Posts Tagged ‘White’

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Searby Vineyard, Russian River Valley

You’re in for a Rued awakening when you smell this wine — and we mean that in a good way. Anyone familiar with Chardonnay clones would take one whiff of this Searby Vineyard bottling and know that the vineyard is planted with the Rued clone —… Read more


2012 Migration Chardonnay, Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

When it comes to Chardonnay, most renditions are rich and fat (the favored style in California for the last two decades of the 20th century) or bright and refreshing (embraced by most Burgundian vintners). Rare is the Chardonnay that manages to… Read more


2012 Migration Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is considered Migration’s flagship wine, although not in the sense that one associates the term “flagship” with, say, Kendall-Jackson’s “Vintner’s Reserve” Chardonnay. Whereas K-J seeks to emulate a house style vintage after… Read more


2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Although the broad “Sonoma Coast” AVA is listed on the label, this wine was made from grapes grown in a single vineyard in Green Valley — a small AVA within the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Green Valley is the coolest growing… Read more


2013 J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Bright straw color. How do we say this? The initial aromatics demonstrate an herbal, pastural quality. But, once we get past that, this white provides ample grapefruit and note of tangerine, along with varietal trademark grassiness. There is a… Read more


2013 J. Lohr ‘Flume Crossing’ Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Light straw color. This is an eminently likeable, fruit-forward style of Sauvignon Blanc, showing zesty lime, white grapefruit, passionfruit, a hint of banana, and fresh snap pea. It has a juicy vibrancy on the palate, a note of creaminess from… Read more


2012 Dry Creek Chardonnay, Block 10, Russian River Valley

Brilliant straw color. Initial aromas of smoky oak and buttered toast pull back to reveal cream and moderate white peach, apple, and green tropical fruits. In the mouth, the creamy fruit spreads out, picking up a note of cinnamon. This Chardonnay is… Read more


2013 Murphy-Goode ‘The Fumé’ Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Brilliant light straw color. Aromatically, this wine is a veritable fruit salad, releasing scents of honeydew, citrus, tropical fruits, and white flowers. In the mouth, there is ample acidity to balance against the plump fruit flavors. A ghostly… Read more


2013 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

At its inception 30 years ago, Ferrari-Carano quickly established a reputation as a producer of world-class Chardonnay. Those of us who visited the winery back then found the Sauvignon Blanc bottlings to be similarly outstanding. Today, the yearly… Read more


2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Clear straw color with an occasional light green glint. The nose shows an ample concentration of ripe apple and stone fruit, with notes of brown spices, vanilla, and butter. The juicy, spiced fruit expands in the mouth, finishing with a kiss of… Read more