Saturday, April 20, 2013

White Wines (USA)

White wines, as referred to here, are simply blends of different white wines, and are not strictly speaking a single (75%-100%) varietal. *
What makes a white wine verses a red wine is the grapes are not red, purple, or black, or if the skin be one or more of these colors, it is removed before the turning of grapes into wine (i.e., champagne from Pinot Noir grapes).

Primarily the white grapes used in USA white wine blends are Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Viognier, and Chenin Blanc.
However, many white wines may be quite exotic, the Sokol Blosser Evolution white wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Semillon, Muscat, Sylvaner, and Rivaner,  while the Stark Raving White is a blend of Chardonnay and Moscato, and the St. Francis White Splash is a blend of Gewürztraminer, Malvasia Bianca, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio; these however, are not the norm, but the idea behind white blends is to add or subtract from a single varietal's inherently strident flavor profile or to add complexity. So, for example, Duckhorn will add Semillon to its Sauvignon Blanc to soften, add texture, aromatics, and who knows what else, but the results are quite good.

This is a work in progress to aide those "Smart" phone users in a format designed for quicker and easier reference.

*Adelsheim Ribbon Springs Vineyard 2013 Auxerrois, $17.99-$21.99, 89 points
Anne Amie Vineyards Cuvée A Amrita 2015 White Wine, $11.04-$14.99, 91 points
Big House 2009 White Wine, $6.79-$7.99, 88 points
Clos Du Val Proprietary 2015 White Wine, $16.99-$45.99, 90 points
Conundrum 2009 White wine (a blend of four varietals), $18.99-$22.99, 89 points
Conundrum 2011 White Wine, $17.09-$21.99, 90 points
* Covey Run 2006 Semillon Ice Wine, $22.99-$25.99, 90 points
Evolution White Wine, $16.99-$20.99, 90 points
* Fess Parker's Marcella's Santa Barbara White Wine (Viognier) $15.99-$18.99, 91 points
* Flag Hill 2013 Cayuga White Wine, $10.39-$13.95, 87 points,
Insomnia 2010 White Wine, $7.99-$8.99, 84 points
Jezebel Oregon 2009 White Wine, $13.59-$18.99, 91 points
LIMERICK LANE 2010 Cuvee Blanc, $10.19-$23.99, 90 points
Pine Ridge 2009 Chenin Blanc + Viognier, $12.99-$14.99, 90 points
Pine Ridge 2012 Chenin Blanc + Viognier, $11.99-$14.99, 89 points
Pine Ridge 2013 Chenin Blanc + Viognier, $11.99-$14.99, 90 points
Pine Ridge 2016 Chenin Blanc + Viognier, $11.99-$14.99, 89 points
* Seghesio Russian River Valley 2012 Arneis (White wine),$10.99-$18.99, 91 points
St. Francis White Splash 2010 White Wine, $7.64-$10.99, 86 points
Stark Raving White Wine, $9.00-$9.99, 86 points
Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas 2015 Blanc White Wine, $18.69-$21.99, 91 points
Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas 2016 Blanc White Wine, $18.59-$21.99, 90 points
Treana Central Coast 2009 Marsanne-Viognier, $14.40-$20.00, 90 points
* Truchard Carneros Napa Valley Roussanne, $23.00, 88 points
* Valley Of The Moon Sonoma County 2012 Pinot Blanc, $13.29-$17.99, 88 points
Vina Robles Estate 2015 'White 4' White Wine (Paso Robles), $6.79-$15.99, 90 points
Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2014 White Wine, $17.99-$19.99, 90 points

* Single white wine varietals maybe listed here until an index file name is designated.

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