Sémillon

Common synonyms: Wyndruif (South Africa)

Parentage of the grape: undetermined, likely native to Bordeaux and/or surroundings
 
History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distinguished popularity in the regions where it is grown. It has been used in quality production in France, in the areas in and around Bordeaux for centuries. It is there that it is found in elegant dry white wines, most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. But perhaps even more importantly, its predisposition for Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. “noble rot”), which has an astounding effect on the grape (as long as it is healthy), pinpointing its sugars and aromas for the Cadillac of sweet wine, Chateau d’Yquem of Sauternes. These wines can take long cellar aging and are some of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. In more accessible forms, it is found in the late harvest dessert wines of lesser grade Sauternes (which are still Read more »

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  • Beringer Vineyards Nightingale Private Reserve 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Quite a beauty. Lovely soft and viscous Honey, Peach, Orange Rind, Baby's Breath and Hibiscus. Long long lingering finish. Perfect as a Digestif and quite comparable to a French Sauternes - in fact would have loved to taste them side by side. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Mending Wall Stone On Stone Napa Valley 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Very pale, just-barely, yellow color. Herbal, grassy nose. Quite fruity on the tip of the tonguetable grapes, melon, pineapple, banana on the rear palatepretty much all over the place. Lots of tart acid gives a refreshing quality and, also, seems to give a spritzy sensation around the edges of the tongue. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Been wrestling with income tax stuff, today.  Actually, my day has been a ... ... of mind. This is a Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend.  It seems that several California producers have been releasing similar blends, and, so far, I have been enjoying them.I'm not sure I like this one as much as the Bedrock I had a few weeks ago, but I wouldn't ki... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Chateau Rabaud-Promis Premier Cru Classe Sauternes 1998

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... It consists of 80% semillon,18% sauvignon blanc and 2% muscadelle and is aged in oak barrels. .I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is very sweet,almost like honey or syrup and there is a lot of a pear,peach and apricot style fruit... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bizoe Henrietta Franschhoek 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Lemon and melon notes on the delicate nose with intoxicatingly thick fruit. Medium bodied in the mouth, bordering on medium-light and continuing with the melon notes and a touch of persimmon. Towards the finish this turns quite creamy and buttery with a lingering note of peach. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Growing up fishing from boats off the coast of Santa ... de Chevalier sauvignon blanc/semillon blend). Barracuda is a tricky customer, with strong flavor and toxins to deal with, and I usually marinated the hell out of it (sometimes with red wine) and BBQ'd it. Ling cod cried out to me back then for a good chardonnay,  whether Chablis or that f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lingcod and Cooking Fresh Fish


  • Going back to the Lingcod story I hinted at in the other thread, here's how that went...I just remember trying Lingcod years ago at some place like King's fish house, and then never seeing it again. I'd even read fish reports in the newspaper and hardly see any caught except sometimes a few in Oxnard, etc. Seems like they are mostly caught off o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lingcod and Cooking Fresh Fish


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvee Karatas Sonoma County 2012

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    Pretty, clear yellow color. Somewhat fruity and floral nose. Similarly, fruity on the tonguegreen apple, kiwi. Sufficiently acid to make this a refreshing wine. Were having grilled trout for dinner tonight. I think a fruit-based side might make this wine sing. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lillet White Aperitif Wine NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • Last post to this thread--at least for now.A few days ago Peggy was talking ... ago--the last of my Myriad Semillon stash.  It's still going to work very well with the crab legs, and it will be my little homage to M. Smit Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Parker Scores are in, the...


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