Aromatic White Wines
Go ahead, lift your wine glass and take a big sniff – perfumed aromas of gardenia, rose petal, orange blossom, citrus, fresh cut hay, exotic spices and other delightful scents will thrill your nose and later, your mouth. Oh yeah, life is indeed good.
Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and others are all among this family of aromatic white wines. One sniff of these should make you say “wow!” because of the intensity of the aromas. OK, I admit it – these are my favorite white wines. I enjoy a good Chardonnay, but aromatic whites always make my tail wag.
These showy white wines are perfect for summer sipping. They pair well with all kinds of foods, including an array of Asian foods, smoked salmon, chicken, and salads.
I had the pleasure of tasting a bunch of aromatic white wines – most were from California, but one was from Spain (and it was GREAT!). You may notice that there are quite a few five star wines in this tasting – they were all really good! Ready? Start your sniffers…
Five Stars – Personal Fave
De La Montanya
2010 Gewürztraminer, Russian River Valley $30
I wanted to splash some of this super-aromatic, mouthwatering wine behind my ears, then shuck my clothes and do a happy dance. It’s that good! Exotic spices, rose petal, peach and nectarine aromas and flavors play nicely together from the first sniff, through the zippy, zesty mouth and on through the finish. Oh, yeah!
2009 Pinot Grigio, CA $12
This wine is what we would call a “patio pounder,” because it is very, very easy to enjoy. Aromas and flavors of green apple, peach and citrus abound. The mouthfeel is crisp and juicy. Refreshing!
2009 Pinot Gris, Marguerite Vineyard, Anderson Valley $19
Sexy, smooth and exotic, like Sade, wearing a champagne satin gown, crooning “Your Love Is King.” Tropical fruits and exotic spices set the stage in the nose and continue as flavors in the mouth. Gorgeous!
Paco y Lola
2009 Albariño $20
I am standing on a balcony in Barcelona, wearing a diaphanous white muslin dress that flutters in the warm breeze. My Spanish paramour, Timoteo, brings me a plate of olives, some Manchego cheese and smoked anchovies. I take another sip of my chilled Paco Y Lola Albariño and smile my thanks. Uh, sorry…daydreaming! This wine is crisp, refreshing and delicious and would pair really well with those foods I was just daydreaming about.
2010 Roussanne, Paso Robles $26
Ooh! Spicy! Alluring aromas of sandalwood, green apple, toasted almonds and citrus delight the nose and continue as flavors in the perfectly balanced mouth. Visualize a young, leather-clad Robert Plant on stage with Led Zeppelin, whipping that lion-like mane of his and belting out “Whole Lotta Love,” and you’ll be with me on this one. Yum.
Thomas George Estates
2009 Viognier, Dry Creek Valley $28
Pretty, balanced and consistent. That’s this gorgeous Viognier in a nutshell, er, wineglass.
Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, peach, apple, pear and mineral notes are present and accounted for from the first mouthwatering sip, through the richly textured mouth and on through the finish.
2010 Viognier, Mill Road Vineyard, Paso Robles $21
This wine reminds me of happy times as a kid, laying on the floor in front of the TV, watching Saturday cartoons with my sister while eating Froot Loops© cereal right out of the box. Super fruity aromas and flavors of citrus, apple, pear and a hint of toast abound.
NV Moscato, CA $6.99
This crowd-pleasing wine is perfumed, slightly sweet and totally refreshing, like Drew Barrymore, sitting on a picnic blanket in a sunlit field of wildflowers, wearing nothing but a crown of daisies in her hair. Aromas and flavors of peach pie, gardenia, orange blossoms and spice delight the senses.
2009 Roussanne, El Dorado County $30
Aromas of crisp apple, citrus, toasted almonds, white flowers and a hint of green herbs tease you into a sip, then continue on as flavors in the richly textured mouth. Quaff!