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The Bee Flora & Fauna White Blend

9.193 ratings
9.016 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
White Blend
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

Green and yellow fruit, sl. tropical, yellow flowers, honey, starchy (fruity pebbles), almost a kiss of oxidation for me. Not excessively grapey or heady, love the nice clean finish and steely minerality, very refreshing

Green and yellow fruit, sl. tropical, yellow flowers, honey, starchy (fruity pebbles), almost a kiss of oxidation for me. Not excessively grapey or heady, love the nice clean finish and steely minerality, very refreshing

Sep 8th, 2019
Amer S. Ahmed

Gorgeous and thought-provoking wine from the CA North Coast, full of wild flowers and honeycomb on the nose, with a medium palate of lemon rind, salty hazelnuts, fennel seeds, barely ripe apricot, ginger, and honeysuckle, following through to a mouth watering finish that tingles and lasts. Delightful to sip on and exciting with summer or fall fruit tinged salads

Gorgeous and thought-provoking wine from the CA North Coast, full of wild flowers and honeycomb on the nose, with a medium palate of lemon rind, salty hazelnuts, fennel seeds, barely ripe apricot, ginger, and honeysuckle, following through to a mouth watering finish that tingles and lasts. Delightful to sip on and exciting with summer or fall fruit tinged salads

Sep 18th, 2018
William Hughes

Rich with a racy finish. Jasmine, a mix of tropical fruits, salty, and stony. Enjoyable and outside the white I often drink.

Rich with a racy finish. Jasmine, a mix of tropical fruits, salty, and stony. Enjoyable and outside the white I often drink.

Aug 8th, 2018
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

9.0

Quite interesting stuff here. Balanced.

Quite interesting stuff here. Balanced.

Mar 26th, 2018
Brian McMahon

Sales Polaner Selections

9.1

Varietal Notes: Moscato Bianco, Fuilano, Cortese
Vineyard: Flora and Fauna loosely means the collection of plant and animal life of a certain epoch. This version is the collection of varietals from the cellar and also from Sam's ideas that make up the blend for the year. For 2014, The Bee compromises of roughly 60% Muscat Canelli (a.k.a Muscat Blanc, Moscato Bianco), 30% Friulano, and 10% Cortese. The Muscat Canelli comes from organically farmed, well drained volcanic soils on the southwest edge of Lake County. The Friulano and Cortese both come from Fox Hill Vineyard with soils that are well drained with high concentrations of gravel and sandstone.
Vinification: Winemaking starts in the vineyard, and Sam's preference is to find sites that require minimal to no work. In other words, the basics done right and well timed are all a great site needs. When that is the case, the winemaking becomes a simple game of guiding the fruit to be what it already is. For all three pieces of the blend, the grapes are picked at the first sign of ripeness. Sam time picking to when flavors just begin to emerge but the acidity and structure are still the predominant focus. From there, the grapes were whole cluster pressed, fermented via native yeasts, left on all the lees and solids, aged in neutral oak, and underwent native secondary fermentation. The blend was assembled in January leading up to bottling.
Production: 185 cases produced.
Notes: A dry, exotic, and aromatic white that doesn't stray to an over the top or sappy level is hard to find, and it was the rational behind the varietal choices and picking decisions. Macerated orange blossoms, wet river stones, spiced honey, ginger, gardenia, lemon peel, salty ocean air, and rangpur lime all balance in the aromas. The mouth shows great texture and weight without ever getting heavy. The finish is full of spicy acidity.
RATINGS

Varietal Notes: Moscato Bianco, Fuilano, Cortese
Vineyard: Flora and Fauna loosely means the collection of plant and animal life of a certain epoch. This version is the collection of varietals from the cellar and also from Sam's ideas that make up the blend for the year. For 2014, The Bee compromises of roughly 60% Muscat Canelli (a.k.a Muscat Blanc, Moscato Bianco), 30% Friulano, and 10% Cortese. The Muscat Canelli comes from organically farmed, well drained volcanic soils on the southwest edge of Lake County. The Friulano and Cortese both come from Fox Hill Vineyard with soils that are well drained with high concentrations of gravel and sandstone.
Vinification: Winemaking starts in the vineyard, and Sam's preference is to find sites that require minimal to no work. In other words, the basics done right and well timed are all a great site needs. When that is the case, the winemaking becomes a simple game of guiding the fruit to be what it already is. For all three pieces of the blend, the grapes are picked at the first sign of ripeness. Sam time picking to when flavors just begin to emerge but the acidity and structure are still the predominant focus. From there, the grapes were whole cluster pressed, fermented via native yeasts, left on all the lees and solids, aged in neutral oak, and underwent native secondary fermentation. The blend was assembled in January leading up to bottling.
Production: 185 cases produced.
Notes: A dry, exotic, and aromatic white that doesn't stray to an over the top or sappy level is hard to find, and it was the rational behind the varietal choices and picking decisions. Macerated orange blossoms, wet river stones, spiced honey, ginger, gardenia, lemon peel, salty ocean air, and rangpur lime all balance in the aromas. The mouth shows great texture and weight without ever getting heavy. The finish is full of spicy acidity.
RATINGS

5 people found it helpfulMay 25th, 2016
Liz Hale

Super fun- flowers and donut icing.

Super fun- flowers and donut icing.

1 person found it helpfulJul 27th, 2017
Jennifer DiDomizio

I adore this wine. Orange, sea salt, grapefruit, floral, lemon peel, aromatic.

I adore this wine. Orange, sea salt, grapefruit, floral, lemon peel, aromatic.

1 person found it helpfulApr 19th, 2015
William Hughes

This is a steal at $20! Vibrant sweet and savory spice aromas and buoyant acidity. Gingered honey, dusty lemon-lime zest, gardenia and white peach flavors.

This is a steal at $20! Vibrant sweet and savory spice aromas and buoyant acidity. Gingered honey, dusty lemon-lime zest, gardenia and white peach flavors.

May 4th, 2017
Alison Story

TexaCali Ali - Owner of www.texacaliwine.com & Co-Owner of the upcoming www.smithstorywinecellars.com

9.2

100% in love with this beauty.

100% in love with this beauty.

Oct 17th, 2016
Michael L S

This is a delicious blend. One of the 4 main wedding wines.

This is a delicious blend. One of the 4 main wedding wines.

Oct 9th, 2016