We had such a wonderful day at Greenhill. Yesterday I reserved the dining room in the clubhouse (in the photo here) for myself, dad, my aunt, two of her kids and a grandchild, and a cousin and his wife. What a great time!
We did the regular tasting. The menu has been updated to reflect a new rose release and some other wines.
I have to say that I absolutely love their Blanc de blancs. It’s a nice crisp bubbly white (all chardonnay) and it starts you in a festive mood. I definitely get the apple and pear in it. I keep a bottle in the fridge just in case there is fun to be had!
The Viognier is a nice white wine – very pleasant to drink. It has a sharper taste and is more acidic than their chardonnay. But it’s very drinkable. I would love this more on hot days, and as we get into fall, I’m more inclined to stash this in the wine fridge for next year.
The new rose – I was super excited, given the blend of malbec, merlot, and nebbiolo. Nebbiolo is not a grape I usually like. This rose was smooth and pleasant, but honestly, I prefer the Syrah rose to this one – the syrah was a little sharper and more acidic, and really more flavorful. I couldn’t really taste the malbec in this one. Oh well, hoping for a new Syrah rose next year!
Philosophy was my fave. I absolutely live for Bordeaux blends. And this one was in no way a letdown. Smooth and consistent, with a great smell at the beginning, and left you waiting for more. It was nice and dark, and I suspect it was heaviest in cab sauv – probably why I loved it so much.
Cab Franc – I can take or leave cab franc. This one was pretty good, and does well as a stand alone varietal. Dark fruit in it, rich and pleasant, with some pepperiness characteristic of cab franc.
Intuition – our tasting person said that this is mostly seyval blanc with some petit manseng added. Let me say that I’m not a fan of seyval blanc, but that the addition of the much more acidic petit manseng really made this wine for me. There is a little but of residual sugar in this wine, but blending it with the manseng really made it enjoyable. This would be a good summer wine too.
The tasting experience here, with the table service, is really quite incredible. I thoroughly enjoy myself every time I go, and I highly recommend this experience.