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2014 Tendu White Wine (1L) $19.99
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Annia, a blend of Tocai Friulano, Chardonnay and Ribolla Gialla, is bright, focused and impeccably balanced. Almonds, lemon peel, wild herbs, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes meld together nicely in the glass. The flavors tilt towards the richer end of the spectrum, but texturally the 2014 is tightly wound and focused throughout. The 2014 was done mostly in steel and neutral oak." (8/2015)
A low alcohol Moscato crafted from Muscat Canelli grapes grown at Mondavi's Wappo Hill Vineyard in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District. From the winery: "Catching your attention immediately are the seductively rich peach and lychee fruit, orange blossom, and jasmine aromas of this sweet wine. The Moscato's wonderfully balanced acidity meets this intense flavor with a perfectly refreshing lift as the concentrated flavors ride across the palate in an ultra-rich wave."
Maybe they should rename this wine 'Simply Yum,' since it's hardly a conundrum anymore. Once again a blend of popular and esoteric white grapes (including in no special order: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and Muscat), this a quintessential sipper offering copious amounts of ripe, silky fruit, tropical in nature, along with vanilla notes, honeysuckle and melon.
After three decades, Edmunds St. John has a devoted following that seek out Steve Edmunds wines where "the earth speaks." This limited production white is based in Vermentino from the Fenaughty Vineyard in California's El Dorado Hills.
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fresh-squeezed apple juice, grapefruit spritzer and nearly sweet cherry aromas sit atop minerality on the nose of this blend of 46% Viognier, 19% Verdelho, 19% Vermentino and 16% Sauvignon Blanc. There’s a lot of tart acidity, with a lingering apple flavor." (12/2014)
From the winery: "Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Claude Taittinger's search for a worthy U.S. counterpart began in the late 1970s. In 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, Napa Valley. Wisely selecting Eileen Crane to oversee the development of the winery and vineyards, the team created the quintessential California expression of the Taittinger style in Carneros."
From Wine Enthusiast on the last vintage: "(#10 on their top 100 of 2014) Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery’s take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable." (12/2014)
91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "Roederer Estate’s Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year’s cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It’s clean and dry with a long, delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts of the year, Roederer's latest is yet again a sleek and spirited wine of great freshness and verve. It hews to the crispness and pert delicacy that we associate with fine Blanc de Blancs, but it musters a full measure of yeasty richness even while maintaining its lively step, and it is one of the few of its type that is ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Supple and richly styled, with aromas of tart apple and spiced hazelnut, followed by Meyer lemon, brioche and zesty cinnamon notes. Drink now. 3,555 cases made." (6/2015)
50% Vermentino, 40% Grenache Blanc, 10% Picpoul. According to winemaker Mick Unti: "It is not often you think of a Dry Creek Valley white wine when looking for something to have with raw oysters, but this Cuvée Blanc has what it takes—mineral flavors in a dry, un-oaked white with excellent acid balance. While our 2014 Cuvée Blanc is richer and slightly more full-bodied than in previous years, it is bright, floral and crisp. We are, after all, suckers for high acid white wines. Cuvée Blanc is a soulful alternative to the other whites grown in this valley.... Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "Impeccably refined and elegant, with floral aromas of fresh brioche, baked apple and roasted hazelnut. The flavors are layered and well-focused, showing notes of mineral, fresh ginger and subtle raspberry. Drink now through 2017." (10/2015)
69% Vermentino, 27% French Colombard, 4% Chardonnay Vermentino was harvested between July 31st and August 6th, 2014 at 18-19.3º brix. The Chardonnay was August 8th at 19.3º brix and the French Colombard on September 6th at 22º brix.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Light and floral, this subtle dessert wine is made from Scheurebe grapes, more often found in Austria than California. It provides this wine with fresh apricot and honey on the palate, lingering yet low enough in alcohol and power to be enjoyed as either apéritif or digestif, its sweetness greatly restrained." (3/2015) K&L Notes: This is 100% estate-grown Scheurebe from Phelps' Spring Valley Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena. From the winery: "The 2013 Eisrébe has aromatic layers of honey, apricot, marmalade and tropical fruits. The texture is viscous with flavors of... Read More »
