Posts Tagged White

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This wine was barrel fermented, and then spent eight months in French oak barrels, a third of which were being filled for the first time. Yet there’s nary a hint of oak in the aromas or flavors of this fruit-forward wine. Rather, it shows off... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Grilled shrimp? Check. Seared scallops? Double check. Lemon-herb chicken? Triple check. This is the wine to open with lighter, mildly seasoned dishes because the wine itself is light and mildly seasoned — think: sage, thyme and Sauvignon Blanc’s... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg, California

You could scan the thousands of wines reviewed by Wine Lines over the years, and you would find only a handful that are both Featured Wines (earning a rating of 90 points or higher) and a Value Vino (earning a rating of 88 or higher while priced at... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

A Sauvignon Blanc with a Chardonnay-like mouthfeel, this is the first Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc release that incorporates estate-grown Sauvignon Gris in the blend. Sauvignon Gris is a natural genetic variant of Sauvignon Blanc, and we... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Margaret Valley, Australia

Wakefield sources fruit from two distinct areas for two distinct reasons for this wine. The grapes from Margaret River provide “restraint and elegance,” while the Clare Valley grapes provide “mid-palate freshness.” The result is a Chardonnay... Read more

2013 Murrieta’s Well ‘The Whip,’ Livermore Valley

This wine is almost as much fun to smell as it is to drink — undoubtedly due to its Orange Muscat, Viognier, Gewurztraminer and White Riesling components, which collectively represent 34 percent of the blend. The rest is Semillon, Chardonnay and... Read more

2014 Wakefield Estate ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Riesling, Clare Valley, Australia

Rarely do we recommend cellaring a Riesling from Australia’s Clare Valley. Such suggestions are reserved for the Rieslings of Germany and Austria. Normally, Clare Valley’s renditions are packed with fruit flavors and ready to enjoy upon release.... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy

Light straw in hue, this wine shows flowers and honey in the nose, along with impressions of banana essence and marshmallow. Chill it down for a nice summer sipper. MSRP: $14 (July 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Chardonnay, North Coast

Medium straw in color, this is a simple, inoffensive rendition of Chardonnay, with Gage plum, a slathering of butter and some oak-tinged flavors in the background. Impressions of buttered fruit and baking spice linger on the finish. MSRP: $14... Read more

2014 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

When a winery or vintner makes the decision to eschew oak barrel aging, they're taking a calculated risk: Without the aromas and flavors imparted by oak, the aromas and flavors of the grapes must stand on their own. Well, that “risk” turned out... Read more