Posts Tagged ‘White’

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


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