The Hedonistic Taster: Summer White Wines

The Hedonistic Taster

by L.M. Archer

LM Archer is a fine wine, food and travel writer specializing in Bourgogne, bubbles and the business of wine.

As we approach the dog days of summer, I’ve opted to share a slew of cool white wine samples worth sipping well past Labor Day.  Enjoy!

Santorini Boutari 2016 Assyrtiko white wine is grown on the Greek island of Santorini.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko White Wine

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $25

Robe:  Clear golden robe.

Nose: Pine, jasmine, saline aromas.

Bouche: Lemon-citrus, saline, mineral bouche; light-medium body, acid+, fandango of a finish. A delicious rendering of the Assyrtiko grape produced on the idyllic island of Santorini, meant to pair with seafood. A pleasant surprise for those willing to voyage into Greek wine.  Excellent quality wine. 

 

Masseria Altemur IGT Fiano Salento IGT is produced by Zonin 1821.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Masseria Altemura Fiano Salento IGT – Salento, Italy

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  13%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $13  

Robe:  Clean, light straw hue.

Nose:  White floral, almond,  mineral aromas.

Bouche:  Honeyed almond blossom, white stone, stone fruit bouche; seductive tango between unctiousness and minerality. Exceptional quality + value wine.

J Dusi 2017 Pinot Grigio us produced in Paso Robles, CA.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  J Dusi Pinot Grigio – Paso Robles, CA.

Vintage:  2017

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $24 

Robe:  Pale straw hue.

Nose: Green grass, acacia, pear, stone fruit aromas.

Bouche:  Pear and stone fruit aromas carry through on the bouche; light body, acids, finish. Picnic wine.

Pomar Junction Winery & Vineyard 2017 Sidetrack White wine is produced in Paso Robles, CA.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery Sidetrack White Wine – Paso Robles, CA.

Vintage:  2017

Alcohol:  14.2%

Link to Producer Specs here. 50% Viognier, 35% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc

Suggested Retail: $15

Robe:  Clear lemon hue.

Nose:  Orange blossom, nectarine, ripe pear aromas.

Bouche:  Bartlett pear, white nectarine, acacia bouche; rounded, fleshy mouthfeel; medium body, acids, finish. Patio wine.

Opolo Vineyards 2017 Roussanne is sourced from Paso Robles, CA.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Opolo Vineayrds Roussanne – Paso Robles, CA.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $26 

Robe: Light gold robe.

Nose:  White peach, green apple, Meyer lemon aromas.

Bouche: Discrete stone fruit, mineral and citrus bouche; medium body, acids, finish. A supple, summer wine best served chilled, either as an apéro, or paired with small plates like fresh melon and prosciutto.

Have a favorite summer white? Leave your comments below – cheers!

More of The Hedonistic Taster here. 

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