I'm not keeping an exact score but white wines have really been ringing my bell much more than the reds. I know I've said as much before, but this week was a nadir for red wines.
It was a pretty solid wine week and I drank a Rheingau Riesling QBA, an Austrian Gruner Veltliner, a Pfalz Scheurebe, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a Chateauneuf du Pape, a Priorat, a Hermitage and a Barbera d'Asti. A solid lineup representing some of my favorite regions and prominent producers across the board. And very good vintages, too.
None of the red wines came even close to thrilling me as much as the leastest of the whites. And the white bottles thrived better once opened, never losing an ounce of vibrancy.
I think it's a question of scale. A red wine will always feel 'bigger' than a similarly bodied white, without necessarily possessing a concentration of fruit and flavor to match its size. And that lack of concentration will let the alcohol and sugar hog the spotlight. So in the end, all other things being equal, the white wine will feel better balanced and more flavorsome.
Little by little, I feel my expectations and tastes are exceeding my financial limits, where red wines are concerned.
So it's official. As of this week, the 2GrandCru blog is no longer an equal opportunity wine blog. It will be, I hope, a highly reactionary, bigoted blog, positively discriminating for white wines. It's only fitting, however, as for the last 3 months or so, 80% of my purchases have been white wines. So, while I will be be writing about red wines, even positively, you now know exactly where my heart is.