The Hedonistic Taster

by L.M. Archer

L.M. Archer is an international fine wine writer specializing in Burgundy, bubbles and emerging wine regions.

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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