I have no idea what a quince is, but I think I like it.
Notes provided by the wine club:
Considering America is not among the world’s top 10 producers of the fruit, which is shaped somewhat like a pear, you may not be familiar with the fruit that goes by the name of quince. China is the world leader in quince production, followed by Turkey, Uzbekistan, Morocco and Iran.
But if you have tasted quince – perhaps in the form of jam or jelly – you’ll probably never forget it. If you haven’t, then pay close attention to Braxton Hall’s Sauvignon Blanc when you open the bottle and pour a glass.
There are familiar hints of pineapple, kiwi and lime in the wine’s flavor spectrum. But if there’s a flavor note you can’t quite put your finger on, it’s probably quince – a flavor noted by every member of the tasting panel. Of course, it’s the full flavor spectrum of the wine that impressed the panel, and we think you’ll be impressed too.
Grape Composition: Sauvignon Blanc and Other White Varieties
Grape Source: Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
Aromas and Flavors: Pineapple, Quince, Lime, Kiwi and Herbs
Aging Vessels: Stainless Steel Tanks
Food Pairing Suggestions: Shellfish, or a crabmeat salad.
My thoughts? The pale blonde color and the summery aroma of citrus immediately spiked my interest. Distinctive aromas of pineapple, kiwi and possibly melon are very enticing and made me wish I was sitting out in the backyard in much warmer weather. Light, crisp, refreshing and loaded with flavor. Consider me impressed! The first thing I noticed was tastes of pineapple, followed by lime and something I can’t quite figure out, I’m assuming quince, and ends with a slight hint of kiwi.
I would suggest eating this with grilled spicy shrimp, anything with mango salsa, tilapia, lemon chicken, vegetable stir fry, white pizza, salads with a balsamic or italian vinaigrette…tortilla chips, popcorn, ramen noodles, good chinese takeout, bad chinese takeout, crackers, cheese doodles, rice, mashed potatoes…I think you get the point. My favorite thing to pair it with? More Braxton Hill Sauvignon Blanc.
On a scale of “this tastes like piss” to “oops, I just drank the whole bottle” I would give this a “Damn that bottle went fast and I wish I had another!” Would I buy it again on purpose? Yes, and preferably by the case! Would I share it with company? If I offer you a glass and I only have one bottle you’re either my mother or someone I plan on marrying.
Final Grade: A