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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Crisp, tart, melon, tangerine and bubble gum-like aromas jump from the glass of this 2013 Chenin Blanc/Viognier (80% and 20% respectively). Aged totally in stainless steel, it no doubt has much of its malolactic fermentation blocked given its crisp acid profile." (11/2014) K&L Notes: Last call on the 2013 Vintage! Pine Ridge's Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend has impressed drinkers and critics alike. And now, what started as an experiment in the early-1990s, has become one of the winery's most sought after wines. From the winery: "Brilliant and refreshing, this bottling o... Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*#36 in Wine Enthusiast's "The Enthusiast 100 of 2015"* Very fruity and fresh in aroma, this elegant wine has light, crisp apple and lemon flavors, fresh-baked bread accents and lively acidity. A layered texture seems to blend in accents of almond and vanilla, increasing complexity with each sip. It’s one of California’s bluechip bubblies." (12/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "*#60 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015* 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 min ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys and #29 on Top 100 Wines of 2015* This is lush and powerful, offering fleshy peach and apricot flavors at the core, with plenty of aromatic highlights, including orange blossom and honeysuckle. The texture is appealingly smooth and mouthwatering, with the complex details gaining momentum on the finish, where this reveals hints of dried spice and matcha green tea. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay." (11/2015) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tropical fruit, white flower-flavored candies, aromatic heirloom apples and a touch of honey come into crystalline focus ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 30% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne and the balance Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and a few other grapes, the 2013 Proprietary White Blindfold is close in quality to the brilliant 2012 I reviewed last year. Reminiscent of some of Sine Qua Non’s white wines from California’s Central Coast, the 2013 is more zesty, and plays it closer to the vest, but it offers lovely notes of fresh pineapple, tangerine skins, orange marmalade, melon and honeysuckle. I wish more California wineries would consider using such innovative blends as this given ...Read More »
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 2014 whites, it offers plenty of stone fruits, lemon, citrus and floral notes go with a full flavored, rich and expansive feel on the palate. It should come together nicely once in bottle and have an easy 3-4+ years of longevity." (8/2015) 90-92 points Vinous: "Light yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh pineapple, white peach and pear, with hints of jasmine ad basil emerging slowly. Dry ...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)
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."
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.
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The outstanding NV Brut Rosé (66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier) displays loads of strawberry and Kir cocktail-like notes in a fresh, light to medium-bodied, delicious style that is essentially dry, with tiny, well-formed bubbles and good, crisp acids. (RP)" (10/2015)
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 »
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 »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, then aged three years, this wine offers a copper-pink color followed by dry, firm acidity and highlights of cherry, cassis and grapefruit zest. A gentle nudge of nutmeg closes in on the finish, giving the wine a salty air and complex ending. (VB)" (12/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Delicate and refined, showing raspberry and gingerbread aromas that lead to sleek, focused flavors of red apple, vanilla and almond, finishing on a clean, minerally note. Drink now. (TF)" (12/2015) K&L Notes: Though smaller than the Napa Valley's big sparkling wine house... Read More »
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Good Value** It may be that its fairly high percentage of Pinot Noir affords this impressive non-vintage Brut with a sense of substance and depth not usually found at the price, or it may be the wine's ample autolyzed richness does the same. Either way, the wine is long on character, all of which is quite good. It has a fine, creamy feel, and an insistent stream of small bubbles with lengthy flavors to match, and it is made all the more attractive yet by its reasonably modest price." (11/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A festive sparkler, featuring bright aromas of raspberry and ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "Green-tinged yellow. Ripe pear and nectarine aromas show very good depth and clarity, turning spicier with air. Smooth, warm and open-knit, offering an array of pit and citrus fruit flavors that tighten up on the back half. A floral note comes up on the fragrant, focused, fruity finish." (9/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Probably the leanest example of this cuvee I've tasted, the 2013 Esprit de Tablas Blanc checks in as 71% Roussanne, 21% Grenache Blanc and 8% Picpoul that saw 10 months in mostly neutral foudre. It offers pretty, salty minerality in its leafy herbs, citrus and sto ...Read More »
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 »
"Michael Havens and I both think this is one of the strongest Albariños to date. In a reverse from the last couple of years the fruit from Stewart Ranch, planted on clay, was the stronger of the two lots showing beautifully precise aromatics hinting at the tropical, nice density and crackling acidity. The Watson Ranch lot contributes nice structure and a distinct steely citrus character. This will be a major part of my own summer wine consumption!" (Bedrock's Morgan Twain Peterson)
91 points Vinous: "Green-tinged yellow. Ripe pear and nectarine aromas show very good depth and clarity, turning spicier with air. Smooth, warm and open-knit, offering an array of pit and citrus fruit flavors that tighten up on the back half. A floral note comes up on the fragrant, focused, fruity finish. (JR)" (9/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Probably the leanest example of this cuvee I've tasted, the 2013 Esprit de Tablas Blanc checks in as 71% Roussanne, 21% Grenache Blanc and 8% Picpoul that saw 10 months in mostly neutral foudre. It offers pretty, salty minerality in its leafy herbs, citrus an ...Read More »
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.
