Posts Tagged White

2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy... Read more

2015 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

This winery was one of the first to lay claim to making a world-class Sauvignon Blanc in California some three decades ago. Time passes, and… nothing has changed. The grapes for this bottling are sourced from around 40 parcels of the best grapes... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards Chardonnay, Oregon

A first impression of bright apple gives way to kiwi and tropical fruit notes as this fresh and creamy wine opens up. Still a “toddler,” Burgundian in mouthfeel, and gradually transforming into a more viscous style of Chardonnay. The finish is... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Brilliant medium straw color. The welcoming nose delivers brash Meyer lemon zest, followed by light white-fleshed fruits, all neatly wrapped in spiced butter and cream. It’s palate-coating, with a long, mineral-driven finish that echoes the rich... Read more

2015 La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey

La Crema winery has been on a tear as of late. The 2013 and 2014 vintages were uniformly outstanding. It looks like the 2015 vintage will continue their hot streak. This wine shows a brilliant pale straw color in the glass. The alluring nose... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

For over four decades, Dry Creek Vineyard has produced a Fumé Blanc bottling – one of only a handful of California wineries that can claim such a long track record with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The use of the term Fumé, first coined in... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Musque, Taylor’s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Brilliant light straw color. Initial scents of varietal pea pod, grass and herbs lead to sweet floral impressions, followed by white pepper, tangerine, and peach. The Musque Clone is a type of Sauvignon Blanc, and here it has undergone 100%... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Block 10 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a brilliant, deep straw color. With a swirl and a sniff, the nose transports the taster to a time 25 years in the past – a happy time, when winemakers delivered pleasing Chardonnays full of baked apple pie aromas (complete with... Read more

2015 Liberated Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

A clear pale straw color in the glass. One sniff and – WOW! Heady aromas of fresh lime, quince and gooseberry are upfront, followed by a backdrop of perfumed flowers, steel, and chalky minerality. It’s medium-bodied, with a juicy acidity that... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

A surprisingly deep, clear, yellow straw color in the glass. Butter and baking spices cloak ample ripe scents of orange and cream (think Dreamsickle), honeydew, baked apple, and ripe stone fruit. Despite the richness of the nose and the buttered... Read more