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Livermore Valley

USA, White Blend, The Whip, Murrieta’s Well, Livermore Valley, California, 2013

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White blend of 28% Sémillon, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Orange Muscat,11% Viognier, 11% Gewürztraminer and 1% White Riesling. N/ Gardenias, honeysuckle, white and yellow flowers, marine/beach and salt, fresh hay, honey and light confection. Complex and alluring. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lightly sweetened honeysuckle, pear, limes, tropical fruits and melons. Some creamy butter […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Morning Fog, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2012

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N/ Yes, some very familiar buttered aromas, but restrained and ripped through nicely by notes of crushed river rocks.  Standard Chardonnay yellow tropicals accompanied by lime juice. Fresh rain water with a splash of sweetener. T/ Medium mouthfeel. As with her nose, buttery yellow tropicals reign for her fruit component. Toast points, hay, and minerals […]

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USA, Petit Verdot, Steven Kent, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley, California, 2009

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Rated one hour after decanting. If you’ve never had a pure petite verdot, I’d strongly suggest you start with this beauty…. C/ Brick dust and neon squid ink. Awesome color. N/ Deep, brooding woods. Stewed plum and black cherry with caramelized sugar. Exotic spices. Sage. Rosemary. Cracked flint. Forest floor. Oyster shell. Wonderful. T/ Full […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Morning Fog, Wente Vineyards, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California, 2010

N/ Buttery, California-style aromatics, but nicely restrained…. and with bright acid and mineral / river rock aromas. Lush yellow tropicals. Lime zest and freshly split flint. Canvas. Touches of steel. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Wow, one is immediately treated to a lush, but soft, bombardment of yellow tropicals and pear reduction. She follows with […]

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