I just took a bit of a blogging hiaitus after my Frances Ford Coppola review, and now I pick things up with another heavy-weight putting his name on a bottle. Donald Trump has bought a winery, and goddamnit, his wine will be nothing but the best in the world. Ever.
Maybe someday will come to the lush hills of Virginia and Donny will feel good and smug about Trump Wineries Kluge SP Blanc de Blanc. The 2008 I tasted got off to a good start. It smelled like a bubbly Chard should some sharp strawberry with a small bit of leafy scent.
Into the Gulp, things keep getting better. It started with a crisp dose of strawberry, some mineral that I am going to call fleur de sel. As the wine washed around the mouth the crisp tide rolled out and a creamier texture developed. So far it keeps getting better. Unfortunately some green notes linger on the mouth, if I can develop the ocean tide metaphor, some seaweed washed up on the otherwise pristine beach. A bit of green isn’t enough to ruin a beach trip or this wine, but it does detract from the elegance.
Musical Match: Elton John with his 80′s hit “I’m Still Standing.” A commercial success, and a very catchy tune with a toe-tapping beat. On that level, not much to complain about. I personally find the song disappointing to a small degree considering the artistic qualities that had previously been an integral part of Elton’s music just weren’t there. Just like the Trump Winery Kluge SP Blanc de Blanc the emphasis seems to be on the product, not the art. That having been said, both the wine and the song need to be considered a success on their own qualities.