$10-19 White Varietals Tasting Notes

Page contains tasting notes White Varietals for wines priced in the range of $10-19.


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$14 | 2013 Neboa Albariño Rias Baixas
straw, color. floral, pear, spice, mineral, citrus. med+ acid.

$14 | 2013 Pazo Serantellos Albarino
light straw, in color. file: lime, grapefruit, peach. med+ acid.

$15 | 2016 Deusa Nai Rias Baixas Albarino
pale gold, in color. perfume of honeysuckle & orange flowers. peach, apricot, sliced red apple, lemon, mineral. everlasting peach, on a sharp acidity finish.

$18 | 2014 Opolo Wines Albariño
light straw color. honeysuckle, fruit cocktail, lemon, mineral. med+ acid. crisp finish.


$10 | 2015 Terre da Vino Roero Arneis
straw color. floral, pear, pineapple, lemon, mineral, spice. med+ acid.


$16 | 2016 Steinschaden Kamptal Grüner Veltliner
straw, in color. citrus blossom, grapefruit, white peach, crisp green apple, white pepper. abundant acid, on a dry finish.

$18 | 2012 Thomas Fogarty Winery Gewurtztraminer
pale. roses, ginger, unripe pear, spice, touch of sugar. med+ acid.

Grenache Blanc

$13 | 2012 Tangent Wines Grenache Blanc
pale, in color. floral, honeydew, apple, citrus, hint of spice. medium acid.


$11 | 2014 Sori Gramella Moscato D’Asti
light straw, in color. aromatic. fizzy, sweet, pear, mineral. med+ acid.

$12 | 2014 Cascunetta Vietti Moscsto d’Asti
light yellow color. pear, floral, honey, sweet, sweet with a bit of fizz.


$13 | 2016 Domaine de la Grenaudiere Muscadet SurLie
fresh, green apple, lime, grass, mineral, citrus peel.

Pinot Blanc

$17 | 2014 Elk Cove Pinot Blanc
floral, lime, pear, lemon zest, mineral, hint of spice. medium acid.


$17 | 2011 Andrew Rich Roussanne
light straw color. floral, pear, yellow apple, citrus, minerals, honey. med+ acid.


$15 | 2013 Miked Deiuliis Semillon
pale. lemon, lime, minerals, struck match stick. med+ acid.

$15 | 2016 Torbreck Barossa Valley Semillon
light gold, in color. lime, lemon, peach, pineapple, wax, mineral. fresh fruit finish.


$14 | 2014 Porvenir Amauta Torrontes
light straw. lemon, white peach, lavender, spice, minerals. med+ acid.


$11 | 2011 Bodegas Nidia Verdejo
golden straw, in the color. apricot, papaya, melon, pear, nuts, honey. sharp, lasting acidity, on the finish.


$18 | 2014 Tablas Creek Vermentino
pale color. floral, lemon, tangerine, citrus zest, sweet, mineral. med+ acid.

Vinho Verde

$10 | NV Aveleda Praia Vinho Verde
effervscent, lemon, lime zest, mineral. crisp, refreshing for those hot summer nights.

$10 | 2014 Aveleda Wines Vinho Verdee
pale, in color. canned pear, lime, floral. medium acid. light effervescence finish.


$19 | 2012 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Viognier
aromatic, floral, apricot, peach, honey. strong acid. lasting finish.

White Blends

$10 | 2014 Pine Ridge Winery Chenin Blanc/Viognier
light straw color. white peach, pear, lime. med+ acid. crisp finish.

$10 | 2015 Amalaya Bodega Torrontes/Riesling
perfume, basket of flowers, lemon, lime, apple, spice.

$15 | 2007 Darenberg Winery “the Hermit Crab” Viognier/Marsanne
straw color. perfumed floral, exotic spices, apricot, citrus, honey. med+ acid.

October 2016 Notes

Nineteen wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2014 Chateau de breze Clos du Midi Chenin Blanc.

2005-clarendon-hills-hickinbotham-grenache 2005 Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Grenache
decanted for an hour. intense plum, strawberry, coffee, anise, spices. warm finish. $32
2014-chateau-de-breze-clos-du-midi-chenin-blanc 2014 Chateau de breze Clos du Midi Chenin Blanc
light straw. apple, lemon, honey, chalk, citrus peel. med+ acid $26
2009-seghesio-home-ranch-zinfandel 2009 Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel
ruby. currants, stewed plum, cherry, pepper, vanilla. warm finish. $35
2013-hall-wines-napa-valley-cabernet-sauvignon 2013 Hall Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
garnet. cassis, blackberry jam, dark cherry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, vanilla. $40
2013-bethel-heights-eola-amity-hills-pinot-noir 2013 Bethel Heights Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
rose petals, pomegranate, strawberry, cherry, fresh earth, wet leather, spices. $29
1997-chateau-montelena-calistoga-cuvee 1997 Chateau Montelena Calistoga Cuvee
dried blackberry, plum, dried earth, savory, faded spice. $37
2013-st-innocent-shea-vineyard-pinot-noir 2013 St Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
raspberry, dark cherry, fresh wet soil, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, spice. $38
2015-elk-cove-pinot-gris 2015 Elk Cove Pinot Gris
apple blossom, white peach, apple, yellow pear, melon, lemon, citrus peel, touch of sweet. $17
2014-elk-cove-pinot-blanc 2014 Elk Cove Pinot Blanc
floral, lime, pear, lemon zest, mineral, hint of spice. medium acid. $17
2012-thomas-fogarty-winery-pinot-noir 2012 Thomas Fogarty Winery Pinot Noir
ruby. dark cherry, raspberry, tart cranberry, savory, earth, baking spices, cinnamon, clove. $33
2012-keenan-winery-merlot 2012 Keenan Winery Napa Valley Merlot
blueberry, cherry, plum, blackberry, green note, earth, tobacco, vanilla. tannic. luscious. $35
2014-frank-family-carneros-chardonnay 2014 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay
banana, tropical fruits, sliced apple, vanilla, toast, cinnamon, clove. creamy texture. $28
2014-patzhall-sonoma-coast-pinot-noir 2014 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
raspberry, cherry, clove, leather, cinnamon, vanilla, oak. fine tannins. needs years. $22/375ml
2010-domaine-e-guigal-crozes-hermitage 2010 Domaine E.Guigal Crozes Hermitage
smoked savory meat, pepper, blueberry, licorice, tar, tobacco. beautiful finish. $26
1997-kenwood-vineyard-cabernet-sauvignon 1997 Kenwood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
dried blackberry, dried earth. low acid. past peak. $21
2003-domaine-e-guigal-crozes-hermitage 2003 Domaine E.Guigal Crozes Hermitage
garnet. blackberry, plum, cherry, pepper, smoked meats, tobacco. lasting finish. $35
2012-domaine-lafarge-languedoc-grenache 2012 Domaine Lafarge Languedoc Grenache
floral, raspberry, strawberry, licorice, clove, pepper. $14
2014-etienne-sauzet-bourgogne-chardonnay 2014 Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Chardonnay
inviting bouquet of white lilies, pear, green apple, lemon. citrus peel, mineral, finish. $30
2013-antech-limoux-languedoc-cremant 2013 Antech Limoux Languedoc Cremant
fine bubbles. apple, lemon, lime, bread, cream. $13