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North Coast

Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier 2017

North Coast, California, United States
4 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 87/100

Cline Vineyards is family owner and operated in Sonoma County with owner Fred Cline being one of the original Rhone Rangers. Sonoma’s complex and varying topography and altitudes, combined with its climate of warm days and cool nights, allow for a variety of grapes to have the potential to mature evenly and fully as is the case with this Viognier. Grapes were all handpicked and matured in a 50/50 mix of neutral French oak and stainless steel, allowing for both some richness and the preservation of fruit and floral characteristics. On the nose, it is very aromatic with white flower and orange blossom, followed by white peach, pear and citrus pith. Almost off-dry and full bodied on the palate with floral, peach, pear, spice and apricot flavours. The high 14.5 ABV is well integrated with the medium finish having a floral and spicy tone to it – lovely accompanied by a spicy Asian stir-fry.

North Coast

Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier 2018

North Coast, California, United States
4 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 87/100

Cline Vineyards is family owner and operated in Sonoma County with owner Fred Cline being one of the original Rhone Rangers. Sonoma’s complex and varying topography and altitudes, combined with its climate of warm days and cool nights, allow for a variety of grapes to have the potential to mature evenly and fully as is the case with this Viognier. Grapes were all handpicked and matured in a 50/50 mix of neutral French oak and stainless steel, allowing for both some richness and the preservation of fruit and floral characteristics. On the nose, it is very aromatic with white flower and orange blossom, followed by white peach, pear and citrus pith. Almost off-dry and full bodied on the palate with floral, peach, pear, spice and apricot flavours. The high 14.5 ABV is well integrated with the medium finish having a floral and spicy tone to it – lovely accompanied by a spicy Asian stir-fry.

Mettler Family Vineyards Albariño 2017

Lodi, California, United States
4 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 85/100

While the Albarino grape tends to be identified with the Galicia region of Spain and/or the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, however there are notable plantings of this varietal in California as well. The Mettler family has been growing grapes in Lodi since the late 1800’s and remain a hands-on family operation to this day, employing certified organic farming practices. This 2017 Albarino is fresh, dry with a little body to it. Traditional aromas and flavours of peach, floral and lime zest shine through, intertwined with some apple, pear, melon and a little pineapple. The medium finish rounds out with notes of nectarine, a little spice and a touch of minerality. A unique and different white alternative that goes along well with light salty snacks and good backyard fun.

Estate

Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2015

Monterey County, Central Coast, California, United States
4 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 88/100

Nestled in the Gavilan Mountain Range we find the oldest producing vineyard in Monterey country belonging to Chalone. Situated at the base of an extinct volcano, this secluded winery has a rich wine-making history, with one its own Chardonnay’s placing 3rd overall in the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris. The limestone soil mirrors that of Burgundy, France and provides an ideal opportunity to integrate Burgundian grape growing philosophies. 100% Chardonnay, this 2015 Chalone is a dry, almost medium bodied white with well balanced and well integrated hefty 14.4% ABV. Aromas of lemon, peach, buttery popcorn, smoke, toast and a little white pepper arise in harmony, with the palate mimicking the nose albeit with attributes of apricot and soft vanilla. The 10 months in French oak (of which 15% was new) smooths out the wine, contributing to the silky smoky and buttery finish. An ideal match for a decadent and creamy risotto.

Brut Rosé

Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2015

North Coast, California, United States
5 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 94/100

When Jack and Jamie Davies took possession of the old Schramsberg estate in 1965, their goal was to revive Napa’s first hillside winery and to produce world class Sparkling. Their dedication and dreams came to fruition during the Nixon era, when Schramsberg became official White House stock, served at official state functions to this day. And it is easy to understand why. The moment you lift your glass to your nose you are greeted with fresh aromas of strawberry, raspberry, lemon, per, with softness of biscuit, cinnamon and vanilla. Bright and dry on the palate, elegant fine bubbles dance around flavours of red cherry, red berry, red apple, lime zest and a little brioche. Produced via the Traditional Method with hand picked and gently pressed grapes, you can taste the care and quality involved in this 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay blend. Dry, refreshing and clean – textbook finesse in a bottle. An outstanding Bubbly that pairs very well with seared salmon however it is lovely on its own anytime, with no “formal dress” code required ??.

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