2017 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris
Tasting Notes Citrus and melon. Effusive and aromatic. This wine is structured, precise and well balanced. Pair this wine with classic bouillabaisse, Cioppino or steamed mussels in garlic broth.
2018 Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Gewürztraminer$12.00Tasting Notes This is an aromatic wine with an enticing floral, almost sweet nose and initial aromas of grapefruit, citrus, tropical lychee, pineapple, melon, rose and pear. The 2018 Gewürz is a silky, rich wine with spicy flavors of apple, pear, grapefruit and nice acid balance on the finish.
2015 Matthiason ‘Michael Mara Vineyard’ Chardonnay$58.99Tasting Notes This wine has the white peach, toasted almond or marshmallow, and ripe pear nose that is expected with Chardonnay, as well as plenty of weight, length, and richness. It is not showy, however — it’s incredible opulence is natural, not created in the cellar. It has a distinct core of rock dust, or ground oyster shell, which is the distinguishing characteristic of the vineyard.
2017 Tablas Creek ‘Esprit de Tablas’ Blanc$51.99WA 92VN 94Wine Advocate 92: The 2017 Esprit Blanc de Tablas is made up of 68% Roussanne, 17% Grenache Blanc, 7% Picpoul Blanc, 4% Picardan and 4% Clairette Blanche. The nose features honey-drizzled apples, lychee, orange peel and musk with warm hay, crushed stone, quince and pie crust notions. Medium to full-bodied with intense honeyed flavors in the mouth, it has great juicy acidity to counter and a long, gently textured finish. "This is the first vintage of the Esprit de Tablas Blanc to have Clairette and Picardin," winemaker Jason Haas says, "because we wanted to include all the white grapes from Châteauneuf-du-Pape."Vinous 94: Limpid straw-yellow. A highly perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, buttered toast and succulent flowers, and a fennel nuance emerges with air. Shows superb depth and sharp delineation, offering vibrant tangerine, pear nectar, honeysuckle and succulent herb flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful, displaying sharp focus and minerally thrust on an impressively long finish that features repeating floral and orchard fruit notes.
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