Posts Tagged ‘White’

2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros

Clear deep straw in color, this unfined and unfiltered wine is already throwing tartrate “wine crystals.” In the nose, high-toned baking spices and butter intermingle with a scent of orange extract. The initial palate impression is viscous and… Read more


2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Riesling, Monterey County

A pear blossom perfume gives way to effusive ripe peach and apricot in the nose. In the mouth, sweet orange emerges. In the past, many California Rieslings have been overblown, flabby and not particularly distinctive. Could this party in a glass… Read more


2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Lightly perfumed, with subtle green apple and sweet honey aromas. The wine is more expansive in the mouth, with a note of sponge cake emerging. A nicely balanced wine, and while it doesn’t seem that big in the nose and mouth, the finish lingers… Read more


2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Minnesota Cuvee’ Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

The “Minnesota” refers to the source of the oak used to make the barrels in which this cuvee was aged — the winemaker’s home state. Clear straw in color, the lightly perfumed wine has forward toast and spice flavors, neatly framing apple… Read more


2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Island Block’ Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

Clear straw in color, this wine exudes warm butter-kissed apple, joined by impressions of stone fruit, tropical fruit, vanilla and baking spices. Medium-full in the mouth, with the ripe buttered fruit carrying through to the moderately long finish…. Read more


2012 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Brilliant medium straw in color, with green highlights, this focused wine oozes smoky oak and clarified butter aromas, leading to flavors of poached pear, baking spice and peach. It really sweetens up in the mouth, and has a long, palate-coating… Read more


2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

Practice your glass swirling technique, because you’re going to need it for this wine, which presents an initial impression of cat pee — not unusual for Sauvignon Blanc. But with vigorous swirling, that “aroma” dissipates, giving way to an… Read more


2013 Paul Dolan Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County

Floral and fruit forward, this wine presents good acidity in the mouth with a touch of rosewater viscosity. Notes of lime, white peach, banana and lemongrass entice the nose, refresh the palate and invite another sip. A real gem from the little… Read more


2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Riesling, Monterey

Riesling from California often is made in a style that surrenders complexity for sweetness. This is not one of them. A mélange of fruit impressions — apricot, pineapple, Granny Smith apple, banana chip — waft in and out of the glass, leading to… Read more


2013 Carmel Road ‘Unoaked’ Chardonnay, Monterey

The “Unoaked” designation provides an opportunity to taste what Chardonnay grapes smell and taste like without the addition of aromas and flavors provided by oak barrels, staves or chips. In this case, Carmel Road has crafted a light, easy… Read more