Cynthia Lohr from J. Lohr pouring 40th anniversary Pinot Blanc. $40 retail. From Arroyo Seco and Monterey appelations. Lots of fruit and complex on the palate. Long finish.
Wine three is a 50/50 Marsanne/Viognier blend from Paso Robles… 2012 Treana White from Hope Family wines. Very floral nose, lots of fruit in the mouth. It’s a pretty wine. $23 retail. The challenge here is listening, asking, tasting and writing in real time, but it’s fun!
4th wine is from BevMo, the 2013 Sonoma Chardonnay called Main & Geary. It sells for $15.99, but it’s part of the 5 cent sale, so you can buy two bottes for $16.04. Nothing spectacular, but for the price it’s an easy drinker.
Mambo #5! Cornerstone 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Craig Camp from Cornerstone says it’s one of the best growing grapes in Napa. Chardonnay does not grow well there. $30 sourced from Howell Mountain and St. Helena, older vineyards. Very soft for a Sauvignon Blanc. Would be extremely food friendly, nice and crisp.
Waiting for number 6, we’re past the halfway point. 2013 Viognier from Aridus in Wilcox, AZ. It’s a custom crush facility. Presents a correct Viognier nose. Fruit sourced from southeast AZ.
The 7th wine is the 2012 Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay from the Santa maria Valley. Priced at $28, it’s aged for 11 months in neutral oak barrels. This is a beautiful wine, I’d love it with halibut or sole. Alcohol is 13.9%
2012 Fess Parker Viognier has Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc added. 100% barrel aged and fermented ten months in older French barrels. It’s an elegant wine that sells for $28.
Almost done, we’re onto the 2011 Scratchpad Chardonnay from Buellton. $12.99, and it’s pretty decent. Very cute label that looks like a piece of paper torn from a scratch pad.
Here’s the last wine, number 10. Whew! Pacific Rim Dry Riesling from Washington State’s Columbia Valley. I can smell it without my nose anywhere near the glass. Yummy! Not sweet at all, but easy to tell it’s a Riesling. Under $10 – give me some spicy food to go with it!!!