2018 Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Gewürztraminer$14.00Tasting 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.
2017 Tablas Creek ‘Esprit de Tablas’ Blanc$52.00WA 92JD 91VN 94Vinous 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.
2017 Solomon Hills Estate Chardonnay$50.00WS 91JD 93WE 93VN 94Wine Spectator 91: Very crisp, featuring intense white currant, celery root and wild herbal flavors that are supported by fresh acidity. The contoured finish is driven by saline notes and flinty accents. Drink now through 2024.Jeb Dunnick 93: From a great site just down from Bien Nacido, in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2017 Chardonnay Solomon Hills reveals a medium gold color as well as a terrific bouquet of tart pineapple, peach, white flowers, and honeysuckle. With notable elegance, medium body, bright acidity, and a clean finish, it's a racy yet balanced and well-made effort from the region that has plenty of salty minerality as well as the capacity to evolve for over a decade.Wine Enthusiast 93: This fascinating wine begins with aromas of citrus spray and chamomile wrapped in toasted wood, offering much intrigue right away. Flavors of sour lemon candy are tight, tart and bright on the palate, which also shows warmer apple tones against a searing and sharp acidity. Drink now through 2032.Vinous 94: The 2017 Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard is quite a bit richer than the Bien Nacido Chardonnay tasted alongside it, but at the same time, it also has more energy, tension and overall volume. Tropical notes, white flowers, lemon confit, hazelnut, sage and mineral notes meld together in a potent, phenolic Chardonnay endowed with tremendous personality. The combination of bold, ripe fruit and vibrant structure is compelling.