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France, White Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2015

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Blend of white grenache (60%) and clairette (40%). N/ White and red flowers, honeysuckle, marine wafts, chamomile tea, light citrus, strawberries, and river rocks. T/ Medium mouth feel. Very nice acid. Fresh and light. Citrus and mineral flavors dominate. Yellow grasses, light spice, and chamomile. http://www.ferraton.fr/wines/cotes-du-rhone-samorens-white-ferraton.html Price = $14 N = B T = B […]

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Chile, White Blend, Reserva, “Devil’s Collection,” Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Casablanca Valley, 2013

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White blend of: 85% sauvignon blanc, 10% chardonnay, and 5% gewürztraminer. N/ 2 out of 10 on sauvignon blanc “cat aroma” scale, which is just right for me. Lemon zest, gooseberries, yellow dried grasses, honeysuckle, herbals, and a touch of butter. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Rounder that one would expect from her nose. Citrus, light grass and […]

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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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France, White Blend, Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Côtes Du Roussillon, 2013

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White blend of: grenache gris, greanche blanc, macabeo, and vermentino. N/ Vanilla taffy, sea spray, marine wafts, melon, hay, cedar, and dry river rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A lime and honeysuckle tart starts thing off, leading to some softer honeysuckle, tropical fruit, and green apple notes. A touch of slate closes her. Highly gulpable. This […]

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Winery Visit / Winemaker Focus / Abiouness Wines / Nicole Abiouness

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I was at a fab party in Sonoma a few months back that was bursting at the gills with great, and varied, wines and local winemaker royalty.  Admission price to the party was an interesting bottle of wine. Aside from two that were clearly jokes, there were approximately 40 other fascinating offerings. I was, predictably, like […]

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Portugal, Vinho Verde, White Blend, Aveleda, Casal Garcia (Em Português tambem)

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Note: this is a non-vintage, highly-affordable wine that way over delivers…. This wine was made for spring and summer, I suggest stocking up on it. White blend of: trajadura, loureiro, arinto, and azul. N/ Dried hay, sea salt, sun-baked slate, rain, and wet cement in the most agreeable way possible. T/ Medium-full mouth feel which […]

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France, White Bordeaux Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle), Château de Bonhoste, Bordeaux Contrôlée, 2012

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This wine was part of a tasting event put on by the Bordeaux Supérieur Winemakers Association (aka Planet Bordeaux) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/). N/ Steamed hay, oyster shells, marine wafts, white flowers, light citrus, and touch of slate.  Very pleasant, but was hoping for a bit more volume on this nose since the aromatics that […]

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USA, White Blend, Little Black Dress, “Divalicious White,” Mendocino, California, 2011

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White blend of: 65% Pinot Grigio, 18% Muscat, 8% Chardonnay, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% White Riesling, and 2% Viognier. N/ Sweet, steamed hay. White rose petals, honeysuckle, and thin wafts of petrol. Chamomile. T/ Medium-full mouth feel. She begins with soft pink grapefruit blast, a medium thick coating of glycerol, and flavors of steeped hay. While […]

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USA, Franciscan, White Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat), Equilibrium, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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A white blend of: 72% sauvignon blanc, 17% chardonnay, and 11% muscat. N/ Crushed river rock dust sprinkled over crisp, fresh yellow hay. Green melons, pear juice, white flowers, and yellow tropicals dance on on bit of lime. Crushed oyster shells. A touch of powdered sugar. Absolutely delightful. Wow, I love this nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel. […]

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USA, Red Blend, Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2010

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Red blend of: Zinfandel from Lake County, Syrah from Sonoma, and Napa Valley (Carneros) Merlot. N/ Reduction sauce of plum skins.  Smoked oak and paprika. Deep cassis, wet earth, and river rock. Wild herbs with a blast of sage. Pine and cedar. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dry, angular, plum and cherry. Pine needle tea. Berries and […]

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USA, White Blend (Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer), Rocks!, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, North Coast, California, 2011

