Raventos I Blanc

Raventos i Blanc

L'hereu Conca del Riu Anoia Blanc de Blancs Xarello Blend 2018

Good-almost-great Cava. Leans a bit fruitier and more on that brioche end of things than I prefer but it definitely delivers. — a day ago

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Agnès et René Mosse

Arena Savennières Chenin Blanc 2015

Vintage 2015 | The terroir dominates, this wine smells - almost stinks - of flint, soooo much minerality it pushes the character back of the Chenin Blanc. But I do not mind. A little, very little, touch of sweetness on the beginning of the tongue, very vibrant and expressive acids. The more I tasted the more I liked the wine. Paired with Dim Sun and Cantonese style Halibut with sugarsnaps. Lovely! — 9 days ago

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Les Pierres Qui Décident Sauvignon Blanc

Alex Lallos
9.4

Reminds me of bordeaux blanc. Got to try this with winemaker bibiana Pisoni. Such a treat!!! I don’t think there is a better Sauvignon blanc in California. stunning — 9 days ago

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Domaine Huet

Clos Du Bourg Vouvray Chenin Blanc 1989

Vintage 1989 | 🤩 | Chenin Blanc par excellence with honey, apricot, hints of tobacco, minerality. Awesome balance with vibrant acidity, I think this wine can age ten, twenty years móre effortless. Dreamwine. | with Terrine Foie Gras | at restaurant Cas Pikaar Hilvarenbeek — 14 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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@Severn Goodwin @Tom Casagrande @romo @Jan A @Peter Sultan thanks. It was a splendid day with the opportunity to open three birthyear-wines, i enjoyed it thoroughly 😁
Andrew Schirmer

Andrew Schirmer

Great pull. Love these Huet 80s x
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Your bday @Peter van den Besselaar? Well then a very happy bday, & well curated wines as always. Plus extra points for having the discipline to not open that Huet till now

Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières Chenin Blanc 2012

Chenin ❤️‘ s botrytis

Unlike anything I’ve had nor was it what I was expecting. After the first sip (or the first pour), I had to set aside all previous experiences with Savienniéres. I mean—just look at that color.

Do not mistake the browning for oxidation (Nicolas Joly makes this distinction clear on the back label and on his website). The wine is developed, and there are oxidative notes, but the fruit flavors are still there, ripe and vibrant.

This is distilled essence of Chenin Blanc right here. Green apple, pear, apricot, beeswax, honey and almond. A dominant honey note but not sweet. White pepper and maybe a hint of ginger. That lanolin note hasn’t completely disappeared, but takes a back seat. Imagine a dry Sauternes…

Nicolas Joly recommends decanting and drinking over several nights. I skipped the first part of that recommendation and am working on the second this week.

Ordinarily, I’m not sure Joly would approve of my choice of “glassware,” but under the circumstances (birthday + oysters + a perfect afternoon watching the ocean mist rolling in over Tomales Bay) I have to imagine he’d be 100% on board.

Not bad for an 882nd consecutive vintage!
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Happy birthday, a great wine to celebrate.

Greyrock

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Rosé 2020

I love this! So refreshing and well balanced. Tangerine, pineapple, and raspberry notes. Great for $12. — 15 hours ago

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Côte West

Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2018

100 days of skin contact sounds almost biblical, but it hits the Goldilock’s “just right” spot just right when it comes to orange wine—in this case Sauvignon Blanc.
Mango, mandarin orange, grapefruit pith, saffron and tumeric with a real salinity - and touch of volcanic earth (pine mountain soils) - on the nose and finish.
When I visited the winery (based in east Oakland), Brett mentioned that a couple of months into the maceration “experiment” the ferment started smelling really funky, but then once day 90 arrived the really funky stuff faded and the wine got pretty. I’d agree; this is a really pretty, very distinctive and texturally exciting wine.
— 16 days ago

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Florèz Wines

Shangra-li Mendo Savv-B 2020

Looks like grapefruit juice in the glass. Smells of seashore and pomelo. Palate is lovely and complex. Tart limes, sea brine, some wood, a hint of tropical fruits, more citrus flavors, grass/hay component. It lingers on my palate with an almost nuttiness. I really enjoy this. It reminds me of some scholium project wines I’ve had in the past. — 5 days ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Fumé Blanc 2017

It has been a long time since I have had this wine! Crisp acidity, white flowers especially on the finish, grapefruit, apples, lemon, apricots a hint of creaminess on midpalate. Exactly what I was looking for on a humid evening! 14.5 alc. Is hiding in there! 🤔 — 9 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

I've never had this wine variety before. Something to try. Cheers! 🥂

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Domaine Chinon Chenin Blanc 2018

Quite different that I remembered for this wine - less intense acidity, slightly more tropical almost. Still a nice wine. — 6 days ago

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Michael Greene

Michael Greene

@Pooneet K agree on the tropical notes. Northern Europe roasted in 2018 and had a massive drought…I remember london - usually lush and green - being brown. Cool climate Loire it was not…
Pooneet K

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Very interesting!