La Proprietà del Vino di Estate (The Estate of the Summer Wine)
Two weeks ago I blogged about need for good summertime wines in Texas. See:
You know, if there is one thing in Texas that you can’t have enough of, its summertime wines. The problem is that most are two sweet and low in acid to keep your interest particularly if you ask the question….”Do I really want a second glass of this wine.”
This past weekend, I was lumbering down the Route 290 Wine Road (www.wineroad290.com) between Fredericksburg and Johnson City on my way to see the Benini art installations on their sculpture ranch (www.benini.com) and I stopped into to see Roberto Ponte at Rancho Ponte Vineyards (www.ranchoponte.com).
I found out that Roberto is actively involved in planting his estate vineyard. It’s likely to be 4 acres or so of Blanc Du Bois and Black Spanish grapes. In the process, he has been ripping up the dirt getting it ready to accept his new little sprouts later this year. He has his tractor working well (I think that he has a newer one than the one shown in the photo below) and he’s now working on the irrigation lines that will give the vines their vital sustenance when nature can’t provide it.
The other thing that I found out is that Roberto has a addition to my summertime wine list. It’s his new Sorelline (pronounced Sor-el-leen-nee). Go figure, I could figure that out either until someone in the tasting room told me how to pronounce it. Rancho Ponte Sorelline is a blend of aromatic white grapes including Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Riesling and Viognier. It has a light floral nose and loads of grapefruit and crisp citrus on the palate. This is a wine for which you will be able to answer my question above with a resounding yes. Interestingly, some of the bottle of Sorelline have scerw caps and some don’t. You will have to ask Robert to tell you the rest of the story if you see him in the winery tasting room.
I returned to Houston with a bottle of Sorelline and served it with a light summertime meal consisting of my Pasta Carbonara al Salmone (see lead photo) complete with garlic, bacon, parmasean cheese, egg, parsley, green onion and fresh wild caught Salmon. This probably breaks more rules of Italian cooking than I care to know.
Roberto Ponte comes from an Italian winemaking family with ties to Temecula, California, a wine region not too much different from parts of the Texas Hill Country. See Ponte Winery (www.pontewinery.com).
Stop by the winery next time your in the Fredericksburg area and give Rancho Ponte Sorelline a try.