Quality Over Quantity
I had the opportunity to meet Rob Beecham, COO of Beecham Builders, and also part of the leadership team at Montaluce Winery and Estates late last year in Orlando. Down visiting Disney World, I welcomed the chance to meet up and discuss Montaluce and their first vintage. Montaluce is the first of its kind in Georgia, a development conceptualized and planned around wine, food, and community. Located just outside of Dahlonega and north of Atlanta, Montaluce provides the perfect backdrop for a long weekend wine rendezvous or a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta.
Before bidding adieu, Rob gave me a bottle each of their 2008 vintage Chardonnay, Viognier, Risata, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tonight I focus on their white wines. Coincidentally, I happened to pair each wine with scallops. On the nose, the Chardonnay displayed consistent notes of green apples and pears, followed by lemon, honeysuckle, and a hint of minerality in the mouth. A crisp, balanced Chardonnay that pairs perfectly with shellfish or salad. A few nights later, I opened the Viognier. This happened to be my first Viognier from the state and will definitely not be my last. A floral nose gives way to peach, apricot, and citrus. A delicious example that showcases the varietal expression of Viognier. Bravo.
Stressing quality over quantity, Montaluce has all the key ingredients for a bright future in Georgia. I look forward to enjoying a bottle very soon on my next visit to Georgia’s wine country. In the meantime, I recommend a visit to Montaluce (and to my Georgia friends, what are you waiting for) and be sure to tell them TheOther46.com sent you. Cheers!
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