Category: California White Wine

FVDP Vintners Terminim Cepages d’Or Alder Springs Vineyard 2018, Mendocino County, California

Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

On the nose, ripen yellow apples, pears, light citrus, vanilla, light oak and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red and green apples, citrus, spices, vanilla, oak, earth and herbs.

Spicy finish with limes and peppercorn.

This is a very tasty White Rhone blend from Mendocino County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Crisp and elegant.

A good quality wine that I would love to try in 3 years.

Nicely balanced and good as a sipping wine. This Single Vineyard is very interesting and well-made.

Feels like a mix of White wine from the Rhone Valley with a new world twist.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with goat cheese and the prosciutto.

A blend of 54% Marsanne, 22% Roussanne, 12% Viognier and 12% Picpoul Blanc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

MacRostie Winery and Vineyards Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018, California

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Nose of citrus, lemons, apples, spices, toasted oak, light vegetables and earth.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, river rocks, bitter herbs, spices, black pepper and light oak.

Spicy finish with limes.

This is a very nice Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Spicy and interesting. Nicely balanced and elegant, with soft earth notes.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets more complex as it opens up.

A little high in alcohol, but not noticeable at all. Good by itself and with food.

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

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

Acquiesce Winery and Vineyard Clairette Blanche 2019 Lodi, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Nice nose with citrus, tropical fruits, sweet candy, honeysuckle, wild flowers, lemons, pears and apples.

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

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, minerals, honeysuckle, rose pedals, pears, spices, light herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with spices.

This is a very nice white wine from Lodi California. Interesting and easy drinking with a very nice nose. Feels like a fruit forward Rhone white wine.

Nicely balanced and crisp. Good by itself or with food.

I paired it with goat cheese and crackers, and had it by the pool.

100% Clairette Blanche grapes, hand picked and pressed whole Cluster.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points

$28.

Oceano Wines Spanish Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018, California

Beautiful pale golden in color with a green tint.

Strong nose of citrus, oak, vanilla, lemons, yellow and red apples, minerals, spices and light honey.

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

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, spices, vanilla, apples, oak, pears, herbs and light vegetables.

Tangy finish with limes and light grapefruits.

This is a nice Chardonnay from Central Coast in California. Oaky yet refreshing. Tangy and engaging with nice complexity.

A nice wine to sip on by the pool and good by itself.

Nicely balanced and good right out of the bottle.

Would be nice to see how this 3 year old evolves in the next 5 years.

Fermented and aged in French Oak barrels for 9 months.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

7 Cellars Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay 2018, California

Light golden in color.

Nice nose of citrus, sweet oak, vanilla, spices, red apples, toast, pears and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with toasted oak, apples, citrus, white pepper, vanilla, light herbs and spices.

Long finish with limes.

This is a tasty oaky Chardonnay from Carneros in California.

Nicely balanced, and not bitter nor tart. Just right. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Oak is there, but not overwhelming.

Might be even nicer in a couple of years. I’ll make sure to check it out then.

Alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch out.

Fresh and good enough to drink all by itself. A great porch wine. Tangy and spicy. Rich and interesting.

I enjoyed it by the pool.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.

Acquiesce Vineyard Picpoul Blanc 2019, Lodi, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

On the nose citrus, red apples, melons, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Tangy finish with limes and lemon juice.

This is a nice white wine from Lodi, California. Fruit forward with a touch of Southern Rhône feel. Interesting.

Showing a nice mouthfeel with mild complexity. Tangy and refreshing.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Was great with the Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

Ca’ Momi Winery Heartcraft Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018, California

Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong fruity nose with oak vanilla, citrus, lemons, red and yellow apples, spices, tropical fruits, honey, flowers and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and buttery, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, apples, melons, tropical fruits, peaches, bananas, oak, vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and not to oaky, although it has enough of that.

Easy drinking with a pleasant mouthfeel. Soft and elegant, buttery and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here.

Might have a small touch of RS to balance it out.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, by the lake.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Scout and Cellar Field House 301 Chardonnay 2019, Sonoma Coast, California

Light yellow in color.

Fruity nose with citrus, lemons, yellow apples, melons, light tropical fruits, spices, oak and vanilla.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with lemons, oak, vanilla, citrus, toast, lemons, apples, pears, grapefruits and spices.

Medium finish with almonds and light vegetables.

This is a very easy drinking Chardonnay from Sonoma. Oaky and fruit forward.

A nice everyday wine. Good by itself or with food.

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

14% alcohol by volume. Vegan.

88 points.

$24.

Lepe Cellars Zabala Vineyards Riesling 2016, Monterey County, California

Light straw in color with a golden hue.

Pretty nose of diesel, lemons, pears, bruised apples, honey, melons, spices, honeysuckle and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, white pepper, light diesel, lemons, apples, light honey, pears, herbs, spices and light minerals.

Medium finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very tasty dry Riesling from California. Nicely balanced with a crisp mouthfeel.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Spicy and entertaining. Feels like an Alsace Riesling.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time, when the complexity comes in. An hour was enough.

Would be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and dried fruits, by the pool.

13.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.

Maritana Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017, Russian River Valley, California

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Light nose of citrus, vanilla, light oak, spices and yellow apples.

Full bodied, buttery and soft, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with light oak and vanilla, citrus, lemons, grapefruits, herbs, earth, spices and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with bitter almonds and black pepper.

This is a very nice and elegant Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

This oaky Chardonnay, is not the “in your face” kind of wine, and even better with food.

This Single Vineyard is a good quality wine, that will age nicely in the next 5 years.

I paired it with cheeses, and it worked very nicely with the Swiss cheese and the double cream Brie cheese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$90.