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Is there a house style? Yes. All wines must have rich, clean fruit flavors. But they must have enough mineral backbone to balance the richness. Almost all are delicious on release, but they must also improve with age.
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Brilliant straw-yellow, with pungent aromas of pear and apricot, high-toned and almost saline, the 2012 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay is deeply concentrated, still showing off Chassagne-like balance, Tanzer said this one "conveys a powerful impression of intensity without weight, like the best white Burgundies" -- before he dropped the 93+ point bomb that seems almost out of character.
The highest-rated Chardonnay in five years from Tanzer's International Wine Cellar sporting anything like today's WineAccess price is now up for grabs. 490 cases made it stateside, 75 of which are earmarked for WineAccess. $35 on release. Only $24.49 for no more than a couple of hours this morning. STRICT LIMIT of one case per member! read more »
Brilliant straw-gold in color, the aromas are of ripe citrus and lavender oil, laced with apricot essence and ginger. The attack is rich, compact and weighty, packed with ripe apricot and lychee, laced with bitter honey. While amply kissed with sweetness, Tanzer noted, the 2010 Gewürztraminer "Herrenweg" has "such bright, ripe acidity that it really doesn't taste sweet after all."
A lofty 93 points from Wine Spectator. True to form, Tanzer came in at 91+ -- as high as he would go for any luscious 2010 Alsatian white from this miracle vintage. $31 on release. Just $21.99 this morning on this exclusive Direct Import. COLLECTOR ALERT. Shipping included on 6. read more »
The 2012 Solena Estate Pinot Gris is pale green-gold in color. Explosive on the nose, featuring ripe melon, white peach and orchard fruits, complicated by white flowers. Wonderfully juicy on the attack, with vibrant golden apple, exotic fruit concentration, gently kissed with just enough sweetness to keep the bracing, mineral finish in perfect balance.
Don't let the price tag fool you. This is rich, zesty, marvelously complex, mineral white -- from a miracle Willamette Valley vintage -- masquerading behind a far too affordable price tag. read more »