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US NEW RELEASES
SAUVIGNON BLANC

507413

$14

2015 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc (Best Buy) ^
This lush, almost waxy chenin has a refreshing pea-tendril greenness that acts as an
appetizing counterpoint to its weighty texture. A hint of lavender spice gives it surprising nuance relative to its accessible price.
(2,200 cases)

VIOGNIER

92 | Frog's Leap

449868

$20

2016 Russian River Valley Old Vines
Colombard (Best Buy) ^ Harvested from
34-year-old, dry-farmed vines, this is a Sonoma white without pretentions, as juicy as a
white peach, yet cool and crisp, with grünerlike hints of white pepper and celery. It's
ready to brighten any picnic. (307 cases)

RH ONE-VARIETY BLENDS

$25

2016 Rutherford Napa Valley Sauvignon
Blanc (Best Buy) ^ Richer and more unctuous
than most recent releases of sauvignon from
Frog's Leap, this wine still holds its freshness
over the course of several days. John Williams
and his team farm organically, without irrigation, which resulted in a particularly concentrated wine in 2016. Its flavors transform
from lime and beeswax toward passion fruit,
with hints of toast from long aging on the
lees. Clean and lasting, the flavor and texture would complement roast arctic char or
other rich fish.
507610

92 | Presqu'ile

$26

2016 Santa Maria Valley Sauvignon Blanc ^
Pungently grassy at first, this cool-climate
sauvignon blanc turns out to be surprisingly
substantial, that green scent transforming
into layered notes of hay, gooseberry and
salt that last with concentrated yet racy flavor depth. It will make you crave seafood,
like steamed clams or mussels. (1,300 cases)
507297

449826

91 | Hearst Ranch

$14

507957

COLOMBARD

90 | Y Rousseau

87 | Steele

2016 Lake County Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc (Best Buy) ^ With its sunny, sweet
peach tone and mouthwatering acidity, this
is a simple, pleasant sauvignon blanc for
lunches on the patio. (2,500 cases)

CHENIN BLANC

89 | Vinum

$24

2016 St. Helena Napa Valley Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Best Buy) ^ This
wine's deep hue and lemon-oil scents mark
it as a white from the warm reaches of St.
Helena, even as there's intriguing earthiness
in the finish, with enough freshness to keep
it focused and firm. It's a polished white to
serve with grilled prawns.
507606

Our blind panels tasted 858 new-release US wines for this issue.
Our critics rated 115 as exceptional (90+) and 28 as Best Buys.
Joshua Greene covers Napa Valley; Luke Sykora covers the rest of California.
Patrick J. Comiskey covers New York State, Oregon and Washington.
Find a complete list of wines tasted and all reviews at wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

CA LI FO RN I A W HIT E

90 | J. Lohr

$22

2015 Paso Robles Three Sisters Cuvée
White Wine (Best Buy) ^ A blend of grenache
blanc, viognier, roussanne and picpoul, this
has a tropical, mango-like generosity and
plumpness of fruit. For all its weight, there's a
sneaky brightness running through the wine,
and pretty scents of fresh green herbs and
bee pollen. It feels wholesome and satisfying.

91 | Stewart

$25

2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Best
Buy) ^ What oak scents introduce this wine are
quickly overtaken by the fruit, a spicy whitefruit flavor with green scents of fennel and
pale yellow notes of chamomile. The finish
shows no overt oak, only the constraint of the
structure to keep the fruit in line. The gentle
richness and grapefruit-like acidity place it
with seafood sausage. (771 cases)
507566

507683

86 | McManis

$12

2016 River Junction Viognier (Best Buy) ^
Soft and supple, this captures the juicy peach
tone and honeysuckle florality of ripe viognier without pushing too far into sweetness.
Drink it while the grill heats up.

WHITE BLENDS
507807

90 | Massican

$30

85 | Seven Daughters

$13

2016 California Gemina ^ Dan Petroski
blends pinot grigio from Napa's Chiles Valley with greco from the Russian River to create this sunny, super-refreshing white. Its
clean citrus-peel flavor lifts toward a charming scent of white flowers-just the thing to
pour at an outdoor midsummer dinner party.
507283
2015 California Crisp White Winemaker's Blend (Best Buy) ^ Plump and honeyed,
with a golden apricot flavor, this is a luscious
white, well priced for summer weddings.

C ALIFORNIA ROSÉ
449869

90 | Y Rousseau

$24

2016 Solano County Rosé of Tannat ^ Leave
it to a native of Gascony to try his hand at a
rosé based on tannat. It's normally a tannic
variety, but Yannick Rousseau transformed it
into a brisk, zesty, salmon-colored wine with
a juicy pink citrus flavor that brings to mind
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