White Wine

Mar 052015
Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District, CA, $27 (S) – Rating 92

Smith-Madrone Riesling 2013Think dry…Think crisp…Think  refreshing… A beautiful dry Riesling from one of the few Riesling vineyards left in Napa Valley. Aromas of citrus, honeycomb, pear, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. A soft mouth-feel with food pairing acidity accentuates flavors of pear, green apple, white peach, honeysuckle, honeycomb and creamy vanilla. Notes of honeysuckle become more apparent as the wine opens. This wine pairs with a wide variety of foods from lighter summer fare to roasted chicken. Buy This Wine

Feb 242015
Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA $42 (S) – Rating 91

Grgich Hills Chardonnay 2011A blend of winemaking styles, barrel aged without buttery malolactic fermentation. The result is a Chardonnay with a crisp mouth-feel, balanced acidity and a touch of creaminess. The nose offers notes of Meyer lemon, tropicals and wet stone minerality. On the palate, flavors of Meyer lemon, red apple, pear and a touch of white pepper spice. Just a hint of oaky vanilla caramel in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 192015
Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $68 (S) – Rating 92

Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2012A bigger, more luxurious style than the delicious AO Unoaked Chardonnay. The nose is treated to a bouquet of apple, caramel, vanilla and spice. Plush on the palate with soft acidity. Robust flavors of red apple, caramel, vanilla, pear, tropicals and baking spice. Creamy vanilla caramel in the very long finish. Buy this Wine

Feb 122015
Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 93

Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc 2013Right on the heels of the awesome 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay comes this exquisite Sauvignon Blanc. Barrel fermented with no malolactic, resulting in a creamy mouth-feel with nice acidity. A bouquet of honeycomb, honeydew melon, ripe pear, white peach and spice. Integrated flavors of white peach, melon, citrus, vanilla creme, wet stone minerality and a touch of white pepper spiciness. Buy This Wine

Feb 102015
Alpha Omega Chardonnay Unoaked 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $44 (S) – Rating 93

Alpha Omega Chardonnay Unoaked 2013One of, if not the best Chardonnay, I’ve had in a very long time. If you have turned your back on Chardonnay…this wine may well turn you back around. All Chardonnay, all stainless steel and no malolactic fermentation creates a crisp and clean wine. However, stirring of lees adds ample creaminess and takes the edges the balanced acidity. Aromas of red apple, honeycomb and pie crust give way to flavors of red apple vanilla creme, tropical citrus with a hint of ripe pineapple. A touch of Meyer lemon adds complexity to the long finish. Buy This Wine