce, Filet of flounder or sole, Seafood risotto, Chilled lobster, Baked clams, Fish & chips, Tuna or chicken salad, Fried calamari, Fish tacos, Fried chicken, Chicken Satay, Rice balls with cheese, Sushi, California rolls, Fried spring rolls, or Indian curry.
$18.99 / 750 ml