Posts Tagged White

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

While Wente’s historic home is California’s Livermore Valley, the family also has a well-sited vineyard in the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County, which has proven to be an ideal setting for growing Chardonnay. The 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay... Read more

2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

The Wente family has been making wine in California for a long time — including America’s first varietally-labeled Chardonnay in 1936. Today, fourth-generation winegrower Eric Wente prefers the “unoaked” style, and that’s why this wine... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Bright medium straw in hue, this wine shows toasty oak, smoke and some butter in the nose, leading to plump tropical fruit in the mouth. It’s a workhorse, value-priced wine that would pair nicely with simple fare such a grilled chicken or a turkey... Read more

2013 Hess Select Chardonnay, Monterey County

Looking for a “house white” for your house? It would be hard to beat this easy-drinking Chardonnay from Monterey County. Vivid medium-straw in color, it has alluring aromas of sweet lemon, butter, vanilla and baking spices. Tropical fruit notes... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Grand Reserve, California

Classic scents of butter, vanilla, and spiced oak frame sweet lemon curd and plush tropical fruit. The flavors are already knit together, and the wine is broad and palate-coating, exhibiting a rosewater unctuousness. Year after year, winemaster... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Knights Valley, Sonoma County

The Sauvignon grapes for this bottling come from the Helena Bench region of Knights Valley, on the northern slope of Mount St. Helena. Ten percent of the grapes harvested were of the fragrant Musqué clone, which contributes scents of white flowers... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County

For over three decades, Matanzas Creek Winery has been producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc made in California. This bottling comes from Bennett Valley, home to the Matanzas Creek Winery estate. At first pour, it exhibits a brilliant straw... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson Pinot Gris, Vintner’s Reserve, California

A vivid light straw color. In the nose, an abundance of fruit aromas lift from the glass, including ripe peach, honeydew melon, and fleshy tropical fruits. Significant dollops of Roussanne, Viognier, and Albariño add to the fruity bouquet. On first... Read more

2014 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley East Side

A vibrant pale straw color. It sports moderate scents of sweet pea, grass, citrus blossom, and banana apple, which all lead to a refreshing juiciness in the mouth. The fruit comes forward on the palate. It’s not a complex, herbal white Bordeaux.... Read more

2013 Cambria Chardonnay, Katherine’s Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley

Sporting a brilliant straw color in the glass, initial whiffs reveal layers of butter, spice, and smoke wrapped around baked apples, lemon oil, and stone fruit aromas of nectarine and white peach. The wine is medium-full in the mouth, with a plump,... Read more