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White blend of: Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer N/ Lightly sugared, steeped hay. Clean burlap. Nectarine skins. Crisp citrus zest smeared on freshly chipped flint. Light sandalwood and taffy. Kiss of suntan lotion. Very complex for the price point and more old world than new. Delightful. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Round and voluptuous yellow tropicals and pear juice. […]

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USA, White Blend, Jade Mountain, “White Wine Blend”, California, 2009

White blend of: Chardonnay, Marsanne, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. N/ I did not look up the composition of this wine until after I rated it, but, to me, I thought was predominately Chardonnay, then Viognier, then Riesling. Did not guess any Sauvignon Blanc. A clear, buttered up California-style Chard crafting comes through, […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with supporting cast), Vin Parfait, California, 2009

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White Blend of: 95% Chardonnay, 3% Riesling, and 2% Muscat. N / Another unmistakeable California-signature chard nose with butter bath, thick oaks, vanilla, and butterscotch. Trying to compete with such is a slight minerality, stewed hay, and rope – all in a nice way. Nose rating = Good  = 81 / 82 T / Medium-full […]

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USA, Moscato (White Blend of), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, California, 2010

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A white blend of: 40% Muscat Canelli, 34% Muscat Orange, 10% Muscat Alexander, 8% Gewürztraminer, and 8% “aromatic white varietals”. N/ Fresh rain, fresh cream, caramelized green apple, round minerality. Cotton candy. T/ Full mouthfeel. Sweet, dripping ripe and caramelized yellows. Soft, confectionery laden, stewed hay. Winemaker = Todd Ziemann http://www.robertmondavi.com/woodbridge Price = $7.99 Rating = […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, “Fume Blanc”, Mondavi, Napa, California, 2009

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White blend of: 92% Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Semillon N/ Dry hay dominated. Also wafts of river rock, basil, and asparagus. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spicy, bright acid. Lean, angular yellow fruits. A tad salty. Winemaker = Genevieve Janssens Web = http://www.robertmondavi.com/ Price = $20 Rating = B- / B This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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USA, White Blend (Pinot Grigio dominated), Mondavi, Woodbridge, Lodi, 2010

White blend of: 76% Pinot Grigio, 21% “aromatic white varieties”, and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. N/ Simple and fairly flat, but with nice touches of: grapefruit, lime zest, river stones, green grasses, and light burlap. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Tart, refreshing acid pop hits first, and then leads to light, crisp citrus notes. Ending is […]

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France, White Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), Chateau Ballan-Larquette, Bordeaux, Gran Vin, 2009

N/ Lime zest, river stones, steel wool, dried hay and honey. Really quite elegant for the price point. T/ Full mouthfeel. Medium high, but clean, glycerol weight. Mineral-rich, yellow fruits. Hay infused spring water. Delightful, old-world structure, with enough of a fruit profile – that so many new world drinkers covet. Should be a crowd […]

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Australia, White Blend (Viongier and Marsanne), d’Arenberg, “The Hermit Crab”, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, 2008

White Blend of: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. Note 1: Another case of bottle variation… I had this many months ago, lost my tasting notes, but recollected a significant fondness for it… so I bought two new bottles last week.. bottle number one was reduced and had VA / nail polish aromas that all but […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with splashes of MB and WR), Blackstone, Winemaker’s Select, Monterrey County, 2009

A white blend of: 93% Chardonnay, 5% Malvasia Bianca, and 2% White Riesling. Note: After 30 minutes she nicely blossomed, in a way that was surprising for the price range. N/ Medium-high oak. Round, yellow fruits. Light hay. Light riverstones. Light confectionary. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Very nice balance of sweetness, acid, and wood work (especially […]

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USA, White Blend, Chenin Blanc and Viognier, Lorimar, Duetto, Temecula, 2009

A white belnd of 62% Chenin Blanc and 38% Viognier. N/ White flowers. Light dry hay. Wet stones. Tropicals. Grapefruit. Light petroleum. Light toast. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Round minerality. Medium-clean stone fruits. Citrus-kissed finish. Retail =$18 or just $13.50 for Lorimar’s wine club members. Very Good+. 89 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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