Artesa 2010 Carneros Chardonnay 14.7% $15

Napa and Sonoma fruit. 60% French oak, 40% Stainless, 50% Malo

Smoky and nutty on the nosewithg leesy floral tones and almost peachy orchard fruit.  Round and rather opulent on entry, definitely creamy on the mid-palate with good underlying brightness, the fruit, a touch dried maybe some apricot and orange, orange creme on the backend. Nice lightly nutty finsih. Good length. 88pts. Good value!

 

Vino 50 Shindig White 90% Vidal Blanc/ 10%Riesling 12.5% $16

A project born to produce the the finest white American wine for Sushi

A touch mineral on the rather neutral nose, Pith, lots of citrus notes here. Super crisp and bright with a nice blend of inner mouth perfumes and crisp, lightlymineral flechted citrus fruits. Nice persistance on the finish, more of the same but this is fresh and bright. A great summer wine. refreshment in a bottle! 87pts

 

2010 Veritas Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 13% $25

UC Davis 1 and Musque

Good depth on the nose, nice complexity on the nose, there's fruit here along with some vegetal tones that recall peas and a hint of mineral. Previously reserve was the Musque alone.  Big entry lovely vibrant acids supporting the round entry, all SS ferment with barrrel ageing. Super fine expression on the palate, this exhibits elegance and depth. Finsihes with mineral and citrus fruits.90pts

 

2009 Le Gay Rose 13.5% $13

Beefy, smoky accents on the nose some cherry fruit lurking.  Round, nice accent notes, lots of dried strawberry and dried cherry fruit, a touch sweet, the sugar lends this good length, creamy on the finsih. Nose is oaky and the finish shows a bit of the nutty spice. A bit of a serious rose that shows a bit more sugar than one might expect from this style. 85pts