Miscellaneous White

Balletto Vineyards, 2012 Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley, Sonoma

This Pinot Gris is made in a rich, ripe style. The faintest touch of sweetness greets your palate but it’s not off-putting. It’s surprisingly pleasing – like that sloppy wet kiss from your friend’s grandmother that you don’t really mind because she’s kind of hot. The palate bursts with ripe red and yellow apple flavors, combined with subtle melon nuances. A brisk minerality kicks in the finish, leaving you thirsting for another kiss, I mean sip. $18.

Rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Vina Robles, 2013 White4, Paso Robles

So many consumer-friendly, Rhone styled white blends from California are boringly sweet imitations of the popular Ménage a Blah. It’s refreshing when you encounter a wine that delivers invigorating fruit flavor without the residual sugar. I don’t think I should call the a Rhone styled wine but I can certainly call it refreshing and dry. In addition to the Rhone variety Viognier (61%) it’s made with 33% Verdelho, and 3% each Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc. The nose and palate display subtle citrus characteristics that bounce between orange and peach. The crisp acidity and zesty minerality create a lively tension – kind of like the feeling you get when your wife catches you looking at other women in the mall.  $16

Rating: 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)