The folks at Bokisch, who are leading growers and advocates for Iberian winegrape varieties in California's Lodi region, pick their Albariño a little on the early side, in order to mimic the Albariño from the grape's cooler climate, native area of Galicia, Spain. The winery's notes explain: "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... Read More »
From the winery: Fermented to dryness, this rare classic has a robust aromatic structure and an even more intriguing palate."
Inventory: San Francisco
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 excellent clarity and persistence." (12/2013) 92 points Vinous: "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 ...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 »
Sparkling wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands? Yes! This small, family-run winery was established in 2006, and this is their current release brut. The sparkling wine team is run by Michel Salgues, former head winemaker for Roederer Esate. A 60/40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, aged 4 years sur lies.
Inventory: San Francisco
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Noticeably better, the 2013 Holus Bolus Blanc (all Roussanne aged 12 months in neutral barrel) is a rich, full-flavored effort that has plenty of ripe peach, white flowers, brioche and hints of vanilla custard on the nose. Medium-bodied, with a good mid-palate, it’s slightly heavy-handed on the oak front, but manages to hold everything together and is a solid white that will shine with richer foods. (NM)" (8/2014) K&L Notes: According to the winery: "2013 is the fourth vintage of our Holus Bolus blanc and it is our best one yet. Roussanne is a grape native to the Rho... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While highly recognized for his red winemaking ability, Mike Officer can certainly do nice things with white grapes, too. He never picks easy ones, though. The 2013 Proprietary White The Derivative is a blend of 55% Semillon, 16% Muscadelle, 16% Colombard and 13% Palomino. The result is a delicious old-vine blend that is dry, has modest alcohol (14.3%), shows loads of delicious white citrus and a hint of floral notes, medium body, and a zesty, rather naked feel. Some new oak was used in the fermentation of the Semillon, but the wine generally spent most ...Read More »
From the producer: "Medium gold in color, you'll first notice aromas of grass, honeysuckle, delicate green apple, and lemon meringue pie. Like a golden Sonoma County field, you're invited in to enjoy all it has to offer. It's crisp and refreshing, with a clean finish that makes it perfect for a hot day, or a nice easy conversation with friends. Take this wine on your next bicycling or fishing trip or pair it with some lovely oysters from Tomales Bay!"
92 points Vinous: "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)
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)
Grown on their Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena, Joseph Phelps makes Eisrébe as a nod to German ice wines. From 100% Scheurebe (shoy-RAY-buh) grapes, the Napa Valley latitude does not allow for natural freezing on the vines as in Germany. Rather the late-harvested grapes are lightly frozen in the winery before being gently pressed to extract only the most concentrated nectar while leaving much of the water behind. The finished dessert wine sports 8% alcohol and 22.5% residual sugar. From the winery: "The 2014 Eisrébe is delicately nuanced with crisp app... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A smoking white that delivers lots of citrus blossom, honeysuckle, dried herbs and hints of flowers, the 2014 Ugni Blanc is medium-bodied, nicely texture and loaded with character. It's a food friendly, crisp, easy drinking, value-priced white that delivers the goods. (JD)" (8/2015) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This rarely explored grape, also known as Trebbiano, proves quite exciting in this bottling. Aromas recall ripe lime flesh, white flowers, green apples, Asian pears and white peach, with a nearly tropical banana sap character. The palate tightens around the limey acidity, showi ...Read More »
Native yeasts, neutral barrels, no additives, and hands-on, small fermentations—that's the Donkey & Goat way, at this boutique urban outfit located in Berkeley, right across the Bay from K&L San Francisco. Here's Jared and Tracey's explanation of this new release: "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 s... Read More »
From the producer: "Brut Rose is the most vivid and bold of our Sparklings, both in terms of flavor and color. Made mostly from Pinot Noir - bright, full, dry with a soft, almost creamy mouthfeel. The gorgeous color comes form letting the Pinot Noir sit on the skins. This vintage is aged 6 plus years en tirage."
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 »
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)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
91 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 Roussanne Estate, which includes 25% Viognier in the blend, is a heavier, more waxy style of white wine that appears to possess some tannin. As this varietal often does, this full-bodied effort comes across as a “love it or leave it” wine. I happen to adore this style, but their aging curve is almost impossible to predict. I recommend drinking these Roussannes on the earlier rather than later side. This offering would drink beautifully with fatty fish or grilled chicken dishes as it almost has the weight, richness, and ... Read More »
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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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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 »
Inventory: Redwood City
90 points Vinous: "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 »
Inventory: Main Warehouse