Tag: White

Zwebner Estate Vineyard Judean Mountains 24.19 2019, Bethlehem




Pale yellow in color with a golden tint.

Sweet nose of honeydew, citrus, lemons, honey, spices, apples, herbs, light earth and minerals.

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

Very dry on the palate with green apples, limes, spices, light earth, herbs, light vegetables and white pepper.

Tangy finish with grapefruits and light almonds.

This is a very nice white Bordeaux blend from israel. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a crisp mouthfeel.

This 3-year-old is drinking very nicely now and better than a year ago.

Peaking now, but would be interesting to try it again in a couple of years.

Feels like a Bordeaux white with a Vouvrey twist. Loved the nose here.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food.

A blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented and aged separately in French oak barrels, on its lees. Kosher and not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.


Tank Garage Winery Pop Nat 2018, Sierra Foothills, California



This this is a very interesting sparkling wine (Pet nat) from Sierra Foothills in California

Pretty orange in color.

Drinking very much like a Champagne Rosé, with lots of biscuits, bread and yeast notes, especially on the nose.

Medium-bodied with bright acidity and small bubbles.

Showing limes, grapefruits, yeast, brioche, spices, minerals, sea salt, black pepper, green apples, pears and peaches.

I had it 3 years ago, and this time it feels like it lost some of its fruits, but kept the acidity. A Very unique wine.

Showing nice complexity at this point. Nicely balanced and good by itself.

100% Barbera grapes. A small production of only 430 cases.

10.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

Chalk Hill Estate Winery Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2019, California

This is a tasty oaky Chardonnay from Chalk Hill in Russian River Valley.

Dry on the palate with mild complexity.

Showing oak, vanilla, lemons, apples, pears and light spices.

Spicy finish with almonds.

A good quality wine. Easy drinking, elegant and bold.

Still young and has good potential to be better in a few years.

A nice food wine, and good for parties, too.

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

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in (40% new) French Oak barrels for 11 months. Unfiltered.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Grand Napa Vineyards Los Carneros Chardonnay 2020, California



Pale lemon in color with a yellow/ golden tint.

Fruity nose of tropical fruits, lemons, yellow apples, light pineapples, grapefruits and peaches.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green and red apples, light herbs, earth, limes and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and spices.

This is a delicious Chardonnay from Carneros. Easy drinking right out of the bottle with nice complexity.

Nicely balanced, neither tart nor bitter. Gets a little creamier after 20 minutes of airtime. A great sipping wine.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see how it evolved.

100% Chardonnay grapes. A limited release.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$75.

Castello di Amorosa Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer 2019, California



Pale lemon in color.

Pretty nose of white flowers, honey, lemons, spices, tropical fruits, red apples, honeysuckle, guava and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry to off dry on the palate with citrus, apples, pears, honeydew, black pepper, bitter herbs, light vegetables and spices.

Spicy finish with light almonds and black pepper.

This is a very tasty Gewürztraminer from Anderson Valley. Elegant and rich. Fruit forward and spicy.

Showing nice complexity with a smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good for parties.

Nicely balanced with enough acidity to balance the sugars, and good by itself as a sipping wine.

Way too easy to drink this, so you better watch out, as the high alcohol will creep up on you really quickly.

I paired it with beautiful view.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

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.

Weingut Friedrich Altenkirch Lorcher Krone Kabinett Riesling 1983 Rheingau, Germany

This 39 year old Riesling from Rheingau is still drinking nicely, although definitely not in its peak anymore.

Twenty four carat gold in color, with a brown tint.

Soft nose of citrus, lemons, apples, Mediterranean spices, cardamom, fig jam and honey.

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

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

This is a nice surprise. I did not expect too much from it, but it was really easy to drink. Crisp and refreshing.

Not fully balanced any longer, but still enjoyable.

Needed 20 minutes to open up, but started declining pretty quickly. Nevertheless, drinking these old wines is always an interesting experience.

I paired it with tuna tartare, but it was actually better all by itself.

A small production of only 3,690 bottles.

10% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Big Table Farm The Wild Bee Chardonnay 2020, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Nose of apples, lemons, citrus, light oak, light tropical fruits, herbs, spices and minerals.

Light to medium in body and creamy, with medium plus acidity,

Dry on the palate with limes, light grapefruits, citrus, lemons, apples, earth, light wood, pears, spices, pineapples and black pepper.

Nice length on the spicy finish with limes, spices and bitter almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Oregon. Very lightly oaked, which is very nice. Easy drinking and interesting.

This is a great sipping wine. Nicely balanced with mild complexity, and spicier than I expected it to be.

Would be interesting to try it in a couple of years, and see how it evolves.

Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it all by itself, by the beach.

12.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

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.