I would describe the color as ‘peachy’. The nose does in fact offer up some peach stone, banana and pineapple. Intriguing. On the palate I get more stone fruits, some pear and a citrusy hint. The acidity is very subdued here, which is a welcome change. The mouthfeel, especially on the midpalate is very nice, gentle and somewhat unctuous on the tail end. The finish is very refreshing with green pear and a lemon component. This wine certainly has a lot going on with a very easy going structure. I’m really enjoying it while cooking up some pasta that will be finished with lobster and fresh veggies. 89 points and for $14 this will be a repeat 4 star wine. Salut….
I don’t exactly recall buying this wine, but I think it was a last minute grab at the wine store. It looked interesting with its blend of 49% Viognier, 26% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Grenache Blanc and 6% Princess (Never heard of her).
A golden yellow color in the glass. The nose is what I was expecting, very similar to Conundrum White, another blend of similar grapes. Melon, grapefruit, and a touch of lemon are the key components. On the palate I am tasting raw almond, citrus and kiwi fruit. The acidity is very mild and the wine has a nice mouthfeel. There is a certain butteriness that hits on the mid palate. The finish is rather short, but leaves a trail of acidity that carries on for a while. I am really enjoying this wine, it was made for sipping, summer and cold cuts with an olive tray. I will go 88 points on this $15 wine which makes it a 3 star wine in my books. Drink now till 2019. Salut….
It was a beautiful evening, 75, sunny and a gentle breeze. The Salmon was on the grill and I cracked open this little beauty. I don’t often drink whites, but it was the right place and the right time. I will be buying more of it!
Dark yellow in the glass. Nose is delightful- pineapple, honey, melon. On the palate, very full bodied, with notes of honeydew, lemon zest and grapefruit peel. Tasty mid plate with more citrus and almond shavings. The finish continues with the theme. I am going with 89 points. It can be found for $15 which makes this a solid 3 star wine. Salut….
This is an interesting wine, made by Adler Fels winery and sold with a cause in mind. Some of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. It is a blend of Viognier, Moscato, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Very rustic in the glass, it is a very dark gold in color. An interesting nose of green guava, melon and pear. On the palate, grapefruit, melon and more pear. This wine is not overly acidic and the mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied. It drinks nicely and will go well with the pan roasted Cod I am preparing. It runs $13 and gets 87 points from me making it a 3 star wine. Salut….
I’m a fan of this winery and recently went for a wine and cheese pairing. I ordered a few bottles of this blend. Pale yellow/hints of gold in the glass. A nose of yellow apple, ginger, lime and a touch of pineapple. Initial tastes of apple, pineapple and a touch of butter. Reminiscent of Napa Chardonnay yet shouting out that it’s a blend. Very nice mid palate with ever so gentle acidity. The finish is nice, with a green apple meets melon twist. That’s also the point that the acidity hits. There’s some mid-palate ring going on as well. 90 points from me and perfectly suited for grilled chicken with roasted veggies, or just drink it chilled on a hot summers day! A blend of 56% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon that costs $20 at retail and got 88 points from WE. A 4 star effort that you need by the case (it’s $16 per if you join the club). Salut….
Pale yellow in the glass with a strong nose of tart apple, green pear and lemon zest. The initial attack tastes of yellow pear, Granny Smith apples and a hint of lemon peel. Good acidity give this wine some zip… A nice warm mid palate with some baked apples leave me with a nice finish. I really enjoyed this wine. Perfect for some seafood with a cream sauce or perhaps some chicken alfredo. 91 points from me and at $22, its a 5 star rocker. Salut….
A Napa Valley white wine blended from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Pale yellow with a nose of lemon, asparagus and crunchy green apple. The initial attack is very soft with elegant hints of quince, yellow apple and green melon. Not as steely as a Chablis nor as buttery as a Napa chard, it sits comfortably in the middle. It possesses a longish finish than refreshes and coaxes. I’m guessing there is no malolactic fermentation and a minimal amount of new oak, but it’s just a guess. Refreshing yet hearty. 91 points. The only drawback is the 14.5% alcohol which is well disguised. Nicely done and for $20, this is a 4 star wine. Salut….
From the Loire valley comes this Sauvignon Blanc. Pineapple and flint on the nose tell me this is going to be a rather refreshing wine. Crunchy acidic bite of green apples and pear greet the palate for an initial impression. Good vibrancy with a citrus mid palate that leads to a generous finish. Nicely balanced if you like this style of Sauvignon Blanc- steely, lean, not overoaked and refreshing. I served it with some Cajun spiced Cod and an arugula salad. 88 points from me and definitely a re-buy for $16. Perfect for a hot summer day with a salad, sitting by the pool or nibbling on oysters. 3 stars. Salut….
From the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa comes this sleek racy number. We ordered it at our Seasons 52 dinner for those who wanted white. I only got a sip or two in from Moxie’s glass so my notes were very thin. I will say it was a good wine and was enjoyed by all that partook. Lemon zest, apple and cut grass nose that led into a melange of key limes, gooseberry and some slate. Medium acidity with a mid palate cut finished out the lovely mouthfeel of this wine. I gave it 88 points. Having looked it up after the fact WS gave it 90, and it can be had for about $16- a decent price for this calibre of wine. 4 stars I reckon. Salut….
I got this bottle of dessert wine from a friend, it turns out to be a very generous one at that. This is a delicious sweet wine that screams Sauternes, needs a dollop of vanilla ice cream and would totally sort out some foie gras. The wine is a blend of mainly Semillon (61%) with the balance being Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are left to hang until super ripe with Botrytis Cinerea (Noble Rot) taking hold to further sweeten the grapes. This particular vintage weighs in at 14.3% alcohol and a manageable 13% Brix of residual sugar. What this means is that the wine is not overly sweet on my palate.
The bottle is capped in a dark yellow wax, the same color as the wine. It pours with an almost syrupy texture which translates to a really smooth unctuous mouthfeel. It begins with stewed Apricots, honey and walnuts on the nose, very inviting indeed. The first sip was nirvana for me, having just finished a feast of Filet Mignon with a bottle of 1997 Musar. The wine shows a gentle sweetness with honeyed apples and more apricot jam. Nuts and a touch of the wood come through on the mid plate where I made note that the Botrytis was ‘balanced’. I have no idea what I meant but it sounded good at the time. The Sauvignon Blanc contributes a nice acidic component that balances the whole package out nicely. Moxie and I polished half the 500ml bottle off in no time, saving the rest for tonight. I can’t wait to see it’s evolution overnight as the cork fell out letting it aerate thoroughly.
Very pricy at $89 and only available at the cellar door in Calistoga or by mail. I loved it and am going with 93 points and 4 stars for the effort. You won’t find excellent dessert wines for a steal, they are in a league of their own. This example happens to be really good and worthy of it’s lofty price if you have a special occasion and really enjoy this style of wine, which I do. Salut….