Holy S#!+! Yeah that wa the first thing I said upon tasting. Bright yellow gold. Abundant nose of yellow apple/brown pear dumpling with spices and buttery crust. Full-bodied palate echoes the nose adding a hint of caramel and eucalyptus. Medium acidity from entry to finish, which is long and luxurious. An excellent example of premium Napa Valley Chardonnay at a very good price. Complex on the palate but still an easy drink, the Piña Low Vineyard will pair nicely with heartier white wine fare but especially richly sauced casseroles or lobster in any of its popular forms (boiled and buttered at the top of the list). I’m having mine with salmon in butter garlic sauce. Drink now through 2029. — a day ago
We know we pay a preimum for Burgundy and so here we have a quality entry with a bit of inflation. Nothing not expected. Very traditional with a shy personality and delicate nuances. A muted nose - lemon, green apple, white lilies, and hidden vanilla. Long lasting complete flavors of spiced lemon, crisp pear. Neutral oak influences mostly the mouthfeel and that is where I find most of the pleasure. Perfectly spherical texture in three full dimensions. Acid curving into cream curving into acid. The circle of life. I enjoyed this best at room temperature. — 4 days ago
Ok, first off this is the Gewürtztraminer Orange, or an orange wine version with lots of skin contact in the making. Second, it’s on the old side with lots of sediment on the bottom. That said, let’s dance: brownish orange hue, very good clarity but with sediment (yeast, lees, funk we should not dwell on as we partake). Some floral and spice notes in nose, faintly. Dry, lots of skin tannins albeit mellowed, spice, GT fruit and good acidity in mouth. Probably past its peak but still drinkable. Room temp preferred. Hope the winemaker keeps making this one. Also pairs well with a revisit to the original 1998 anime version of Cowboy Bebop. — 11 days ago
Who drinks P Manseng? This is a BA local, SF medal winner that is unique and awesome. PM grapes are small and make sweeter wines. Next time I make Rice Krispie treats teriyaki jerky, this is the call. Great too with funky French cheeses. Very nice wine. — 3 months ago
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Delectable family.
Good wine, good food, good to see family again, good to hear a favorite song about '...twenty-seven eight-by-ten color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back...' all makes for a perfect afternoon.
Nose has cold caramel candy, baked yellow apple, faint green herbs, warm butter and saturated oak barrel.
Palate has toffee chips, under-ripe yellow apple, baked apple, dried lemon, dried pineapple, great acidity with medium finish; still holding strong.
Good storage means everything to longevity. — 6 days ago
it's been a few vintages since i had vitkin's entry-level ' white journey'.
starting as a boutique winery avoiding the expected cab sauvignon, Merlot and chardonnay they grew but still play it different.
this is mostly old vine colombard with added granache blanc, chenin, viognier & gewurzterminer. a very small part in oak.
what a lovely surprise. full body and medium - acidity with mostly flowers, some greeness and citrus variety with grapefruit forward.
great 💪 sipper.
exceptional vfm (2 for 120 nis).
red journey report in a bit. — 5 days ago
A trip down memory lane – Lisbon and all its wonders are reflected in this glass. Fernao Pires (45), Seara Nova (45%) and Moscatel-Gruado (10%).
Fermented in stainless steel with no oak. Straw-yellow in color, it has aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and citrus, but with a well-balanced dryness and acidity. It’s at once fresh and full of character, the perfect companion for a classic seafood dish from the Portuguese coast: a simply mixed fish grill with seasonal vegetables. Also amazing with chicken mole enchiladas from Mexico City Café.
Splash Wines: “For such a small country - only about the same overall size as Maine or Indiana - Portugal offers so much: history, culture, food, wine (not the least of which, with Port, is one of the world's most famous single beverages). The people are warm, generous, hardworking, and globally aware, with strong senses of both pride and humor about their place on the planet. How fortunate we are to have the chance to know them and their country through an industry that has really been surging in quality in recent years, as their reputation for making noble Port now extends to exceptional everyday whites and reds.
With a few exceptions, most of the grapes used in Portuguese wines are relatively unknown to the American wine drinker, and many were originally planted to be used in making port, or are a clone of one that was. It is home to hundreds of native grapes, and almost all bottled wines are blends of two or more. Both Vital and Seara Nova are traditional white grapes used in the area to the north and west of the capital city of Lisbon, previously called Estremadura, a long and thin region that runs along the Atlantic.”
— 15 days ago