Kirk Venge, of Venge Vineyards, is well on his way building a reputation as one of the most talented young winemakers in the Napa Valley. He has big shoes, or perhaps I should say, a big cowboy hat to fill as his father is the famed legendary winemaker Nils Venge. I’ve really been impressed in the past by Venge’s Scout’s Honor Zinfandel. This summer, I keep finding myself buying bottles of his Champ des Fleurs white wine.

  • 2008 Venge Vineyards Champ des Fleurs Proprietary White – USA, California, Napa Valley (7/26/2009)
    This was my third bottle of this wine. I really like it. This propriety blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc offers a light enough package to work as a pleasant quaffer on a hot summer afternoon but complex enough to cause pause for thought. Initial notes of lemon grass and melon give way to a hefty dose of creme brulee and buttery pastry. A nice dose of acidity lifts it up and keeps the residual sweetness from being cloying. I’m considering picking up a case as a house white. (88 pts.)

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