For white varietals, cooler vintages are generally better and 2011 was the third “chilly” vintage in a row. Stone fruit notes of white peach and nectarine wash over a slatey minerality of wet pebbles from a stream. A round fat mouth feel compliments flavors of apples and pears, with a brisk tingle of acid on the tongue, finishing with an expression of cantaloupe and gentle neutral oak. Think of pairing this with skewered day boat Mendocino scallops, wrapped in pancetta, sizzling from a smoky wood grill.
Carneros, Napa Valley
14 months American