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This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, December 22, 2008

Holiday Wine Gifts - III

How about some whites? It's been a long time since I could afford good White Burgundy, but no matter because I actually like some of these "alternatives" even better.

1) 2007 Justin Sonoma Chardonnay - I gave this wine "Best of Show" at the recent First Press tasting in Tucson. I loved it so much I ordered a case. With the dry flintiness of a great Macon or Pouilly Fuisse, I would place it somewhere in between, perhaps in Saint Veran. Stony minerality balanced by just the right hint of lemon (about $20, available at the Sportsman in Phoenix )

2) 2007 ZD Chardonnay - Big, fresh, balanced, between a California and French Style. If not Le Montrachet at $300 plus per bottle, "save" maybe $100 on a Puligny-Montrachet (about $30 available at the Sportsman)

3) 2006 Lachini Pinot Gris - one of the best Pinot Gris I've ever tasted. Dry with lots of flavor interest. Not insipid like so many other Pinot Gris (about $20 available at the Sportsman)

4) 2006 Shadow Mountain Pinot Gris - Another Pinot Gris with character. I suppose you could compare this to a Pinot Grigio from Italy, but why bother since Oregon is the Pinot Gris capital of the world (about $15)*

5) 2007 Sleight of Hand "The Magician" Gewurztraminer - Trey Busch certainly worked magic with this dry, wonderful Gewurz. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble - a witch's brew of complex spice with flowers. Yum! (about $20)*

6) 2006 Cougar Crest Viognier - Wow! Everything you can hope for - good body, fruit, stone, with a little lemon zest. "Save" at least $50 on a good bottle of Condrieu (about $22)*

7) 2006 Amaurice Chardonnay - Ann Shafer started making beautiful wine right out of the gate. This is American White Burgundy at less than half the price ( about $30)

8) 2006 Lynmar Russian Rive Valley Chardonnay - Refreshing, not overoaked, has the "stony" minerality that I love. I liked this better than Lynmar's costlier Chards, though they are all quite good. "Save" half on an excellent Meursault ( about $30 at the winery)

9) 2006 Dutton Goldfield Russian River Valley Chardonnay - Why pay $65 for Kistler Dutton Ranch, when you can drink this beauty for only$30 (at the winery)

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