Posts Tagged ‘White’

2014 Wakefield Estate Riesling, Clare Valley

Clear pale straw color. Varietal scents of apple, perfumed flowers, lemon, and lime lead to similar flavors in the mouth. As it warmed in the glass, a dash of rosewater emerged. Made dry and sporting an alcohol rating just shy of 12%, it is no… Read more


2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills

Brilliant pale straw color. Inviting aromas of subtle baking spices, white flowers, green apple, peach, and saline minerality waft from the glass. These flavors follow through on the palate, picking up a lingering note of nougat at the finish. This… Read more


2013 Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio, Monterey

A brilliant light straw color. In the glass, straightforward aromatics of sweet apple, pear, a hint of banana, and a touch of wet stone minerality. These flavors follow through in the mouth, backed by a juicy acidity. This is a versatile white that… Read more


2013 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley/Adelaide Hills, Australia

This wine initially shows sweet vanillin oak, a bit of smoke and a wisp of pear. More fruit emerges in the mouth as ripe pear fruit comes to the fore. A kiss of buttered toffee lingers in the finish. A cool-climate wine that would be a nice… Read more


2013 Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnay, Envoy, Carneros, Sonoma County

A clear, deep straw color. Prominent spicy oak aromas and toasted nuts lead to butter and then orange, nectarine, and tropical fruits. Good viscosity in the mouth, with well-knit flavors of ripe stone fruit, baking spices, hazelnut, and cream. This… Read more


2013 Sonoma-Loeb Viognier, Carneros, Sonoma County

Medium straw in color. A cornucopia of exotic flowers and tropical fruits explodes from the glass, including essence of banana, honeysuckle, honeydew, green papaya, and ripe apricot. In the mouth, there is a velvety, lush texture that supports the… Read more


2013 Sonoma-Loeb Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

Bright pale straw color. The clean, enticing nose delivers aromas of Granny Smith apple, lemon-lime, honeyed flowers, and herbal notes. It is crisp in the mouth, with a juicy, sweet-tart palate impression, which then leads to a melony roundness at… Read more


2012 Patz & Hall ‘Hyde Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Carneros

Clear deep straw in color, this unfined and unfiltered wine is already throwing tartrate “wine crystals.” In the nose, high-toned baking spices and butter intermingle with a scent of orange extract. The initial palate impression is viscous and… Read more


2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Riesling, Monterey County

A pear blossom perfume gives way to effusive ripe peach and apricot in the nose. In the mouth, sweet orange emerges. In the past, many California Rieslings have been overblown, flabby and not particularly distinctive. Could this party in a glass… Read more


2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Lightly perfumed, with subtle green apple and sweet honey aromas. The wine is more expansive in the mouth, with a note of sponge cake emerging. A nicely balanced wine, and while it doesn’t seem that big in the nose and mouth, the finish lingers… Read more