Well, the other new wines are now in bottle and we were fortunate enough to join Dan and several hundred of his closest friends for a pre-release tasting of these fine wines here in New York City. These wines will be mailing-list only (except for a few stellar restaurants), so it looks like I’m about to sign up for my first mailing list wine!
Gregory Dal Piaz is a proponent and admirer of a broad range of wines and styles. During his decades of collecting and tasting he has discovered that a wine need not cost a fortune to drink well. Feel free to ask him questions at the Snooth Forums where he regularly engages with beginners and experts alike.
What is more shocking is how great they work together in the Annia. It’s really a spectacular wine, and my favorite among the three wines in the Massican line-up. It’s crisp and subtle, yet complex and exceptionally refreshing. The Gemina blend is dominated by Viognier, a grape that has never really thrilled me, but Dan’s blend works better than most with its light texture and very fresh flavors. The Sauvignon Blanc is a fine effort, but lacks the excitement factor of either of the blends.
Dan’s wines are mailing-list only due to the extremely limited production. (There are only 50 cases of the Sauvignon Blanc, and 238 cases of the Annia.) You can sign up on the Massican site to get on the list. I know I will.
Massican's Inaugural Blends2009 Massican Annia
This is beautifully aromatic with notes of almond, apple blossom, and even a touch of lavender all floating above the slightly chalky toned, yellow fruits.
2009 Massican Gemina
The mid-palate gains fine balance and cut, with notes of succulent pear balanced by an almost quartzy-edged minerality.