Our Albariño is picked earlier to mimic the style of Albariño from its native area of Galicia, Spain. This thick-skinned and small berried grape has aromatics similar to a Riesling. Notes of tangerine, orange blossoms, and membrillo delight the nose. It is juicy and fruity in the mouth with flavors of pear, McIntosh apple, pink grapefruit juice and a hint of lychee. This wine was produced from organically farmed and green certified vineyards. Albariño is not only the most popular white wine of Spain, but has also carved out its territory as being one o... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "The film director’s sparkling ode to his director daughter delivers aromas of apple blossoms, pear cider and chalk. An apparent sweetness on the palate is cut with a pithy grip, the apple-juice base leveled with ample lime elements." (5/2015)
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This grape is obscure for California but excels in this bottling, with intriguing aromas of yellow melon, crushed white rocks and an array of citrus, from tangerine peels to kumquats. The palate is a lime shade of green, featuring flavors of lime blossoms, Key lime pie and kaffir lime leaves, but also shows limestone minerality and a hint of passion fruit." (9/2015)
90 points Antonio Galloni: "A broad, deeply expressive, generous white, the 2013 Côtes de Tablas Blanc is all about volume and texture. The flavors are bright, savory and mineral, but at the same time all the elements are shaped by the warm, dry growing season. This is a decidedly big, creamy wine for the year, yet all the elements are in balance. Still I would give the 2012 at least a few more months to settle down. The blend is 39% Viognier, 29% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne and 12% Roussanne." (7/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another delicious white (and one that’s almost always a super value), the 2013 C ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc is sublet, floral and lifted. Flowers, mint, lemon and spices meld together in a gracious, impeccably refined Roussanne-based white Rhône loaded with class and style. The 2012 Esprit is 75% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc." (7/2014)92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Green-hued yellow. High-pitched aromas of tangerine, green apple and white flowers, with a gingery nuance adding complexity. Sappy, spicy and penetrating, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Firm and dry on a finish showing excellen ...Read More »
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90 points Antonio Galloni: "Green apple, pear, mint and a hint of spice are some of the notes that open up in the 2014 Grenache Blanc Thompson Vineyard. Energetic and beautifully delineated, the 2014 offers tons of varietal character and nuance. Drink this refreshing white over the next year or two. This range of new releases from Craig Jaffurs is full of highlights. The whites, which had a bit of residual sugar last year, are drier and also more focused, while the Syrahs are consistent and, at the top level, simply brilliant. Its always a pleasure to taste through this lineup. I c ...Read More »
2013 is the fourth vintage of our Holus Bolus blanc and it is our best one yet. Roussanne is a grape native to the Rhone Valley of France (Hermitage, St. Joseph, Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and sparsely planted outside of there with only 300 acres in California. We found a great new vineyard source for our Roussanne: the much heralded Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. This is a block that for the past decade has gone into Qupé’s Hillside Estate Roussanne and we are very fortunate to have just under an acre there to work with. The block is biodynamical... Read More »
90-92 points Antonio Galloni: "Light yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh pineapple, white peach and pear, with hints of jasmine ad basil emerging slowly. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit and honeysuckle flavors that put on weight and spread out with air. A dusty mineral quality adds cut to the finish, which lingers with very good floral persistence." (9/2015) 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As good, if not better, than the 2013, the 2014 Cote de Tablas Blanc is a Viognier-heavy blend that incorporates 30% Grenache Blanc and 23% Marsanne. One of the more reticent 20 ...Read More »
Aromas of lemon zest, kumquat, lemongrass, and ruby red grapefruit. Although it displays some restraint at first, it soon opens up to notes of honeydew melon, white rose and fresh herbs. The palate is light on its feet, with lean, zippy acid holding together a core of flavors that span honey mandarin, lemon curd, and green apple. The finish stays tight and clean, with a kiss of agave nectar and wet stone. Aiming to preserve the intense fruit and aromatics of these varieties, this blend was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel. Hand-picked in the ea... Read More »
Bright and vibrant and orange in color with perfect clarity. Almost Neon in appearance. The nose is has aromas of citrus peel, jasmine, rose, fresh cut grass, black tea and honey. Tannin backed by racy acidity with minerals, peach flesh, orange, coconut, and marzipan. It is clean, precise and balanced. The finish has yeast (lees), tannin, vanilla and honeysuckle. Aromatic in the finish leaving the earthy and woody flavors on the palate long after each sip with lingering citrus peel.
