Califorinia Stars

J. Wilkes Santa Barbara County Bien Nacido Vyds Pinot Blanc 2005
Clean, lime and candy like a Riesling, quite dry with perhaps a bit of warmth which disappearred with chilling, long flavor of lime Bot. in Sant Maria 14.1% $20 at the Wine Emporium.

Ancien Carneros Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Gris 2006
Fresh fruit galore to smell, lusch fruit, soft profile and perhaps some sub-threshold RS fattening the wine. Vines were brought from Alsace, winemakers Ken and Teresa Bernards, Bot. in Napa 13.9% $22 at the Wine Emporium ancienwines.com

Ehlers Estate Napa Valley Merlot 2004
Sweet black fruit and oak blend to create a rich package that is silky and long-lasting. In honor of the founders Jean and Sylviane Leducq the winery donates proceeds of sales to cardiovascular research V&V Calistoga 14.9% $31 at the Wine Emporium.

 

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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