Wine of the Week

A Blend Of Dreams


Photo by Loren Scott

What new Temecula Rhone style wine has  54% Syrah, 25% Cinsaut, 16% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre? The answer is Leonesse Cellars 2007 Melange De Reves.  I’m always excited to find a new treasure in the valley and today I feel excitement as I share my latest find with the Taste Of Temecula family.

If you like a good earthy wine that has flavors of red berries, tobacco, and pepper this is a wine you must try. It reminds me of a trip I took to Oregon in my college days. I spent the afternoon in the pastures collecting berries for a cobbler pie my friends mother was baking.  I’ll never forget the aromas of the pastures, wood burning stoves, and the surrounding farm lands. In one sip, this bottle took me back.

I opened this bottle with several of my friends from Taste Of Temecula and our “whites only gal” said, “Wow this is really good!”  The closest person we have to a certified sommelier response was, “This is a really well made wine.” My thoughts are that this wine taste amazing and is one you can drink right away or  you can lay down for several years and it will only get better.

Rebaux Steyn gave me a full 3 oz. taste of the 2004 Melange De Reves and then with a little coaxing gave me a bottle to enjoy  later. All I can say after trying the 2004 and the 2007 is that this wine just gets better with age. Either way you are going to want to drive to Leoneese Cellars in the next week and pick up your own bottle of  2007 Melange De Reves. Between February 26th and March 5th all Taste Of Temecula fans can enjoy the regularly $28.00 bottle for only $21.00. On another note all the wine pourers at Leonesse are fantastic but if you bump into Gabe tell him Trasier says thanks, and don’t forget to tip him well.

Until next week, Happy Wine Trails!

http://www.leonessecellars.com/index.cfm?method=homepage.showpages

Wine Tasting Room

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
38311 DePortola Rd
Temecula, CA 92592

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