Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel 2016
Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel 2016 stgarts off with enticing floral aromas with rose petal and cherry. The bouquet is nicely balanced with a touch of citrus, spicy fruit flavor and crisp orange zest. The great framework of rounded acidity, along with the refreshing finish, lingers between tartness and fruitiness.
Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2014$58
The Tablas Creek Vineyard 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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.
Hartford Court Chardonnay 2016, Russian River Valley, CA$34
The Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016 is sourced from sustainably farmed, mostly old-vine, estate and “grower owned” Russian River Valley vineyards. Although this Chardonnay is elegant, it also has a medium to full bodied mid-palate and is partially defined by the crisp acidity and subtle quinine and crystallized ginger notes in the finish. Gravenstein apple, exotic citrus and floral notes highlight both the aromatic flavor profiles and complement the bright textural elements that make this a delicious Chardonnay!