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Three recent releases from California

December 14, 2016 2 comments

A couple weeks ago we tried the trio of wines featured in today’s post.  The 2015 Ghost Block, Sauvignon Blanc, Morgan Lee Vineyard, Napa Valley is an attractive, sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc of substance.  While being the opposite of a grassy, acidic wine it is not over done.  It is flavorful and you may drink it over several days.  The latest 2015 Neyers, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County is a bit of a step down from previous vintages.  The Neyers Chardonnay 304 is a staple in our household.  I find this new vintage a bit too rich and missing some liveliness.  I will try another bottle in case something went wonky.  Finally, the 2014 Halcon Vineyards, Tierra, Yorkville Highlands tempers Petit Sirah to be a flavorful, mouthfilling wine capable of aging yet without bracing tannins.  If black fruit, baking spices, sage, and oregano sound interesting to you then you will certainly enjoy this wine for many years to come.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2015 Ghost Block, Sauvignon Blanc, Morgan Lee Vineyard, Napa Valley
This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc aged sue lie.  Alcohol 13.8%.  This bright, mineral wine is full of white and yellow fruit.    It drinks well over several days maintaining a rounded start and an increasing amount of lemon flavors that fill the mouth.  A substantial wine.  *** Now – 2017.

2015 Neyers, Chardonnay 304, Sonoma County – $22
This wine is 100% Chardonnay that was fermented and raised in a combination of stainless steel and cement.  Alcohol 14.1%.  The oak upbringing is still obvious on the nose.  In the mouth this wine is almost rich and certainly broad shouldered with tropical, white flora, fruit flavors. There are fine toast and sage notes.  It could stand more acidity.  ** Now.

2014 Halcon Vineyards, Tierra, Yorkville Highlands – $26
This wine is 100% Petit Sirah that was aged in 25% new oak.  Alcohol 14.6%.  This wine is very forward, immediately conveying savory and mouthfilling flavors of black fruit, cinnamon, and other baking spices.  It sports a dry texture and a rather interesting finish that mixes sage and oregano notes.  ***(*) Now – 2031.

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