Canyon 1997 Chardonnay & Glen Ellen 1997 Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay
"Corbett Canyon is rapidly becoming discovered for making distinctive varietal wines of exceptional quality."
may be true, but in this case we got a ho-hum Chardonnay with a peculiar
finish. It nosed and tasted of apple and pear, but then turned sour and
bitter. (Rating **)
Like the words, "vasectomy," and "tequila" mentioning Ouzo tends to bring a recoil from one's audience.
Admittedly, Ouzo is no light
fare. It's made of alcohol spirit, anisette, and various herbs, the latter
of which typically are scarcely detectable (at least in the Ouzos you
find in the U.S.). Ouzo's obvious and overwhelming characteristic is that
smell- the smell of black licorice. If you don't like black licorice,
you will never like Ouzo. End of story.
You can sip this Ouzo straight or add half an ounce to your two to three ounces of Ouzo. I prefer to do the latter, as it also makes the drink feel softer, less intense, and cools the heat you'd otherwise feel when you swallow it.
As with Sambuca, you can use
this as an adjunct to your dessert by dropping a shot of it in your coffee,
and perhaps adding some whipcream to the top. Achaia Clauss is an inexpensive
and solidly made Ouzo. If you like black licorice, why not give this one
a try? (Rating ***3/4)