Can American Vitis species produce wines that compare with those made from vinifera on a global stage? If so, will the wine traditionalists ever accept them? While continued research and experimentation with these varieties will hopefully answer these questions, perhaps an educational introduction will get the ball rolling.
This lovely and impossibly easy to drink white wine is a blend of chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and gewürztraminer. Stainless steel aged, it exudes tropical fruits, orange blossom, bergamot notes and a hint of honey. All that pairs marvelously with our leafy green salad.
This is a very pleasant Sauvignon Blanc. It is neither overblown with oak nor starkly acidic and reeking of cat urine. Rather, it has grassy flavors with white grapefruit and just a tiny background hint of gooseberry. It has a smooth glycerin mouth-feel and food-friendly acids.
Clear, medium-light, golden yellow. Clean, grass, straw, grapefruit, lime, minerality. Dry, medium to medium-plus body, medium-plus to high acidity, long finish. Lemon, tart citrus fruit, flint, herbal notes. A classic Sancerre—herbal, grassy, zingy, cat pee. Perfect pairing with chèvre. Read more wine reviews on my blog, oe•no•phile.
The first white wine from Cornerstone Cellars, this single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the color of pale straw or the delicate liquid of honeysuckle sparkling in the first morning light. Bright and citrusy on the nose, with aromatics of pear, tropical fruits and gooseberry; it’s more Loire Valley Old World than New World pipi du chat. It opens up to a warm pleasant nuttiness. Once in the mouth, there is a luscious creaminess I don't usually associate with Sauvignon Blanc; smooth on the tongue and seductive on the palate, without sacrificing bright citrus, red grapefruit and a zesty acidity. Balanced and sophisticated, the lingering finish offers firm minerality. Read more on Another Wine Blog.
The L'Ecole No. 41 2008 Estate Luminesce is from Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley. Pale straw in color, this blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc offers a nose of grapefruit and lychee with a touch of honeysuckle and slate. Bright minerality on the palate, with more grapefruit and citrus, the Luminesce finishes with a little touch of lemon zest. Perfectly balanced. A great pairing for seafood. Released in September 2009, Luminesce is 14.2% alcohol by volume. The fruit is sourced from sustainable-farmed vineyards, and the wines are certified Salmon Safe. Read more on Another Wine Blog.
A classic Bordeaux-style white blend of 69% Sémillon, 26% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. I believe this was the first time I had ever tasted Washington State wine with Muscadelle. The nose on this white wine was of honeysuckle and the palate was clean, fresh and dry with taste of melons, lemon and a bit of honey.
Lots of tropical fruit and citrus on both the nose and the palate with this entry-level white wine. For the price, it will serve perfectly as that Tuesday-after-work patio wine. And, when someone wants to add ice cubes in the glass or mix it with soda, you won’t flip out. Read Kathleen’s full review on her blog Between the Vines