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2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-06-2017
There's a lot of Chardonnay out there, so the fact that this effort from Mayacamas stands out as one of the very best I've tasted in a long while is no small feat. It's obvious from the very first sip that the fruit quality is exceptional and that the winemakers had the wisdom to let that quality take center stage. There's a lot to love here - lemon, honeysuckle, mineral, pistachio - without any of it seeming overdone. A lot of words came to mind when I tasted this wine: balanced, complex, seamless, elegant. Each of them spot-on accurate.
Price: $47.99 Add To Cart
VN 96 JS 94

2012 Honorío Rubio "Lías Finas" Blanco Rioja
Review Date: 11-16-2016
If, like me, you're a fan of Lopez de Heredia's white Riojas, you absolutely must try Honorio Rubio's brilliant Lias Finas. The aromatics alone -- sandalwood, Meyer lemon, vanilla, saline -- are stunning. Made of 100% Viura from Rioja Alta, this wine is aged for 16 months on the lees giving it incredible depth and a lush, creamy texture. You'd expect a wine this rich to be heavy, but Lias Finas is so lit from within by acidity that it feels almost effortless. Easily one of the best and most exciting wines I've tasted this year (and we taste A LOT here). Be advised: this is not a "crowd-pleaser." It is heady and exotic. It is not shy. It is distinctive in the truest and best sense of the word.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart