Kiamie Wine Cellars - 2006 White Kuvée

The last wine I'm looking at from Kiamie WIne Cellars is their White Kuvée. This wine is the only White currently in their portfolio. The reputation that Paso Robles has made as a wine-producing region is largely predicated on their reds. However, more and more, there are some noteworthy whites emerging from this region too. Whether it's the quartet of distinct Chardonnays produced by Carmody Mcknight, the lovely Viognier being crafted year after year by Victor Hugo or the host of Rhone vKiamiearietals being produced by Garretson Wine Company, Paso Robles is more of a player when it comes to excellent whites than I think the average consumer has been led to believe. The Kiamie White Kuvée is 64% Roussanne and 35% Viognier. Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Derby Vineyard. A mere 250 cases of this blend were produced and the suggested retail price is $24.

Citrus fruits, white peach, vanilla and a soft almond note fill the nose of the White Kuvée. This wine has a round, smooth mouth feel. It's full in the mid-palate with mango notes and clings to he back of the throat a little like honey does. Lemon Zest, mineral notes and nutmeg spice are featured in the long, lingering finish. This wine is balance with nice acidity and will match up very well with a wide array of light summer fare. It drinks well on it's own as well.

With the White Kuvée, I must say that Kiamie Wine Cellars is three for three in solid and enjoyable wines. This blend in particular is well layered with good complexity. It should drink well through 2009. As with the other 2 wines it's impressive what they've done with their debut releases. I look forward to watching where they go next.

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