Antica Corte Garganega Pinot Grigio

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A casual glance at this bottle suggests it’s a Pinot Grigio, but a closer look reveals that it is in fact 80% Garganega, and only 20% Pinot Grigio. The nose has some tropical fruit notes with hints of yeast and melon. While the palate does not offer much fruit, it is bright and acidic, with a bit of honeydew. (more…)

Emergence White Wine

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Although we generally prefer white wines with a bit of acidity, we did enjoy this fuller-bodied offering from Paso Robles. This blend–consisting of Grenache Blanc (33%), Marsanne (29%), Viognier (25%), and Roussanne (13%)–has an enticing nose of peach, cobblestone, and subtle floral notes. (more…)

Tres Pinos Three Pines Cuvee

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This white wine from San Luis Obispo is composed of Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and Viognier.  The nose offers hints of peach and pear, but the fruit is easily overwhelmed by petroleum. We found the palate to be flabby and unimpressive.

Louis Latour “Duet” Chardonnay-Viognier

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This blend of two soft and fruity varietals (70% Chardonnay; 30% Viognier) is marred by an off-putting nose. Nutty and yeasty are the kindest descriptors we could come up with. Like dog food is less kind, but probably closer to the truth. The oak barrels (or oak chips) used to make this wine should be turned into firewood; they are no longer fit for winemaking.