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As of July 1, 2012 our wine rating comparisons will no longer reference the Wine Advocate.  We have now replaced their ratings with those of the Wine Enthusiast. Several factors led us to this decision.  First, due to the rediculous subscription price of the WA and Robert Parker’s defacto retirement and the strong ratings of The Wine Enthusiast as well as their free searchable on-line database we feel we provide better value to our readers with WE review references.

Husch Vineyards – 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino

DdV: 88
WS: n/a
WE: n/a
Price: $11 – $14
Blend: 100% Sauv. Blanc
Source: 100% Mendocino County

This is a fantastic Sauv. Blanc for any price but is a terrific deal at just over ten dollars.  Nice floral and fruit notes on the nose with plenty of green apple, bright melon, and citrus on the mid palate.  Juicy rich mouth feel and a wonderful bright clean finish.  This is a great wine for spicy mexican, Cajun, indian, or south-east asian fare.

Chalone Vineyard – 2010 Chardonnay Monterey

DdV: 88
WS: 86
WE: n/a
Price: $8.99
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Source: 100% Monterey County

A nice refreshing and bright Chard.  Nice citrus, apple, and pear notes come together with a refreshing mouth feel and finishing with a perfect hit of oak and a nice hint of taglio.   Awesome value and will pair nicely with grilled chicken or shellfish.

Luna Vineyards – 2010 Pinot Grigio

DdV: 90
WS: n/a
WE: n/a
Price: $11.00
Blend: 92% Pinot Grigio 8% Albarino
Source: 100% Napa Valley

The 2010 Pinot Grigio has changed in it’s makeup from 2009 as they have now added a small amount of Albarino to the mix.  Albarino is a white wine varietal typically grown in Spain and Portugal and is known for it’s lush mouth feel and apricot and peach notes that is very similar to Viognier.  This addition gives this wine a different but equally fine result as the 2009 we raved about a few months ago.  Similar apricot and wysteria blossom on the nose gives way to zesty lemon, more apricot, and tangy peach on the finish.  A bright, light, refreshing wine with a soft lush mouth feel.  Although the price is up a buck or two from last year, still a fantastic value.

Try this with some prosciutto and melon.  Fantastic!

Joel Gott – 2011 Sauvignon Blanc California

DdV: 89
WS: n/a
WE: n/a
Price: $11.00
Blend: 100% Sauv. Blanc
Source: Monterey, Lake County, Lodi, Russian River

Another really nice bright refreshing Sauv. Blanc.  Bright citrus (meyer lemon and key lime) are out front with a nice clean smooth finish that includes hints of honeysuckle, and crisp melon.  A very nice balance to this wine.  Great for seafood, asian dishes, or other spicy fare.  Great by itself as well.

Big House – 2010 Big House White California

DdV: 85
WS: 86
WE: 84
Price: $7.99
Blend: 22.7% Malvasia Bianca, 15.9% Gruner Veltliner, 15.7% Sauvignon Blanc,
9.2% Gewürztraminer, 7.9% Riesling, 7.3% Chenin Blanc, 6.1% Muscat Canelli,
5.2% Viognier, 4.5% Verdelho, 4.4% Albarino, 1.1% Pinot Gris
Source: Various California

A very soft and refreshing white blend.  We have to admit the blend (see above) is just nuts but it does prove to be a terrific wine! Melon and citrus on the nose with apricot, citrus, tropical fruit on the mid palate finishing with a dry shot of peach.  Great wine for fruit salads, shell fish, Chinese or Thai takeout.  Very good value and quite food friendly!

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