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Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Ca’ Momi’s Bianco di Napa has enough flavors to stand out

White blend balances fruit with floral

By Jen Van Tieghem

Much has been written about Ca' Momi Winery and its auspicious formula of pairing Napa Valley fruit with old-world winemaking. Words don't satisfy thirst, however. After receiving the winery's offerings and a stack of tasting notes, I impatiently waited for an excuse to dive in. A warm summer evening and a perfectly chilled bottle of 2013 Bianco di Napa were reasons enough to see if the product matched the promise. 

Mostly in search of refreshment, I was immediately happy with this wine. Prominent tart apple flavors were softened by supple orange-blossom notes. The latter, presumably from the Muscat, was almost overpowering on the nose, but in taste, the flowery elements added balance to the strong fruit flavors—without any unwanted sweetness. In addition to Muscat, the white blend includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio (although percentages of each are not given). 

I also enjoyed the Bianco's ability to stand on its own. I wasn't inclined to pair the wine with any sort of dish. In some wines, I look for opportunities to complement food, but when I want a pre-meal drink and/or something thirst-quenching, it's nice to find options like this. It presented enough characteristics—melon, citrus and honeysuckle—to make it interesting but not too overwhelming. 

Ca'Momi has an impressive history, but one part of its story stands out: The winery has partnered with musician Michael Franti's Do it for the Love Foundation, and profits from the namesake red and white blends pay for folks in advanced stages of life-threatening illnesses, severely challenged children and wounded veterans to attend live-music concerts. I haven't tried these wines, but with their under-$20 price tag, they're definitely worth a shot. 

After all, who wouldn't jump at the chance to help someone by drinking good wine?
  

Write to jenv@sdcitybeat.com and editor@sdcitybeat.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_VT.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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