White Wine

May 032011
2010 McPherson Cellars Viognier, Texas, $15 – Rating 4.1

McPherson Cellars Viognier is a stellar example of why Viognier is the perfect dry white wine grape for Texas. Think warm Texas evening under the oaks with a chilled wine stem  brimming with flavors of citrus, honeysuckle and orange blossom with a touch of oak with a light Hill Country peach finish. This Viognier pairs wonderfully with spicy Thai food.

Apr 172011
2009 Red Car Wine CO – BoxCar Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, CA (S) $23 – Rating 4.0

BoxCar Chardonnay by Red Car Wine Company is a very well-made example of a mid-weight CA Chardonnay. The use of only 10% new oak moderates the oak flavors and allows the creaminess to rise to the top. Nice tropical and apple flavors with a touch of straw and minerality. The well integrated flavors are big enough to stand on its own but still pair well with food. Think grilled chicken rubbed with lemon pepper.

Apr 142011
2010 William & Chris Vineyards Sémillon, Texas High Plains, TX, $26 – Rating 4.0

William & Chris, a Texas Hill Country winery, is best known for their red wines but this crisp, golden and utterly dry Sémillon proves they can create great white wines, too. Think of a hot summer afternoon under shady Texas oaks or overlooking the lake while sipping a chilled glass filled with flavors of lemon grass and honeydew complimented by a lush mouth-feel. Now that’s a pretty Texas picture.

Apr 122011
2009 Seven Hills Viognier, Talcott Vineyard, Columbia Valley, WA, $20 – Rating 85

A pleasant Viognier but a bit delicate and thin on flavor for my palate. A nice patio sipper on a hot afternoon.

Apr 092011
2008 Newton Red Label Chardonnay, Sonoma & Napa County, CA, $20 – Rating 89

A very enjoyable “Go To” Chardonnay. Crisp and not overblown. Great patio sipper but still enough acidity and depth to pair well with seafood or a lightly seasoned pork/chicken.