Van Westen Vineyards 2008 Vivacious - 89pts
Availability: Direct from winery. Private wine shops.
Production: 230 cases
Date Tasted: April 17th, 2010
Tasting Notes: Two words describe this wine accurately: "Yum" and "Eee". Accurate, perhaps, but not very thorough so let me continue... "Vivacious" primarily consists of Pinot Blanc with a touch of Pinot Gris added to the blend to help round-out the flavours and texture and it succeeds in doing just that. Pinot Blanc never tasted so complete. Excellent concentration of orchard fruits on the nose and palate with brawny mineral characters. Crisp, natural acidity helps balance out the wine and does not interrupt the long-ish finish.
You can't improve on the name, this wine is lively, spirited and cheerful.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010