Wines from the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon BlancI ran across a story at talking about the wines chosen to be served at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Luncheon today; a Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and a 2005 Golden Eye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Say the good folks at Duckhorn Vineyards:

We are honored to announce that the 2007 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2005 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir were selected by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to be served at the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon on January 20th.

Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of the Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall.

Since my invitation to the historic inauguration of our 44th President was lost in the mail (I just know it was!) and since I wanted to be able to experience President Obama’s inauguration without having to actually fly to our nation’s capital and stand for hours in the cold with a congregation the size of Houston, I was on a mission to purchase and enjoy said wines at home.

So we searched all the on-line databases at our local wine merchants and came up with nil. My brother suggested Cova and I discovered that the Sauvignon Blanc was listed on their by-the-glass menu. Since Cova is on the way home (sort of) and about 3 blocks from mon frère, we decided to go there after work.

In the mean time, Joe had ventured to the local adult beverage market on a mission. He was on his way out the door when a salesperson asked him if he had found what he was looking for (given that he was empty handed — it was pretty obvious he hadn’t). She directed him back to the section where he’d previously looked, and he found it hiding near the bottom. Now this place usually racks the bottles vertically with a display on top. But it seems the Inaugural Sauvignon Blanc selection bottles were lined up horizontally, knee height — no doubt hiding for the rush that would ensue on the 21st. The Pinot Noir was no where to be found.

So instead of hitting the wine bar after work, I came home to some nicely chilled wine.

Tasting Notes

A blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon, Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc is a light straw color, with bright crisp citrus on the nose. Notes of grapefruit and honeysuckle delight the tongue and taste buds. For the luncheon, it was paired with a seafood stew made of Maine lobsters, scallops, shrimp and cod (you can find the recipe here or on the Duckhorn Vineyards website.) I tasted it with a bit of Swiss Emmenthal cheese.

Winemaker Notes

This lush and inviting Sauvignon Blanc combines a rich, creamy mouthfeel with bright acidity and a long, refreshing finish. The aroma brings together appealing elements of Meyer lemon, grapefruit, orange blossom and peach nectar, with hints of honeysuckle and graham crackers. On the palate, tropical flavors of pineapple and mango are complemented by layers of citrus, peach and ginger spice.

The grapes were harvested in late August and early October 2007, and spent 5 months sur lie in 100% French Oak Château-style barrels, 20% fermented in new oak. Alcohol content is 13.5%. Wine Enthusiast scored this a 90 in the December 15, 2008 issue. It earned an 87 rating in Wine Spectator’s December 31, 2008 issue. Release price is listed at $27. We picked ours up for $25, but it’s safe to assume that the price will begin to climb as the word of its place in Presidential history gets out.

If you too missed the inaugural luncheon, Duckhorn is offering a commemorative “Presidential Pair” with one each of the Sauvignon Blanc and the 2005 Goldeneye Alexander Valley Pinot Noir, a copy of the Inaugural Luncheon menu and recipes, in a commemorative wooden gift box. Of course I ordered one!

Cheers to you President Barack Obama!

Amy Corron Power, the WineWonkette ~ Amy Corron Power
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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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