Sunday, August 10, 2008

Vacation Whites, etc.

The 1997 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello *** is a sometimes gorgeous wine.  My previous experience with this wine, at a Wine Spectator tasting in 2007, was phenomenal.  Previously, I had tasted one bottle damaged by heat - thin, bland, and boring.  And before that, I had been less than wowed.  This time around, the wine was very clearly Monte Bello, with dark berry fruits, thick tannins, and strong underlying acidity.

The 2006 of Dumol's "Lia," a Russian River Valley Viognier *** was super: rich and ripe fruit, tight body, good length.

The 2003 Kistler "Dutton Ranch" Russian River Valley Chardonnay *** was a pale gold color, with petrol and a little rubbery funk on the nose that dissipated as the wine opened up to reveal lemon meringue pie and custard notes.

We also cracked another bottle of 2004 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay **.

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