I enjoyed the opportunity to join in the fun once again as Kunde Family Estates hosted several bloggers both in house and across the country for KundeLive wine tasting. Informative with a little bit of ribbing (Marsha and Jeff the sister/brother comedy act) along with winemaker Zach Long as the moderator, we are treated to quality, affordable wine/food pairings. Tonights lineup included a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc Magnolia Lane, a wonderful blend Red Dirt Red (one of my personal favorites) and an equally tasty Reserve Cabernet to complete the night.
First wine of the evening the 2011 Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc. The wine screams crisp and tropical with aromas of lemon citrus, melon, vanilla, pear, with hints of grapefruit. The flavor is equally outstanding with the perfect amount of acidity complimenting the grapefruit, melon and lemon citrus. As the wine warms I get a nice ripe peach treat. The wine was awesome with a lemon poppy seed dressing drizzled over fresh lettuce.
Next the 2009 Red Dirt Red a wonderful blend which showcases the ripe fruit in each of the varietals. Love how the complexity of the wine changes with each vintage. Aromas of raspberry, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, licorice and a nice peppery spice. The flavor exquisite with ripe cherry and raspberry. Towards the middle of the taste blueberry/blackberry with a perfect pepper spice and the finish is silky smooth. Paired with bbq pulled pork, the wine was my favorite of the evening.
Finishing the night off the 2009 Kunde Family Estates Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry, vanilla, molasses, spice, butterscotch with hints of plum and oak. I agree with Zach the wine is very young and needs a few years to age but the flavors are still darn good. Raspberry and creamy carmel, blackberry with hints of earthiness/spice on the finish. I want to re taste this in 3-5 years. My pairing a crustini with roast beef and a dollop of creamy horseradish.
Marsha, Jeff, Zach and Ed my sincere thanks for including me in tonight's tasting. We learn more about the winery, history and wines each show watched. Quality wines, affordable prices, everyday juice it must be Kunde Family Estates Pick up a few bottles today and stop by the winery for a visit.