Sunday, August 2, 2009
I know "Big Claw" sounds like a monster movie from the 60s, but this white from California's north coast is anything but a B movie blend. Made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Columbard, and Chenin Blanc, this food-specific blend was the finalist in a quest by two Maine wine guys to find the best California white to pair with the Northeast's famed lobster.
On the nose, lychee fruit and pineapple will get you salivating, while taste buds are piqued with the flavors of just peeled lychee and the crispness of sour apple. The result is the perfect compliment for a robust lobster bisque.
The snappy essence of this delightful wine cuts through the savory soup providing a good flavor balance, while the acidity allows for a smooth transition as well as a dance of butter between the wine and the bisque. The finish completely cleanses the palate without overpowering the seafood. I likey.