White Wine

  • Wines from Puligny-Montrachet are typified by aromas and flavors of green apple and lemon and tend to be tauter and firmer on the palate compared to wines from neighboring villages. Aging in a small percentage of new French oak barrels lends accents of toast and vanilla. Structured white wines with high acid and grip, Puligny-Montrachet is destined for long aging. White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, pairs well with white fish and shellfish and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer climates lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.
  • Chardonnay blended with white Rhône and aromatic varieties, equally bold and intriguing—a luscious entry of toasted hazelnut and mandarin is balanced by bright acidity and minerality. The finish is rich and creamy with flavors of lemon zest and caramelized sugar. Rhone-style white blend. We 91pts, WW 90pts.
  • The 2018 Chardonnay comes 95% from Carneros and 5% from Napa Valley. Barrel fermented in 33% new oak, it spent eight months on the lees, and 18% went through malolactic. It was bottled June 1, 2019. Slowly, it reveals very pretty poached pears, apple pie and apricot scents with touches of beeswax, toasted almond and lanolin. Medium-bodied, the palate has great poise and finesse, delivering a racy backbone and loads of tight-knit stone fruit flavors, finishing long and toasty. 100% Chardonnay. RP 90 pts.
  • Delicately enticing scents of beeswax, honey and wildflower aromas mingle with whiffs of ripe apple. The aromas carry on to the medium-bodied palate along with a mineral note. 100% pinot blanc.
  • I like the freshly sliced apples and pears on offer here, which work well with the fresh sea-salt and thyme character. Lively acidity lifts the light-to medium-bodied palate right off the ground and carries citrus flavors taut and delicious. From organically grown grapes. 100% Vermentino. JS 91 pts, WS 90 pts.
  • The Cederberg style Chenin Blanc offers beautiful layers of melon, grapefruit & fleshy white pear. Four months lees contact ensured a mouth coating creaminess on the palate with a lively crisp acidity to finish off. Altitude vineyards make this Chenin Blanc truly unique. This wine will be well suited to creamy dishes as well as light summer lunches.
  • The old vines here do give some concentration. More importantly, they give a great swathe of ripe fruit that is so crisp and refreshing. Lemon and the lightest texture are lifted by intense acidity and a lively, fresh aftertaste.
  • The folks at Chehalem suppress malo on this tank-fermented chardonnay, highlighting the full range of aromas and flavors of the Willamette Valley fruit. Pure and explosive aromatics redolent of late-summer/early fall farmers' market-stone fruit, citrus, melon, green apple and pear notes are grounded with earthy vanilla and spicy ginger. On the palate the tart, vibrant fruit is balanced by a shock of mineral. 100% Chardonnay. WE 90 pts.
  • The 2018 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres, matured in up to 35% new oak, was showing a touch of reduction on the nose like the En Remilly, although it was far easier to discern the intense citrus and Granny Smith apple scents underneath. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, lightly honeyed fruit, not a complex Champs Gain but one endowed with nascent energy and there is a pleasant prickle of spice on the finish. Give this a couple of years in barrel to show what it can do.  RP 90 pts.
  • The upper Loire Valley is known for two iconic wine growing sub-regions – Pouilly Fume, and Sancerre. Nearly all wine cultivated in these areas are from the Sauvignon Blanc variety. Crisp, appropriately acidic, and aromatic, these wines are an amazing experience on both the nose and palate.Mostly unoaked, these wines have amazing structure with perfumy notes of grapefruit and gooseberry with a slight note of honey. These wines pair amazingly well with nearly all kinds of seafood and salad greens with citrus or vinegar based dressings. This Domaine de Saint-Pierre Sancerre shows the classic structure of Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality and dryness coupled with citrus and tree fruit like pear and apple. 100 % Sauvignon Blanc.
  • The 2017 Chardonnay Arthur was aged 10 months in about 15% new oak and has pure aromas of golden apples, quince, toast, honey, almonds and notions of elderflower, hay and chamomile. The light to medium-bodied palate is silky and delicate with mouthwatering acidity and a long, lively finish. 100% Chardonnay. RP 92 pts, WS 91 pts.
  • The color of the wine is a light gold. The nose has melon and pear with a slight minerality, some floral notes, a piece of Tic-Tac shell, and a chunk of drying Autumn grass. On the palate it's medium bodied with a creamy and rich mouthfeel, a medium acidity, and a little bit of astringency. For flavors it keeps things simple with peaches and pears, and bursts into sour apple on the bright and tart finish. 100% Chardonnay
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