It has a seductive mouth-feel and its dominant flavors are green apple and grapefruit. Vintage Notes 2015 provided an excellent growing season for our Chardonnay vines. Critics review wines from all over the world. He lives in Huntington Beach. The definitive style of this wine carries a vibrant acid backbone, subtle vanilla spice and core flavors of fresh fig, quince, honeyed cantaloupe with a touch of grass — all combined for an elegant and boisterous sensation. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region, making it impossible to generalize about winegrowing conditions. This wine opens up beautifully with aromas of citrus blossoms, fresh ginger.
More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. Aromas of freestone peach, nectarine, mango, and pink grapefruit peel. Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is not easy. The cool, western portion is well suited to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is the world's most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted.
The resulting wine was more concentrated, dense and full bodied, especially noticeable on the mid palate. Orchard fruit, baked apple, white flowers and mint are nicely delineated, but it is the wine's energy and pure, saline character that give tension and pedigree. This Russian River pinot noir is an excellent value in these days of rampant pinot inflation. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Justin is the first to tell you that these are virtues of terroir: they are not created in the cellar, but delicately drawn forth.
The definitive style of this wine carries a vibrant acid backbone, subtle vanilla spice and core flavors of fresh fig, quince, honeyed cantaloupe with a touch of grass — all combined for an elegant and boisterous sensation. Some critics have noted nutty lime, gooseberry and saltiness. He only publishes wines that receive a 90 point score or higher. The sanguine finish is richly spiced. It sells out quickly every year; I recommend going to the tasting room in person. It sells out quickly every year; I recommend going to the tasting room in person. Crisp on the front palate, it broadens out to reveal a full mouthfeel with notes of mango, peach, and apricot.
Some tasters cite pear and pineapple aromas and citrus flavors, subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch at the end. White Wine by Balverne from Russian River, California. Complex aromas of Bosc pear, baked apple, toast and cream, with subtle arom. Rita Hills estate vineyard — a forty-five acre property, with some twenty-six acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This Paso cabernet sauvignon has typical notes of blueberry, blackcurrant and peppery spice leading to cocoa powder, caramel and pungent cedar. Aromas of freestone peach, nectarine, mango, and pink grapefruit peel.
Crafted to age gracefully over the next 5 years. It has a seductive mouth-feel and its dominant flavors are green apple and grapefruit. Later, some smoke, black tea and pepper sneak in, adding complexity that maintains its intrigue throughout the bottle. Dried strawberry and rhubarb pie cut by orange peel and a hint of mint on the palate. Aromas of lime zest and orange blossom. The finish is long and elegant, highlighted by toasted oak flavors and vibrant acidity. Bright acidity with a generous and opulent mouthfeel caresses the palate and leads into a finish that will continue to lengthen in the coming months.
Raspberry and mushroom give way to basil, strawberry and anise. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from and , many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America. Still a little grape-y now, but it should settle down if aged. He has been reviewing and scoring Australian wine for over 40 years. The finish has some pleasant minerality. A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors that glide across the palate.
Also irresistible, and considerably less expensive, is their barbera, which brims with the zing of this northern Italian favorite. Tastings are typically conducted blind. Both punch-downs and pump-overs are implemented; maceration often lasts some two weeks before the wine is pressed to tank and then barrel for elevage. He finds diamonds in the rough — overlooked or neglected vineyards — and turns them into alluring wine. Perfect Pairings Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The mouth feel is sweet without the sugar, with bright acidity.
Balanced, complex and full flavors of lemon oil, orange zest, and crème brûlée follow on the palate. The owners started planting our Sauvignon Blanc block in 2001. At Eos — the winery — we're just as passionate as our namesake, but our insatiable appetite is more wholesomely geared towards the production of dense reds, complex whites and luscious dessert wines. The best wines are then tasted and rated by individual editors with regional specializations. Hodgins has also written for American Theatre, Variety, The Sondheim Review and Backstage West. This Russian River pinot noir is an excellent value in these days of rampant pinot inflation.