2012 Carlisle "The Derivative" Sonoma County White Blend
* Editors’ Choice * This unusual blend combines old-vine Sémillon from the Monte Rosso Vineyard with Muscadelle and Palomino. Voluptuous on the nose, the wine is restrained on the palate, with inviting layers of licorice, beeswax and stone fruit. Exotic and long lasting, it’s an intriguing wine.
The 2012 The Derivative is striking. Melon, quince and white flowers are some of the notes that flesh out in this intensely aromatic, perfumed white. The blend is 54% Semillon (from Monte Rosso), 30% Muscadelle (from Pagani) and 16% Palomino. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale gold. Pungent, mineral-laced scents of dried citrus fruits, succulent herbs and beeswax, with a sexy floral nuance building with air. The palate offers dry, incisive lemon pith and honeysuckle flavors and a firm spine of tangy acidity that adds back-end lift. Closes taut and long, with excellent clarity and lingering stoniness.