Offbeat Spring Whites

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2011 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier California 12% $12

Rather clear and precise on the nose, with lemon, treacle, and honeycomb fruit topped with sweet, almost violet floral aromas and a mango top note. Creamy orange and lemon flavors and aromas pop on entry, followed by a nice hint of creamy honey and lightly spicy floral notes with an edge of peach on the back end that leads to a clean, clear and vibrant peach and Meyer lemon finish. This has a lovely texture with just a hint of richness draped over vibrant green plummy fruit. 88 points

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  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 62

    It's REALLY disappointing to read these lists where Italian whites are constantly snubbed. Only one Italian variety and it's grown in CA. Spain, on the other hand is CONSISTENTLY represented.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Oh Wayne, Patience. Italian Whites will have a list of their own in just a few days.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 62

    Ah! Now your singin' my canzone! ;-)

    Apr 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

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