Category: California White Wine

Château de Chamirey Mercurey Rouge 1998, Burgundy, France





A very pretty brick color with a wide orange rim.

Medium bodied with high acidity.

Dry on the palate and unbalanced.

Showing red plums, cherries, earth, raspberries, tobacco leaf, forest floor and iron.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This 24 year old Pinot Noir is over the hill by now, but still drinkable.

I loved the nose and the color, but the palate was not there. I did like that it still showed some tannins, though.

Needed an hour to open up properly, but not much was left at that point.

Paired wonderfully with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

12% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

Flora Springs Family Estate Soliloquy 2021, Napa Valley, California



Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

Strong nose of gooseberry, limes, grapefruits, light earth, green apples, spices, grass and light sea salt.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Long finish with light almonds and spices.

This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc based blend from Napa Valley.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Has a light creamy feel, which is very enjoyable.

Nicely balanced and tangy, with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity, which you don’t usually see at this young age. I can see it getting even better in the next 3 years.

I had it all by itself by the pool.

A blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 13% Malvasia. Aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels. A small production of 600 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Adelaida District Grenache Blanc 2020 Paso Robles, California


Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, yellow and green apples, earth, limes and spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, river rocks, minerals, earth, spices and herbs.

Tangy finish with black pepper and almonds.

This is a nice Grenache Blanc from Paso robles. Crisp and refreshing. Fruit forward with lots of earth notes, that make it feel like a Southern Rhône White.

A good quality wine. Would be nice to revisit it in a few years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself and better with food.

A blend of 79% Grenache Blanc, 12% Picpoul Blanc and 9% Viognier. Fermented in a mix of Hungarian and French Oak barrels, and aged for 8 months. Only 950 cases produced.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

MacRostie Winery and Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nice nose of citrus, cedar, toast, vanilla, spices, golden apples and white pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with oak, vanilla, citrus, apples, light pineapple, pears and light earth.

Tangy finish with limes and black pepper.

This is a tasty Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. Refreshing and easy to drink. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 15 minutes of airtime to remove some of the vanilla notes, and balance itself out.

Alcohol is well integrated, so you better watch out.

Good by itself or with food, and will be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in mostly French oak barrels for 6 months on their lees.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.

Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2021, California




Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, pears, light spices, herbs and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, limes, spices, minerals, light grapefruits, earth and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc From Napa Valley. Easy drinking and fruit forward.

Good by itself or with food. A great party wine and good for the pool too.

Rich and tasty. Crisp and refreshing with a nice mouthfeel.

Would be nice to revisit it in a year or two.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 96% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Viognier. Aged in (used) French oak barrels for 4 months.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Chalk Hill Estate Winery Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Russian River Valley, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Strong nose of gooseberries, citrus, limes, green apples, light grass, spices, minerals and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and thick legs.

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

Nice length on the finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a very tasty Sauvignon Blanc from Chalk Hill in Sonoma County. Fruit forward and easy drinking.

Spicy, tangy and interesting. Crisp and refreshing.

Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food. A good pool wine as well.

Will pair nicely with oysters. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Sauvignon Gris and 3% Sauvignon Musqué. Aged for 7 months in (60%) French oak barrels and stainless steel vats.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$22.

Eberle Winery Paso Robles Muscat Canelli 1995, California

Light salmon in color with a golden hue.

Sweet nose of honeydew, peaches, honey, light earth, ripen citrus fruits, dried apricots, tangerines and light raspberries.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Off dry on the palate with strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, tangerines, spices and rose pedals.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a very tasty and easy drinking semi sweet wine from Paso Robles. A nice surprise, as I didn’t expect much from it.

Nicely balanced with enough acidity to balance the sugars. Very enjoyable and aromatic.

This 27 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be still good in the next few years.

Needs a few hours to open up properly and show the complexity, so be patient.

At this point it has too much going on to pair with food, like spicy Thai food, and might interfere. Not sweet enough to pair with cakes, and better by itself as a sipping wine.

10.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20 (current vintage).

Patent Wines Yountville Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Napa Valley, California

Pale lemon in color with a green tint.

Very aromatic nose of white flowers, citrus, limes, green apples, gooseberry, light tropical fruits, spices, guava, lemon peel and herbs.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, green apples, earth, herbs and spices.

Spicy finish with almonds and limes.

This is a tasty Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. Spicy, refreshing and tangy.

Feels very much like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and better after 15 minutes of airtime.

A good pool wine that I paired with a beautiful day by the beach. Will also pair nicely with oysters.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$33.

Six Eight Nine Cellars Submission Chardonnay 2020, California



Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Fruity nose of yellow apples, wood, lemons, citrus, smoke, light vanilla and spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, lemons, spices, light oak and vanilla.

Short finish with limes and herbs.

This is a nice and easy drinking Chardonnay from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Simple and good for the weekday.

Good for parties or the pool, and better when properly chilled.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes come from Sonoma, Napa, Russian River Valley and Monterey County. Aged for 8 months in 25% New French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.




Meadowcroft Wines Nelson Ranch Pinot Gris 2021, Mendocino County, California



Pale lemon in color.

Very aromatic nose of flowers, citrus, lemons, green apples, sweet grapefruits, herbs and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Tangy finish with spices and almonds.

This is a very tasty Pinot Gris from Mendocino County. Nicely balanced, spicy and tangy.

This Single Vineyard Pinot Gris is showing a really pretty nose.

Feels more like a Californian Sauvignon Blanc.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A small production of only 2,200 bottles.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.