CLIFhanger: The Climber White 2007

14 Apr

Like energy bars and wine?  Who doesn’t?!  The folks at Clif Bar read our minds and now finally produces both.  Yeah – I had to double-take when I saw that the Clif Bar people were making wine, too.  As white wine season slowly inches its way in, my palate craves crisp, fruity wines with bright acidity to refresh and pair with the grilled fare that dominates my summer diet.  The Climber would seem to fit that bill nicely.

Clif ‘The Climber’ White 2007

Style: White table wine

Vitals: 13.5% abv; Blend: 81% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Pinot Blanc, 4% Chenin Blanc, 3% Muscat (Pinot Blanc and some Sauv. Blanc Organically-sourced); Bottled January 2008; retails for ~$14/bottle

Company Line:

Our 2007 blend is a unique blend of our favorite white varietals. Sauvignon Blanc makes up the backbone and structure of the wine with purity of fruit. Pinot Blanc adds a fleshy and tropical note. Chenin Blanc increases the purity and acidity of the blend. The Muscat adds a sweetness of tropical fruit, increased terpene aromas and richness in the mouth. 100% stainless steel fermentation and lack of malolactic fermentation enhances the purity of the fruit, classic varietal notes and crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

My take: light lemon yellow in the glass.  White peach and lemon/lime zest dominate the aroma and foretell the light stone and passion fruit nectar and pinpoint acidity of the palate.  Crisp on the tongue and clean in its lightly acidic finish, The Climber makes for a great warm weather drinker and would pair beautifully with grilled white meat and seafood dishes.  Who knew creating a better energy bar to get you through a tough run would translate into a penchant for crafting fine wines for cooling off afterward?

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