It’s time to break out the whites!
Sure we’ve been dipping into white wine now and again during the cold, dark months of winter, but now we’re serious. new vintages are gracing out shelves, fabulous offerings from around the world are at our fingertips, but as is so often the case, the selection far exceeds our ability to filter it. That’s where our friends come in. Check out some of these great suggestions for Springtime whites from some of the best writers in the biz!
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As the weather warms many of you will transition from hearty reds to lighter and refreshing white wines. Besides Pinot Noir, our friends in Oregon’s Willamette Valley grow and craft some really nice acid-driven Chardonnays and Pinot Gris. The 2012 Aspen Pinot Gris (SRP $18) from Youngberg Hill is medium-bodied and fresh with a vibrant tropical core that’s accented by aromas of ripe pear and muted mineral tones. The palate offers yellow-fleshed fruits framed by a slight brackish quality with a supple mouth-feel and crisp, citrusy acidity that carries through from start to finish. Overall, a delightfully pleasing and food-friendly wine that’s ready for spring or summertime sipping. Approximately 107 cases of this wine were produced. Region: McMinnville, Oregon. (Other info: ABV 13.7%, 100% Stainless, screw cap enclosure.)
Favorite white wine for spring A Vermentino from Liguria, from the Colli di Luni, Cantine Lunae Bosoni, was light and dry with citrus and apple notes as well as floral hints and some minerality. An oenologist friend calls Vermentino a semi-aromatic grape, not quite as aromatic as Moscato or Gewurztraminer but mid-way. I love Vermentino in the spring. Luni is an ancient Roman city near the Magra river. The whole area runs from the Apuan foothills to the Mediterranean and is at the crossroads between Liguria and Tuscany.