Kestrel Winery Pure Platinum, a 2007 blend of Gewurztraminer and Viognier, is a fantastic wine to have on a hot summer day. On the nose, it has the wonderful fruit forwardness of pears/peaches when well chilled. As it warmed up, I noticed more vanilla and cherry notes. Bean smelled really juicy ripe Bartlett pear, mango, lychee and just a hint of citrus. This table white wine has a lovely lemon color. It is a beautiful bright wine with a slight effervescence, reminiscent of a vino verde. The flavor contains some refreshing acidity and great balance. Bean thinks it tasted like a slice of sweet melon, with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. For myself, I am very aware of the lingeringcherry finish and can be convinced there are melon flavors there as well. The bottle design is also very festive with a Marilyn Monroesque glam doll on a lovely cobalt colored glass. When we purchased this wine last summer at the Kestrel Winery tasting room in Leavenworth, it was on sale for 10 dollars…a great value priced wine.
Bean paired this with an arugula salad dressed with a sweet and sour citrus vinaigrette and topped with fresh, sweet nectarines. This was an especially nice pairing as the slight sweetness of this table white wine matched the sweet nectarines and was a nice contrast to the peppery arugula. It also went well with the herbed potato salad and the spicy-sweet barbecued chicken. I really enjoyed this wine by itself and was well on my way through my second glass before trying it with food. Both Bean and I agree this is a wonderful wine to drink by itself as a patio sipper or with food.
This is a wine best served well chilled. Bean feels that the wine lost some of its interest when it warmed, it started to flatten. If the weather is hot, pour small glasses and keep your bottle chilled and nearby to replenish your glass for maximum refreshment. This white table wine is a Yakima Valley wine and the Kestrel Winery itself is located in Prosser, Washington. Wine tasting is also available in Leavenworth, Washington as well as at the winery in Prosser. Bean and Jonathan tried the 2008 version earlier this year and both her and Jonathan preferred the 3rd edition released last year over this years. They state the 3rd edition was brighter and more lively and suited their personal palates better. You can try it for yourself and let us know what you think. The latest edition of Kestrel Pure Platinum is widely available at wine shops and larger grocery stores with an adequate wine selection.