Two unexpected events happen to me in the first week of twenty ten. One, I hung a right on Pauba and got off the alluring De Portola wine trail. I found my way back to where it all started, The Rancho California Wine Trail, and specifically, Hart Winery. I have always had a fondness of Hart since back in the day when I used to cook for Joe Hart and a few of the founding fathers of Temecula Wine Country at the Fish Exchange in Historic Murrieta.
The Fish Exchange is now a sports bar, but Joe Hart is still making truly great wines.
The second unexpected occurrence happened when I was looking for my next wine pick and was thinking hmmmm, what about a Grenache? Hart makes a great Grenache, but when I started my uhhh, research, I decided to start with a white. Wait a minute; I’m here for the Grenache.
However, I have of late found myself subbing a dry white in place of a big red now and again.
So there I was, with a beautiful glass of the ’08 Sauvignon Blanc that was catching the afternoon sunlight beaming in from the tasting room doors. I was at peace with all creation. The nose is light and fruity and begs you to partake of the bliss swirling in your glass. When you take your first taste It’s got ya. Hart’s Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine for reflecting on past memories or mulling over hopes and dreams for the New Year. It drinks easy and finishes so, so nice. It’s one of those wines that, once you find it you always want to keep a few on hand, because you will return to it again and again.
The best part is, it’s only $18.95 a bottle but if you mention Taste of Temecula you can get your bottle or bottles for $14.95 each (only January 8-15th).
Really, you can’t find a better deal on an amazing boutique wine that has been a valley favorite since 1981.
Till next week,
Tasting Notes from Hart Winery
Hart 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Temecula Valley, Two Clone Cuvee. With citrus notes, a bit of gooseberry, subtle herbal notes, and just a hint of French oak, this alluring dry white wine was produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Hart Family Vineyard and Temecula Valley’s Huis Vineyard, predominately Musque clone blended with a smaller proportion of a traditional California clone. We really love Sauvignon Blanc, our hands-down favorite white – and have been producing it since 1981. Serve with grilled fish, oysters on the half-shell, steamed mussels, clams, or garlic chicken.
41300 Avenida Biona
Temecula, CA 92591-5014