PnP and enjoyed while prepping dinner. This wine is clear in appearance, light straw color, fading to a watery rim. The nose is in good condition, and is in a developing stage, showing off med intensity aromas of green apple skin, lemons, w gravel, and a zing of white pepper. The palate shows off a dry wine, med/med(-) in body, med/med(-) in alcohol (listed at 13.1% abv). Flavors here are med intensity lemon curds, green apple, and lime, with a hint of minerality and gentle spicy zing. There is bright med(+) acidity, and med length finish that is tart green apple skin and chalky minerality. This is a very good quality, quite delicious Calif Vermentino, drinking well now, and will probably continue to drink well another year or 2, but it is so nice now, I wouldn't wait any longer myself.
Mineral notes on the nose, along with citrus leaf, lime flower and an initial low end funky quality that needed time and a bit of cooling (58 to 50 degrees f) to burn off. All the aromas carried over to the palate. In the mouth, an initial impression of sweet citrus and white peach quickly turns crisp, with just a hint of tropical fruit, and a medium, clean, mineral-laced finish.
Served double-blind at a CT offline. My notes/experience is consistent with Loren Grossman's, which is to say I enjoyed it. In fact, when it was revealed I certainly wasn't expecting TC, but then I'm not surprised, either. How nice that they keep it affordable (~ $20), too. recommended, 13,1% abv
TN: Barbaresco, Barolo, Ridge + (Pranzos): I really like this wine. Its been a while since I have had the opportunity to try it. Light golden in color. Very mineral driven nose, also has some tangerine and a bit of lanolin. On the palate, the minerality follows thru. Some citrus. Slight bitter note in a good way. Very nice mouth-feel. Food friendly.
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