From the winery: "One of the smallest production wines we make is the coveted Dry Muscat. In a market flooded with endless supply of sweet Muscat (or Moscato), this dry-style Orange Muscat stands out amongst the crowd. Crisp and pleasant, with notes of honeysuckle and peach, the 2013 vintage offers up a unique twist on Muscat. We source Orange Muscat grapes from Santa Barbara County, then ferment it in 100% neutral French Oak to capture its exotic and heady aromas, light straw color, and long lasting finish. We recommend the 2013 Dry Muscat as an aperit... Read More »
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With Sluice Box (a reference to El Dorado's gold rush history) we endeavor to create a lively, nuanced and balanced blend that illustrates why we love Rhone varietals. In 2014 we expanded to include Roussanne with the Vermentino, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul. Again we have a touch of skin contact with the Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Vermentino (43% of blend) that creates a white wine with a red’s structure and lovely texture.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Exotic and extremely aromatic, with notes of lavender, flowers, mint, lychee nut and citrus blossom, the 2012 Malvasia Bianca is intense, laser-focused and yet also rich and layered on the palate. A knockout medium-bodied dry white, it should continue to shine through 2014." (8/2013)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale gold. Lemon, nectarine and dusty mineral aromas are lifted by a gingery topnote. Silky and perfumed in the mouth, displaying complex flavors of white peach, melon, beeswax and chamomile that are braced by juicy acidity. A rich yet sharply focused wine, finishing with impr ...Read More »
2000 Sine Qua Non "The Boot" White Rhône Blend
Bid on this bottle of 2000 Sine Qua Non "The Boot" White Rhône Blend (92ST). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Slightly reduced but flamboyant aromas of smoke, gunpowder, oatmeal, spices and dried fruits. Then very rich but uncompromisingly dry, with terrific fruit intensity and brisk but harmonious acidity. Very dense yet light on its feet; hides its alcohol but not its power. Mounting yellow fruit flavors really stain the palate on the back end. Has length and flavor authority rare for California white wine." (12/2002)
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2000 Sine Qua Non "The Boot" White Rhône Blend (qty: 1)
End Date: Oct 9 2015 12:30PM PT
93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale peach skin color. Deep, complex nose of apple, nut skin, apricot and minerals; this somewhat resembled a bottle of 1990 Pol Roger Winston Churchill I had tasted 15 minutes earlier. Thick, penetrating and solidly structured; rich, nuanced flavors of vanilla, minerals, apricot and superripe peach. Wonderful sweetness and chewy texture more akin to the Southern Rhone than to Southern California. Great building length on the finish. Close in quality to the extraordinary '95 Sine Qua Non white blend labelled The Bride." (11/2000) 89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Roussanne and Cha ...Read More »
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Wine Enthusiast: "Oranges and tangerines are the dominant flavors of this lively, dry white wine. It’s marked by brisk acidity, with a touch of creamy oak. A bit direct, but enjoyable nonetheless, it’s a fine cocktail sipper, or to drink with little appetizers, especially smoked white fish. (SH)" (4/2010)
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2006 Pax "Alder Springs Vineyard/Nepenthe" Mendocino County White Blend
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2006 Pax "Alder Springs Vineyard/Nepenthe" Mendocino County White Blend (94RP, 91ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As an interlude before tasting barrel samples of the 2006s, I had the privilege of tasting the 2006 Nepenthe, a blend of 44% Roussanne, 38% Marsanne, and 18% Viognier, all from Mendocino’s Alder Springs Vineyard. This wine is one of the best dry white Rhone blends I have tasted in California and competes with the brilliant Rhone Ranger whites made by Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non. Wonderful honeyed citrus, lychee, and poached pear notes jump from the glass of this wine, which also exhibits plenty of honeysuckle, super definition, freshness, and glycerin." (12/2007)
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2006 Pax "Alder Springs Vineyard/Nepenthe" Mendocino County White Blend (qty: 2)
End Date: Oct 9 2015 11:30AM PT
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The days of the Mr. K wines are gone forever with the tragically premature death of Austrian Alois Kracher, who had partnered with Manfred Krankl in this intriguing homage to sweet nectars. Krankl continues on his own, and in Spring, 2011, he will release the 2008 Jinete Bajo Roussanne Vin de Paille, which is named after his wife's favorite horse. Made from 100% estate fruit, with a finished alcohol level of 11.8%, a whopping 240 grams per liter of residual sugar, and 8.7 grams of acidity, this is a pure nectar of honeyed marmalade, waxy, syrupy honeysuc ...Read More »
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