Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to pureCru Wines, by Mitch Cosentino. Mitch and his wines have graced our pages these last five years, because we adore his wines. Mitch holds the distinction of being our best-selling winemaker of all time. Infiltrate his winery and return with an ample allotment of his PURETY, a delicious, refreshing and distinctive Napa Valley White wine blend.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: pureCru Wines, by Mitch Cosentino
Wine Subject: 2009 PURETY Napa Valley White Wine
Winemaker: Mitch Cosentino
Winery Backgrounder: For the last five years, Mitch Cosentino’s wines have consistently enjoyed the distinction of being our top-selling winemaker of all time. Mitch’s wines are varied, distinctive and always delicious. We are proud to welcome Mitch back to our pages with today’s PureCru PURETY Napa Valley White Wine, a balanced and delicious blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc and 48% Semillon.
Look – Golden yellow with perfect coloration from core to edge. When swirled, skinny legs cascade downward from high on the glass wall.
Smell – Bright aromas of mixed citrus lead the way, with dark lemon, yellow grapefruit and subtle key lime all delivering a lovely freshness on the nose. Beneath these, subtle hazelnut, creamed honey, soft spice and white flowers provide complexity and intrigue.
Feel – Soft and round on entry. A moment later, bright acids and soft, integrated tannins usher in a softly spreading dryness that spreads to the lips and cheeks. Decant for a softer drinking experience.
Taste – Delicious and full of flavor, this wine leads with balanced, sweet lemon, sweet lime and yellow grapefruit. As the wine warms, even just a little, a world of flavors opens up and orange blossom, white peach, nectarine, pink grapefruit, creamed honey, spice and subtle toasty oak emerge.
Finish – Very long, with lingering citrus that gradually yields to stonefruit, subtle spice, subtle oak, white honey and slate minerals.
Conclusion – Delicious, right out of the chiller, allow this wine to warm just slightly and be handsomely rewarded with greater complexity, more flavor, deeper aromatics and a more tender mouth feel. Mitch Cosentino’s 2009 PURETY Napa Valley is a delicious wine that is, in our opinion, under priced. We won’t tell Mitch if you don’t! Meanwhile, we’ll be stocking our personal spy cellars with this exceptional, delicious, character-filled wine. Enjoy all on its own, or with seafood, turkey (stock up for Thanksgiving, dear Operative!) or an assortment of cheeses and Charcuterie. Enjoy now and for the next few years.
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
SUBJECT: Mitch Cosentino
WINE EDUCATION: Self Taught and 33 years of practical experience
CALIFORNIA WINE JOB BRIEF: Winemaker for Cosentino Winery from 1980 to 2010,Consultant to various wineries and growers from 1989 to present.Founder-Winemaker of pureCru Winery and Wines from 2009 to present
WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Flavor and balance
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: 1980 Merlot and a 1980 Cabernet Sauvignon and a Blanc de Noir Sparkling wine all released in 1982 under the brand of Crystal Valley Cellars/Cosentino Wine Company.