($42; 16.5% alcohol) Light yellow-gold. Vibrant apple, pear and quince on the nose, with subtle baking spice and white pepper notes adding complexity. Improbably light on its feet for a wine with so much alcohol, offering spicy orchard fruit and bitter citrus zest flavors, with floral honey on the back end. Strikingly elegant for its head-spinning (on paper at least) alcohol level. Finishes clean and with unexpected cut. I felt like I'd gone down the rabbit hole with this one.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed... Read More »
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