2018 Rainstorm Pinot Gris
Tasting Notes ~ Tropical flavors and great acidity give this wine a clean finish. Pale gold with aromas of crisp pear, melon and honey blossom. Ideal with grilled chicken, fresh shellfish and pasta in a light cream sauce.
2017 Tablas Creek ‘Esprit de Tablas’ Blanc$52.00WA 92 VN 94Robert Parker's Wine 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.
2018 Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis Grand Cru ‘Les Clos’$121.00JS 95James Suckling 95 ~ There’s such richness from the very first impression with all manner of peaches and nectarines, as well as mangoes. Smooth, peach brulée and lemon curd. Some hazelnuts, too. The palate has a super fleshy feel, very plush, very seductive and a very long, full finish. Late, mineral stream here. Drink on release or hold. This will be best at 15+ years.
2018 Dufaitre Beaujolais-Villages Blanc$32.99Tasting Notes ~ This wine has a refined taste reminiscent of much fancier Burgundy, while there is still something that tells you it is Beaujolais. There is a savory backbone to this wine and it strikes the palate with real force, with a finish that stretches on and on.