Steven Kent Merrillie Chardonnay 2015, Mission Ranch, Arroyo Seco$34.00Add to cart
The Mirassou family – the oldest winemaking family in the United States – have been pioneers in a number of important ways. One of the most relevant in terms of this new Chardonnay release is that they were the first family to plant vineyards in modern-day Monterey County in 1961. Aged on the lees for about 10 months and barrel-fermented in about 50% new French oak, three sub-lots of Chardonnay were blended and bottled without filtration or fining. Each sub-lot (of roughly equal size) was fermented with a different yeast regimen. For one portion we did “native” fermentation (letting the ambient yeast environment ferment the must) while the other lots were fermented with one of our favored cultured
yeasts: CY-3079 and QA23. Each lot was wonderfully individualistic, differing in flavor, aroma, and texture. Together, they created a wine of finesse and elegance; mouth-filling richness underscored by precise, length-producing acidity.
Stolpman Roussanne 2017, Ballard Canyon$34.00Add to cart
The French named the grape “Roussanne” after the elusive rust color that develops late in the year, usually not until November. Cold nights and limestone ensure the Stolpman Roussanne 2017 retains balance even as the Thanksgiving holiday approached. The intense Santa Barbara sun and the absence of harvest-time rain combine to ensure the grapes taste fresh and vibrant. This is a voluptuously rich, full-bodied white wine. The 2017 Roussanne remains bright and lively thanks to relatively high acid from the addition of a small amount of Chardonnay. This wine is exceedingly approachable now, or cellar it two to five years for an even more luxuriously rich profile. A creamy mouthfeel with a bouquet of white flower, lemon meringue, and sweet cedar. Pair it with Sushi, Ramen, or Pho! Or throw some shrimp on the barbecue!
Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2016$58.00Add to cart
The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2016 Esprit de Tablas Blanc is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. Rousanne provides the core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while Grenache Blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul Blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality and tropical notes. The 2016 vintage was the third consecutive drought year and saw the earliest-ever beginning to the growing season. The result was a vintage with excellent concentration balanced by good freshness, which should be vibrant and powerful young, but with the balance to age. The 2016 Esprit de Tablas Blanc has an appealing nose of fresh pears, wildflower honey and candied pecan, lifted by a spicy notes of anise and orange blossom. The mouth shows flavors of salted honeydew, honeycrisp apple, and more pear, with floral notes of jasmine and citrus blossom reemerging on the long, clean, spicy finish. Already delicious, it should also go out 15 years or more and gain additional nuttiness and complexity with time.
Tangent Pinot Gris 2018, Paragon Vineyard$20.00Add to cart
“Gris” is the French word for gray and describes the color of these grapes, which can also create a rosé wine. Known as Pinot Grigio in Italy (“Grigio” is Italian for gray) this is an easy-drinking and food-friendly wine. Pale, straw-yellow. Pungent pear skin, lemon pith, honey and floral aromas are lifted by a gingery nuance. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering nicely concentrated pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that are brightened by an undercurrent of dusty minerality. Smoothly plays weight off energy and finishes long and spicy, displaying resonating, sharply defined citrus fruit character. 90 points Vinous.
Teeter Totter Chardonnay 2017$35.00Add to cart
Teeter Totter’s third Chardonnay release maintains the same characteristics it has come to be known for. The powerful pure taste of fruit paired with toast, honey and brioche. The full body palate finishes smoothly and leaves you lingering for more. The 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay is terrific, with a fresh, lively yet textured style that’s a joy to drink. White peach, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and a kiss of brioche all emerge from this impeccably balanced Chardonnay that has a delicious saltiness and surprising length. It shines for its purity and elegance, and will keep for at least 4-5 years.
Trecini Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Russian River$18.00Add to cart
Cool fermented over several weeks to develop complexity, and preserve the more delicate qualities and enhance the charm of this aromatic grape. The nose is Classic Russian River Sauvignon Blanc character, with citrus, grass and dried herbs, that are highlighted with scents of dried tropical fruits, that is complemented with an exotic spice and clean mineral tone. 96 Points/Gold – Los Angeles Wine Competition
White Oak Chardonnay 2016, Russian River$25.00Add to cart
Golden delicious apple, Anjou pear and subtle toasty oak notes form the basis of this impeccably balanced Chardonnay. The tropical fruit flavors and the weight of this wine along with a silky texture combine to create an exceptionally long finish. 100% Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley.
White Oak Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Russian River$21.00Add to cart
Aromas of stone fruit with hints of fresh cut hay along with notes of kiwi fruit and citrus blossom come forward from this wine. On the pallet, flavors include tangerine, muddled thyme and hints of almond all balanced with crisp acidity, leading to a lingering finish.