Posts Tagged 2015

2015 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

This winery was one of the first to lay claim to making a world-class Sauvignon Blanc in California some three decades ago. Time passes, and… nothing has changed. The grapes for this bottling are sourced from around 40 parcels of the best grapes... Read more

2015 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey

La Crema winery has been on a tear as of late. The 2013 and 2014 vintages were uniformly outstanding. It looks like the 2015 vintage will continue their hot streak. This wine shows a brilliant pale straw color in the glass. The alluring nose... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

For over four decades, Dry Creek Vineyard has produced a Fumé Blanc bottling – one of only a handful of California wineries that can claim such a long track record with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The use of the term Fumé, first coined in... Read more

2015 Liberated Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

A clear pale straw color in the glass. One sniff and – WOW! Heady aromas of fresh lime, quince and gooseberry are upfront, followed by a backdrop of perfumed flowers, steel, and chalky minerality. It’s medium-bodied, with a juicy acidity that... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

Pale straw in color. One of the least known wine appellations in California is Clarksburg, located on the rich delta soil south of Sacramento. Here, mild winters and balmy summers allow Chenin Blanc to ripen to perfection. This white varietal has a... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

The color is a very pale straw, which belies the cascade of floral aromas, honeydew, citrus, and tropical fruits that gush from the glass and onto the palate. Although the juice was stainless steel fermented, some batches saw time in oak and... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Transparent in the glass, with a light neon coral tint. First and foremost – this… is… not… white… zinfandel! Those expecting several percent of residual sugar will be sadly disappointed (the .4% sugar present is not noticeable on the... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc, East Side Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

The pale straw color belies the sweet fruit aromas and flavors of this 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Those who favor dry, herbal, citric renditions of Sauvignon Blanc will scratch their heads at this wine – but will still gulp it down. Made in an off-dry... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli ‘Friend’s White,’ Sonoma County

Spring has arrived, can summer be far behind? This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer has been crafted with picnics and pool parties in mind. The sweet, fragrant nose conjures up honeysuckle, tangerine blossom, sweet melon, and tropical... Read more

2015 Wakefield Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia

This is that most rare of wines: a Wine Lines Featured Wine (meaning it has earned a score of at least 90 points on our 100-point grading scale) and a Wine Lines Value Vino (meaning it has earned a score of at least 88 points and is priced at $20 or... Read more