Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2018, New Zealand$18.00
Fruit for the 2018 Mohua Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from a selection of vineyards within the Lower Wairau Valley, Rapaura and Southern Valley sub-regions of Marlborough. The fruit was harvested at optimum maturity, gently pressed and cool fermented to stainless steel to retain fruit flavor and freshness. The 2018 Mohua Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted aromas of passion fruit and lime. The palate is luscious with tropical fruit and bright citrus characters. Melon, guava and grapefruit flavors combine with a fresh acidity to give a long lingering finish.
Monthelie Blanc Cuvee Miss Armande 2015$38.00
Wedged between Volnay and Meursault, Monthelie produces vastly more red than white, making the 201 Chardonnay that much more unique and impressive: It is close to Meursault in both place of origin and style, showing serious power, perfume, and classic structure. Adding to the already considerable charm of this wine is its fantastic backstory. The name “Cuvée Miss Armande” refers (and pays tribute) to Armande Douhairet, who for many years helmed this family domaine. She had no heirs, and took the extraordinary step of legally adopting André Porcheret—a grown man and well-known Burgundy winemaking figure to boot—so that she could leave the domaine to him (she passed away in 2004).
In the glass, the 2014 “Cuvée Miss Armande” is a deep, reflective yellow-gold with slight hints of green at the rim. The nose is an assertive mix of Asian pear, apple blossoms, white flowers and Meyer lemon followed by notes of toasted hazelnut, white mushroom, beeswax, and even a hint of drawn butter (calling classic Meursault to mind). There’s a level of richness and accessibility that is perfectly framed by acidity, suggesting many years of positive evolution ahead. We’re intrigued to see what this wine becomes after 3-5 years more cellaring; my bet it that it will outperform lots of much-more-expensive competition. Enjoy this—it’s a truly fabulous Burgundy bargain!
Moone Tsai Chardonnay 2015, Napa County$75.00
The whims of Mother Nature were on full display during the 2015 growing season…marked by ample winter rains, a mild spring, hail in June, and intermittent waves of summer heat. A third and final temperature spike in early September compelled a spirited pick from our hallmark block on Bald Mountain, with the end result being a delightfully delicious chardonnay displaying both richness and resolve. On the nose, the wine expresses notes of star jasmine and citrus, giving way to flavors that tempt the palate with a pleasing panoply of lemon candy, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, and (wait for it…), a suggestion of bananas foster and crème brulée. Aged 17-months in 30% new French oak, the wine demonstrates a pleasingly light acidity to provide a refreshing counterpoint that balances the wine from start-to-finish. Teasingly inviting but refined in a way that memorable white burgundies can often be, the wine conjures up the dulcet tones of Fleetwood Mac’s sultry singer-songwriter, Christine McVie, who in her memorable hit, “You Make Loving Fun” compelled many of us who “never did believe in the ways of magic” to “…begin to wonder why.”
Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc 2017$17.00
The Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc 2017 “The Fume” is all about the fruit spectrum from citrus flavors through the tropical. Look for notes of tangerine, peach, pear, melon, and pineapple all brought together in a focused manner. The Irish are known for their wonderful oysters and this is the perfect wine for a big plate of oysters! 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
Neyers Vineyard Chardonnay 2016, Carneros, Sonoma County, California, USA$36.00
The 2016 vintage was great for Chardonnay, giving us
long, sunny days with mild temperatures that retained
the fruit’s natural acidity. Our fermentation was carried
out in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels
using native wild yeast, and periodically lees stirring. The
finished wine is rich and creamy with a charming
butterscotch component, and a trace of grilled bread in
Noria Chardonnay 2017, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast$29.00
The Noria Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 2017 is modeled after a style of Japanese sake called “Junmai-Ginjo”
Elegant aromas of apricot, lime, golden apple, honeysuckle as well as nuances of cardamom, tarragon, and basil. The decorous citrus flavor quickly develops on the palate. Lush, vibrant acidity is balanced well with a voluptuous mouthfeel. Hints of honey, caramel, and bay leaf add complexity and melt into a long finish. Elegant and complex. Enjoy the Noria Chardonnay with Yakitori , Grilled shell fish and Salmon au gratin.
Noria Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Bevill Family Vineyard, Russian River$24.00
Noria white wines are modeled after traditional Japanese sakes. They are especially made to balance the quiet shifts of flavor found in Japanese food. The Noria Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is modeled after a style of Japanese sake called “Dai-gingo”
Brilliant aromas of grapefruit, lime, pear, a hint of lychee, orange zest, bay leaf, flint stone, lemon grass, and pistachio. Refreshing flavor jumps out of a glass and lingers long. Vibrant yet delicate acidity balanced well with supple mouthfeel. Lively and smooth.
Pair the Noria Sauvignon Blanc with Tempura or White fish sashimi cured with Konbu.
Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Willamette Valley$42.00
The Chardonnay grapes for the Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2014 were grown at Ponzi’s Aurora and Avellana Vineyards, as well as Alloro Vineyard, all located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Chardonnay for this cuvée also comes from Thistle Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA. All fruit is LIVE or Certified Organic. The perfumed nose shows notes of white peach, rose petal, nectarine and ripe melon. The mouth is layered with flavors of shortbread, candied tangerine and warm spices. The lemon chiffon finish is long and silky. This is a delicious Chardonnay – ready to jump into warm weather and grilled fish dinners!
Rabble Chardonnay 2018$25.00
This label illustrates the Kraken attacking Dubrovnik. Aromatically the 2018 Rabble is driven with crushed pineapple, white peach, pear, and hazelnut notes. The 2018 vintage is characterized by being a drought year, which highlights the minerality in this wine. Wines from these years typically exhibit an interesting saline component “underneath” the fruit. On the palate the 2018 Rabble Chardonnay has luscious mouthfeel with bright acidity. The flavor profile begins with citrus, pear and transitions to a tropical laden finish driven with pineapple and guava.
Rabble Pinot Gris 2018$24.00
At the confluence of sun, snow, stream and sea is MurMur Vineyard. Planted in 2008 on south facing sandy slopes, the vineyard weathers 25 degree diurnal shifts, snow dustings, summer sun and bitter winds. The extremity of the climate creates fruit of uncommon concentration and uniform ripeness. Late morning fog, continually cool days and chilling afternoon winds add to a delicate yet flavorful wine. The 2018 Rabble Pinot Gris has a light golden color and a complex, fruit-scented nose that reveals layers of mango, jasmine tea, cinnamon, and cantaloupe. Smooth, light toasted walnut and honey balance the fruits, and give way to a crisp, lingering finish full of freshly cut grass and peaches.
Rabble Sauvignon Blanc 2018$25.00
The Rabble Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is one of their single varietal wines; uncorrupted and pure. The Rabble labels are renditions of historical wood block prints from the Nuremberg Chronicle (late 1400’s), textured and tactile, depicting nature’s wrath. Nature is ruthless when it goes ignored. This label illustrates the Pegasus being unchained! Bright and juicy flavors of tangerine, gooseberry and kiwi, all twine together and dance across the palate. A touch grassy with great minerality. The natural crisp and clean acidity acts as the backbone and gives the wine a cheerful liveliness. Zesty and delicious.