Maycas Limari 2008 Chardonnay is grown 300 miles north of Santiago and 8 miles in from the coast. It’s 100% chardonnay and sells for $20. It’s nice that there isn’t too much oak on the front, but it has an interesting flavor that i’ve found in most Chilean wines. I’m not so much of a chardonay person, and this is a miss for me.
Ok normally i would NEVER ever ever say Cali. But, Biggie Big is calling my name, and since we’re in Virginia sweating our asses off, I thought it was appropriate as we taste the 2010 Sivas Sonoma Sav Blanc. This is a VERY grassy and green pepper wine. It is 68% Sonoma Valley and the rest of the fruit comes from Russian River; it is 100% stainless steel fermented and is aged on the lees. For $14 it could be a great summer quaffer, but it’s too grassy for me.
Jefferson Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris sells for $19 is made about 70% stainless, and produces a lovely wine that smacks of pears. A litle Riesling is blending in there as well and just a touch of secondary gives it a touch of fizz. There is also a smattering of Viognier for fun. I love pinot gris and this is really a classic pinot gris that I would buy. The pear component gives way to peaches and other stone fruit, and this tastes like dessert in a glass!