Category: * White Wine

Château Ste. Michelle Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling 2015, Washington State

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Fruity nose of lemons, citrus, diesel, grapefruits, honeysuckle, light tropical fruits, minerals, pineapples, white pepper and sea salt.

Medium-bodied with racy acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry to off dry on the palate with citrus, limes, grapefruits, green apples, sea salt, spices and white pepper.

Medium finish with limes and minerals.

This is an above-average Riesling from Washington State. Not fully balanced, but very enjoyable by itself or with food.

Would pair very nicely with spicy seafood or spicy Indian food. A good sipping wine by the pool or by the porch on a warm day. Better when properly chilled.

I had it all by itself with good company and great weather.

A fine collaboration between Château Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen.

This is a good opportunity to age an inexpensive Riesling for another 5 years. I bet it will be delicious.

12% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$20.

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Canyon Road Winery California Chardonnay 2016, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Fruity Nose of lemons, citrus, green apples, gooseberry, grapefruits, bitter herbs and spices.

Medium bodied and refreshing with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, grapefruits, limes, bitter herbs and spices.

Short finish with bitter almonds.

This is a simple California Chardonnay. Balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Feels like an Unoaked Chardonnay with some Sauvignon Blanc mixed in. Pretty much like a lemon and grapefruit
Juice.

This is good enough for happy hour. I paired it with a spicy fried cauliflower dish.

13% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$12.

Grove Mill Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough, New Zealand

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Strong nose of cat’s pee (on a wet carpet), grapefruits, limes, green vegetables, spices, cooked asparagus, and white pepper. Pretty stinky, but in a good way.

Medium on the body and crisp with high acidity.

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, green vegetables and black pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This is a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Not very balanced, but a good food wine nonetheless. Showing mild complexity and stinky, with lots of vegetable notes. This was probably better a couple of years ago.

I paired it with fresh oysters and horseradish, which went great together.

13% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$12.

Fetzer Vineyards Sundial California Chardonnay 2016, California

Pale gold in color.

On the nose citrus, limes, bitter herbs, oak, vanilla, spices, tropical fruits, pineapples, vegetables, grapefruits and white pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with green apples, oak, vanilla, lemons, citrus, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light tropical fruits and black pepper.

This is a nice surprise. This simple California Chardonnay is oaky with nice citrus notes, and not too bitter on the ending. Showing a creamy mouthfeel yet still refreshing.

A good wine to sip on by the pool. Better when chilled.

Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with stuffed grape leaves.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$8.

Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Gris 2016, California

Pale straw in color with a golden hue.

On the nose grapefruits, limes, green apples, white pepper, spices and grass. Smells like a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, white pepper, spices and green vegetables.

Short finish with citrus and bitter almonds.

This is a nice California Pinot Gris. Nicely balanced and simple. Good by the pool, and with food too.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of Meats and cheeses. It paired really nicely with cheddar with horseradish cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$12.

Loveblock Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough, New Zealand

Pale lemon in color with a light golden hue.

Nice nose of citrus, grapefruits, lime juice, gooseberry, spices, green apples, minerals, light tropical fruits and bitter herbs.

Medium plus in body with high acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, spices, herbs, green apples, bitter vegetables, citrus and white pepper.

Medium plus in finish with bitter almond.

This is a nice Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, made by Kim Crawford. Not very complex, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Good by itself or with food, a little bitter on the finish and better when properly chilled.

90 points Wine Enthusiasts, but I couldn’t get there. I prefer the less expensive Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and all kinds of different jams.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$19.

Cantine Settesoli Porta Palo Sauvignon Blanc 2016 IGT Sicily, Italy

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Light nose of citrus, lemons,
Green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices.

Medium minus in body with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, green apples, grapefruits bitter herbs, spices, minerals and black pepper.

Short finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a drinkable Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Sicily. Not very balanced, light and simple, and a little too bitter for my taste.

A good food wine, but not to have by itself. I paired it with a seafood salad.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

82 Points.

$10.