Category: California White Wine

Gaderian Wines Henry Ranch Chenin Blanc 2019 Napa Valley, California



Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

On the nose citrus, pears, lemons, spices, light oak and light vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

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

Tangy finish with herbs.

This is probably my first Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley.

A good quality wine. Spicy and entertaining. Refreshing and crisp, and not as fruity as I expected it to be.

This Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc has an old world feel.

Easy drinking and good for the pool.

I paired it with a baked Brie cheese and crackers.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$32.



Gaderian Wines Invisible Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019, California



Deep gold in color.

Strong nose of yellow apples, spices, oak, vanilla and lemons.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, oak, vanilla, spices, overripe pears, bitter herbs and nuts.

Medium finish with lemons and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.

This Single Vineyard is still young and showing lots of oak and vanilla notes. Would be nice to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a horseradish Cheddar cheese and fresh berries.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.

Smith-Madrone Vineyards Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 2017 Napa Valley, California



A pretty deep gold in color.

Fruity nose with red and yellow apples, citrus, herbs, spices, toasted oak, marzipan, light vanilla and white pepper. Lovely nose.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, vanilla, oak, lemons, apples, pears, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in length on the finish with almonds.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. A good quality wine, tangy and spicier than I expected.

Needs time to open up properly, and better when not too cold.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. I had the 2016 a year ago and loved it even more.

Will be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the pool.

Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in (75% new) French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Castello di Amorosa Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer 2020, California



Golden in color.

Aromatic nose of white flowers, citrus, ripen melons, tropical fruits, spices, light rose water, red apples and minerals.

Medium bodied and refreshing, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, pears, melons, lemons, mangoes, sea salt, roses, white pepper and bananas.

Long finish with tangy limes.

This is a delicious Gewürztraminer from Anderson Valley in California. Showing a beautiful nose right out of the bottle.

Easy drinking and tasty with a lot of alcohol, so you better watch out.

Nicely balanced with a touch of RS. Very perfumy and dangerously good, as the high alcohol is nicely integrated.

A good wine to have all by itself, Interesting and easy to drink.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$29.

Castello di Amorosa Winery Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2019, Santa Barbara County, California



Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yellow apples, pears, melons, spices, toast, vanilla, oak and citrus.

Full bodied and buttery with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, oak, spices, vanilla, herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with limes and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and interesting.

Would be nice to revisit this Single Vineyard Chardonnay in a couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and removes some of the oakiness.

A good wine to sip on by the porch, which is exactly what I did.

Aged in French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Castello di Amorosa Winery Pinot Grigio 2020 North Coast, california



Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Fruity nose of citrus, lemons, apples, sweet grapefruits, light green vegetables, herbs and spices.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity. Nice and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits, white pepper and minerals.

Medium finish with limes and light grapefruits.

This is a very tasty Pinot Grigio from California. Easy drinking with nice balance.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with fresh green salads.

Tangy and fruit forward with a creamy mouthfeel.

A great party wine that I had by the pool with a great view.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.


Lucky Rock Wine Co. County Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2020, California



Pale lemon in color.

Soft nose of limes, grapefruits, citrus, minerals and green apples.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples and spices.

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a nice and simple Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County. Tangy and spicy. Crisp and refreshing.

Better after an hour of airtime, which surprised me. Easy drinking and good for parties.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers, and had it by the lake.

Aged in stainless steel vats for 6 months, with 8% in new French oak barrels. A small production of only 419 cases.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

Sine Qua Non Entre Chien et Loup White Blend 2015, California

This is a very interesting Chardonnay based white blend from California.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Showing citrus, ripen apples, spices, melons, light tropical fruits, oak, sea salt, mangoes, honey, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Not for everyone, but if you are looking for a different kind of wine, try this.

Spicy, tangy and very rich. Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

This 6 year old is very unique. Not my style necessarily, but interesting enough for me to enjoy it.

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

A blend of 44% Chardonnay, 40% Roussanne, 8% Viognier and 8% Petit Manseng. Aged for 19 months, mostly French oak barrels and some in concrete and stainless steel.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$200.

Maritana Vineyards Russian River Valley Hansen Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Sonoma County, California



Light golden in color.

On the nose ripe lemons, yellow apples, oak, light butter, citrus, vanilla, Indian spices, light honeysuckle and light tangerines.

Full bodied, creamy and bold, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red apples, oak, vanilla, citrus, spices, sea salt, white pepper and light earth.

Nice length on the finish with lemons and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose. I really enjoyed the nose more than the palate.

This four year old is drinking very nicely now with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Still very fresh.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after 30 minutes of airtime.

This Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a good quality wine, that will continue to age nicely in the next five years. I’ve had this vintage a year ago, and it is much better now.

Nicely balanced with a great mouth feel. Buttery and creamy, and better when not very cold.

Aged in French oak barrels. A small production of only 350 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$90.

Tolosa Winery 1772 Edna Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, California

Pretty golden in color.

Strong nose of citrus, oak, vanilla, Indian spices, lemons, apples, pears, light earth and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, apples, pears, light vegetables, earth, spices and white pepper.

Nice finish with spices and limes.

This is a very nice Chardonnay from Edna Valley in California. Nicely balanced with a smooth mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up.

Showing nice balance between the oak and the fruits, with nice complexity.

This Single Vineyard will age nicely in the next five years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board. A delicious wine.

13.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$58.