Tag Archives: White Wine

La Vieille Ferme Blanc 2015, Rhône, France

My Rating 83 Points. Price $9. Light golden in color. Gorgeous nose of white flowers, tropical fruits, citrus, lemons, grapefruits, light banana, kiwis, pineapples, green apples, minerals and white pepper. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, with medium-plus acidity and long legs. Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, green apples, minerals, melons, wet […]

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2014 MATCHBOOK “THE ARSONIST” CHARDONNAY @Costco

Now that we are blessed with the occasional sunny and warm afternoon, I find myself starting to move towards the lighter reds and heavier whites.  I have always been a seasonal wine drinker, for the most part, sipping on whites throughout the summer and almost only drinking the big reds when it’s uncomfortably cold outside.  So, what I want lately is a big white with some body and oomph to it.2014 Matchbook “The Arsonist” California Chardonnay

If The Arsonist bottle isn’t a clear enough indicator of the style of wine that’s inside, perhaps the bold label and name are.  The bottle is heavy, with a deep punt, wide body, and thick lip.  I love the bottle.

I love the wine as well.  This 100% chardonnay from the Dunnigan Hills AVA is golden yellow with slow legs. The nose brings honeysuckle, Bartlett Pear, coconut, and toast.  I immediately noticed the smooth and round body, soft on the palate with pineapple, melon, and honey.

There is a nice undertone of minerality in the wine as well, creating balance so that it isn’t an oak/butter bomb.  The finish is coating and creamy with good length and a very subtle smokiness. I would pair this with shrimp alfredo, rotisserie chicken, or grilled salmon. I tried it with a slice of almond pound cake which I think worked very well. The sweetness of the cake really brought out the subtle minerality of the wine.

Frequent stirring of the lees, known as bâtonnage, is what gives this wine the smooth and creamy roundness that I so enjoyed (along with malolactic fermentation, of course, but that’s another post).  Lees are a by-product of fermentation, specifically when yeast cells are destroyed by autolysis.  These cell particles precipitate in the bottom of wine vats while aging, and are sometimes left to rest so that the wine can age “on the lees,” or sur lie in order to extract yeasty aromas and flavors.

Other times, winemakers will frequently stir these lees in order to extract more flavor and to create the creamy, buttery mouthfeel.  If you like this quality in a wine, look for “lees” somewhere in the wine description.  This is one method that some Pinot gris Producers in Oregon use in order to make a different style of wine from the grape than you would typically find in Italy, where it is known as Pinot Grigio instead.

Wine Enthusiast gives this wine 91 points and an “Editor’s Choice” designation.  Vivino users rate it 3.9 out of 5 points with an average price of $22.

Cost: $14.99

Krunch Rating: 90 points

 

Costco SKU #: 1135136

Donnafugata Anthilia Sicilia Bianco DOC 2015, Italy

My Rating 82 Points. Price $15. Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint. Gorgeous nose of white flowers, tropical fruits, kiwis, pineapples, lemons, grapefruits, minerals, green beans, green vegetables, oak, light vanilla, honeydew and white pepper. Light to medium bodied, with medium plus acidity, crisp and engaging. Tart on the attack, and dry […]

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Kritter Ice Blanc de Blancs Semi Dec Vin Mousseux Non-Vintage, France

My Rating 87 Points. Price $15. Lemon in color with a yellow tint. Great nose of flowers, kiwis, tropical fruits, peaches, red apples and grapefruits. Medium plus in body with lots of bubbles and medium acidity. Semi sweet on the palate with peaches, lemons, grapefruits, salt and sugar. A sweet medium finish. This French […]

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Weingut Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner Kremstal 2015, Austria

My Rating 81 Points. Price $18. Pale lemon in color. Pepery nose of grapefruits, bitter herbs, green pepper, light white flowers, white pepper and biter almonds. Medium-bodied and crisp with high acidity. Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, bitter herbs and white pepper. Long finish with bitter almonds and black pepper. This Austrian […]

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