Bright and refreshing, it will rejuvenate you after a challenging day of work and family. Flavors of peach, nectarine, and Meyer lemon fill the glass, every sip brings memories of your toes in the sand. A perfect accompaniment with buttered popcorn and your favorite TV series.
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Viognier
6x 2017 Mentida California White Wine
12x 2017 Mentida California White Wine
Not for sale online, $240/case MSRP
About The Winery
Winery: Mentida Wines
Owner: Jillian Johnson DeLeon
Location: Napa Valley
Mentida, or guilty pleasure, is Jillian’s polarizing new brand that embodies how many wine lovers enjoy a delicious bottle of wine. These are wines that you don’t have to swirl and discuss, no wine notes needed, or wine snobbery. No contemplating the soil profile of the vineyard, the weather that year, or the type of barrel used, just pure unrefined pleasure in each bottle. Dawn your mask and indulge in Mentida, your newest guilty pleasure.
The Mentida wines will express a bolder side of Jillian’s winemaking talents with more robust and explosive fruit flavors. The blends will vary from vintage to vintage.
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What a lovely surprise when we received the email from Alice yesterday morning, telling us a package was on our way! We eagerly waited for the UPS truck to arrive…and waited…and waited…The truck showed up at 5:35 PM, six and a half hours before this offer was going live! With no time to properly chill the bottle, into the freezer it went and we hoped for the best.
Popped it open about half an hour later, at 54 degrees. Most of these notes are my wife’s, as I was cooking and couldn’t properly taste much. We also had a leftover glass of the Iron Horse 2017 Heart of the Vineyard Chardonnay, which we used as a comparison.
Color: Clear, pale yellow. Somewhat lighter than the IH.
Nose: Honeysuckle, slate, grass. Not a ton of fruit on the initial pour, surprisingly.
Taste: Strikingly dry–makes the IH taste almost sweet in comparison. Not drying though; there’s no astringency and I’d describe the mouthfeel as round. Not a ton of acidity, but there’s some lemon zest in there. Also grassy, floral, mineral notes. I’m reminded of enoki mushrooms but have no idea why I’m making that connection. Finish is fairly long and pleasant, with none of the persistent stickiness I get from some white wines.
As per usual, we gave the kids a whiff, and we also shared a glass with a neighbor in our building.
8-year-old: “A bit woody”; IH is “more bright”
5-year-old: “Umm…blackberries?” (Not sure about this one…)
Neighbor: “I do not like buttery, oaky chardonnays. This is not a buttery, oaky chardonnay.”
We had a somewhat…eclectic dinner, which was perhaps good for pitting the wine against several foods. It was excellent with a chili pepper chicken salad and with a chevre/manchego mac and cheese (this is how we use up cheese scraps); the wine cleaned up the spiciness and tanginess of the foods nicely. It was similarly good with pan-fried chicken cutlets. Not as good with leftover gumbo or with panko-crusted tofu; IH’s greater acidity worked better with these dishes.
About an hour in, more of the fruit flavors started to come out–crunchy bosc pear, nectarine, maybe some citrus. I’m not sure if this change was due to temperature, aeration, or a quirk of the short delivery timeframe. Taking a sip at 1 AM makes me think the wine would have continued to improve with time, but it was perfectly tasty from the start.
It’s a little hard to imagine given how cold it has been recently, but I think this is the sort of wine for sipping on the porch in the summer–it’s an easy-drinking wine but there’s also enough going on to keep things interesting. It would probably also be great for picnics, I’m thinking with a fried chicken sandwich and potato salad. We thought that a good price would be $10, and at the case price this is a steal. I’m definitely in for a case and am only not ordering it this minute because I need to sleep before figuring out some logistical questions. Thanks to Alice and the WCC team, as well as the folks at Onesta, and cheers everyone!
SWMBO really liked the 2016 vintage. The sole rat report for this one sounds similar to the 2016 rats, so that’s good enough for me! (Especially at this price point). The 2016 had a great QPR. In for a case.