Un Chardonnay Californien de la vallée de Santa Maria 2016 qui ne fait pas trop “Américain super boisé” justement, rien de super complexe mais assez frais, une acidité moyenne sans que ce ne soit trop riche ou trop lourd. 89-90
A nice Chardonnay 2016 from Presqu’Ile winery in Santa Maria Ca, nothing complex but fresh and very enjoyable. — 11 days ago
I swooped this random Portuguese white blend from my local when I needed something light to pair with a seafood paella I was making last night. This is a blend of three grapes I have very little experience with: Bical, Maria Gomes (Fernão Pires) and Cerceal. The wine pours a bright golden color with medium viscosity. One the nose, the wine is medium intensity with green apple, pear, star fruit, grass clippings, verbena and honeysuckle. On the palate, pears, green apple, minerals and beeswax. Medium+ acid. The finish is long and lip smacking. This was a really huge surprise and massively satisfying for under $20. Yet another reason why I should be drinking more Portuguese whites. — 10 days ago
A producer I’ve had a handful of times, and really find myself wondering why I’m not putting more focus/attention on Paul Lato wines.
Gorgeous translucent ruby color in the glass sporting 13.9ABV. I followed this out of the bottle over the course of a few hours and it showed well from pop all the way to the end. Profile here is restrained richness. I didn’t pick up any whole cluster/stem inclusion spice or greenness. Aromatically it is filled with cranberries, black raspberries, bright floral tones, and cracked peppercorns. Beautifully balanced on the palate with vibrant acidity. A back and forth between dark red spiced fruits and herbal/crunchy flair. Black tea and even some savory iron notes too. Still young and will improve, but this is already excellent. — 23 days ago
A nice Syrah from Randall Grahm … I like it more than previous efforts at Bonny Doone. Blackberry. December 2021. — 5 days ago
Definitely one of the better Chenin Blancs I've had. Balanced, not tart, or grassy, or overly fruity. Solid. One of my favorite whites in a long time! Z really liked it too. Took to Etts for Thanksgiving.
Got at Vendome. Not a cheap white at $26+ (can't remember exact $), but you get what you pay for. — 11 days ago