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Summer selections...

Too often single varietal US interpretations of white Rhone grapes are one dimensional and unbalanced, leading one to wonder why when Marsanne, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc et al. are invariably blended at home we insist on trying to them stand alone on foreign soil. The answer is given in the rare occasion such as this where a single varietal not only makes a balanced wine but one of complexity and interest.

Curran, Grenache Blanc, Santa Ynez 2007

An expressive fruit driven nose that makes one feel as though they had walked into a pastry shop or grandma’s kitchen. Poached pears, apple crumble, lemon meringue and key lime pies all enhanced but subtle hints of vanilla and warm spices. A round creamy mouth feel that finishes cleanly and keeps you coming back for more.

89 points. Drink now-2010.

Mahoney Vineyards, Riesling, Carneros 2007

A bone dry light mineral driven entry not bereft of fruit, spice or intrigue. Clean green fruit with hints of rhubarb, lime marmalade and greengage followed by a steely/chalky minerality a slightly savory mouth feel and a slightly watery finish. Best as an accompaniment for chacuterie/anti pasti, served cold on a hot day.

84 points. Drink now-2010.

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