White Wine

Jul 212013
2011 VML Winery Ivywood Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 90

A straight forward Chardonnay the strikes a nice balance between the newer ultra-lean Chards and the oaky butter bombs. From a cool weather vineyard with marine influence just east of Bodega Bay. A nice nose of red apple, pear, vanilla and baking spice. A round mouth-feel with zippy acidity offering flavors of apple pie, creamy vanilla, citrus and caramel with spicy minerality on the long finish. Pair this wine with summer fare including meats such as grilled chicken or just enjoy it on its own. Buy This Wine

Jul 182013
2011 Alpha Omega Winery Chardonnay II, Napa Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 91

Originally tasting room only, now in limited distribution. A wonderful Chardonnay priced well below other AO Chards without a step down in flavor. The nose offers enticing notes of red juicy apple and caramel with hints of spice. The same sensations of red juicy apple, caramel and spice are present on the palate with added flavors of ripe pear and just a subtle touch of crème brûlée. The creamy mouth-feel has the right balance of acidity. Buy This Wine

Jul 082013
2012 Giordano Gavi Docg, Piedmont, Italy, $12 (S) – Rating 90

Gavi is a crisp  white wine made from the Cortese grape grown in the southeast region of Piedmont. Gavi may be my wine find of the summer. A perfectly refreshing patio sipper or for pairing with lighter summer fare. Similar to CA Sauvignon Blanc (no grapefruit flavor), this beauty opens with a nose of pineapple and citrus balanced with a little pear. The palate is treated to flavors of green apple, pineapple and hint of pear with integrated minerality. Lower alcohol at 12% is a bonus. Buy This Wine

Jun 182013
2012 John Anthony Vineyards Church Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Carneros, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 93

A truly extraordinary Sauvignon Blanc from an intimate Carneros vineyard. A delicious blend of juicy acidity and minerality with a creamy mouth-feel. Opens with bouquet of baked pineapple and tropical aromas with distinct notes of flinty minerality. Balanced on the palate offering flavors of ripe pineapple, citrus and minerality with subtle hints of apricot and honeysuckle. Meyer Lemon is the star of the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jun 132013
2010 Dry Creek Vineyard Foggy Oaks Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

Barrel fermented with 85% malolactic fermentation, this Chardonnay is a winner at $20. The nose is reminiscent of mom’s apple pie with warm notes of yeast and nutmeg. As it opens more tropical and citrus aromas come forward. Balanced acidity and creaminess with flavors of red apple, pear, caramel, vanilla and baking spice with subtle notes of ripe pineapple on the finish. Buy This Wine