White Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano Pinot GrigioGiordano Grecanico Pinot Grigio 2012, Sicily Collection, Sicily, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 88

From a small vineyard on Sicily, this Pinot Grigio – Grecanico blend is produced in a softer creamier style than many mouth-puckering Pinot Grigios. A gentle nose of citrus, pineapple and melon. Light-bodied with soft acidity, offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon and green apple with a bit of minerality in the finish. Think summertime with friends. Will pair well with lighter summer and picnic fare. Buy This Wine

Apr 072014
 
Giordano SoaveGiordano Soave d.o.c. 2012, Verona, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 91

Known a s an excellent and versatile food-pairing wine. Soave can be paired with anything from cured charcutière meats to hearty seafood. The 2012 offering from Giordano opens with aromas of green apple with notes of baking spice. A light to medium bodied with creamy mouth-feel and balanced acidity. Flavors of green apple, Meyer lemon with hints of minerality and a touch of apricot on the finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 252014
 
Macauley Chardonnay 2012 – Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley, CA, $48  – Rating 91

Limited production of only 180 cases. Fermented sur lie in equal parts concrete, stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. In the glass, a rich golden hue with aromas of red apple, citrus and baking spice. A balanced mouth-feel offering enough crisp acidity to food pair or enjoy solo. Flavors of red apple, pear and tropicals with just a hint of lime, spice and minerality. Pleasant notes of grilled pineapple and citrus on the long finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 172014
 
Broman Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

Sourced from two Napa vineyards. 100%Sauvignon Blanc fermented and aged in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation. Crisp and vibrant with a nose lemon creme, pineapple and citrus.  A touch of creaminess on the palate with balanced acidity giving way to flavors of pineapple, citrus and minerality with a hint of lime zest in the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
 
2011 Jekel Vineyards Gravelstone Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 88

Scents of red apples, pears, tropical fruit and baking spice. A round mouth-feel with juicy acidity from the judicious use of new and neutral oak barrels. Creamy flavors of pear and red apple with a hints of pineapple and vanilla. A nice touch of spice on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jan 142014
 
2011 Smith-Madrone Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 91

Another outstanding effort, especially for those Chardonnay drinkers who prefer balanced oak and acidity. A subtle nose of mom’s apple pie. The red apple notes extend to the palate and round mouth-feel complemented with flavors of ripe pineapple and oaky vanilla. Again, red apple on the finish with hints of baking spice and cinnamon. Buy This Wine

Jan 022014
 
2012 Smith Madrone Vineyard & Winery Riesling, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 92

This 40 year old Spring Mountain Riesling vineyard is one of the few left in Napa Valley, producing a consistently excellent dry wine year after year. Enjoy its excellent food pairing qualities or on its own. A robust nose with aromas of white peach, pineapple and wet stone. A round mouth-feel balanced with juicy acidity and just a kiss of sweetness. Integrated flavors of ripe pineapple, honeycomb, apricot, red apple, minerality and pear. Buy This Wine

Dec 172013
 
2012 Dutcher Crossing Winery Stuhlmuller Vineyard Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, CA, $35 – Rating 91

A full bodied Chardonnay that exhibits beautiful balance. A nose of red delicious apple with highlights of caramel. A round mouth-feel with enough acidity for food pairing. The initial pour offers flavors of lemon creme but as it opens notes of red apple, caramel, pie spice and vanilla become more pronounced. Buy This Wine

Nov 202013
 
2011 Giordano Roero Arneis Vendemmia , Piedmont, Italy, $ – Rating 89

A beautiful white wine with a soft nose of citrus and some floral notes. A luxuriously soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Flavorful yet lean with notes of red delicious apple, citrus and spice. A touch of honeysuckle completes the finish.  Great to pair with lighter fare or as a patio sipper. Definite crowd pleaser with lower (13%) alcohol than many. Buy This Wine

Nov 172013
 
Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 89

Crisp with mouthwatering acidity just like Sauvignon Blanc should be. On the nose, grilled lemon and other enticing tropicals. Zesty but still a soft mouth-feel offering well integrated flavors of Meyer lemon, pineapple and pear with green apple on the finish. Buy This Wine