This past weekend we once again made our way to Yountville to check out the Washington Square open house. The event, which also represented the grand opening of the Verismo Wines Tasting Lounge, included food, wine, live music and an appearance by Santa Claus for the kids.
We were primarily there to check out the new Verismo tasting lounge and taste some of their wines (oh yeah, and to get that picture of the little one crying on Santa’s lap! ). Verismo was pouring two of its “Stretto” wines, which are in the ‘ready to drink’ category (as opposed to the winery’s “V” wines, which could stand to be put down for a few years).
Up first was the 2007 Napa Valley Stretto Sauvignon Blanc, which retails for $18 per 750ml bottle. This wine checks in at 13.6% alcohol by volume, was aged in stainless steel and underwent no malolactic fermentation. We certainly found it to be eminently drinkable, with a nice balance of acidity and your typical sauvignon blanc flavor notes of citrus and green apple.
The other wine we tried was the 2006 Napa Valley Stretto Red Wine, which retails for $24 per 750ml bottle. This wine, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah, was aged for 20 months in 20% new French Oak. For a red blend, we found this wine to be on the fruitier side, with very soft tannins, and flavor notes of your typical dark red fruits (cherry, plum, etc.)