A lovely, perfumed nose opens with baked apples and white flowers. Apple and pear lead on the palate, with florals, minerality, and lively tropical fruit on the mid-palate and finish. Clean, crisp, and refreshing, this would pair beautifully with fried fresh-water catfish. Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH WHO: Wente WHAT:
Fresh cut apples and apple pie mix on the nose. This unoaked Chardonnay is loaded with tropical and citrus fruits, with a steel backbone. Green apple, pineapple, and lemon zest are followed with softer guava and mango. Lemon zest lingers on the finish. Drink with poached sole. Highly Recommended. 91
Aromas of baking apple tart and vanilla roll up from the glass. Buttery apple pastry with cinnamon and nutmeg come through on the palate, rich, round, and soft. Drink with blackened grouper with plenty of kick. Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH WHO: Wente WHAT: Chardonnay WHEN: 2015 DESIGNATION: Riva Ranch
That California’s Livermore Valley is largely off the radar for wine geeks and collectors is one of the more bizarre turns in the history of U.S. wine. While rarely mentioned in the same breath as Napa Valley, Sonoma County, or Paso Robles, it could easily be argued that no other
Aromas are lovely, with soft sweet citrus and magnolia wafting up from the glass. Tight, clearly defined tropical comes out up front on the palate, white grapefruit, mango and Valencia orange. White florals come through on the mid-palate, but not as powerful as on the nose, more orange blossom than magnolia.
The nose shows baked apple and a tiny dash of nutmeg. The wine is soft of the palate, baked apples and pears, with hite florals coming through on the mid-palate. It was aged in 50% natural oak and 50% stainless steel, and it shows. It has soft, sweet fruits with a
One very interesting aspect of the wine tasting profession is the notion of a regional palate. The difference is clear to those who judge at competitions that use tasters from all over the world, or even just from different parts of North America, from east to west coast. There is
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