CHARLES KRUG Winery’s 2015 Carneros Chardonnay pays homage to founder Charles Krug on the front of the bottle along with the winery’s long history in Napa Valley — it’s the oldest winery there. Charles Krug also was among the first to grow Chardonnay in the cooler Carneros area of Napa Valley. Charles Krug established the winery in 1861; James Moffitt owned it through Prohibition; then the Cesare Mondavi family purchased it in 1943 and holds it to this day.
Charles Krug Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2015, $21: Complex with sturdy acidity, nice integration of oak and a barrelful of tropical fruit: citrus, pineapple, melon, white stone fruit. Half the juice is fermented in oak, the rest in stainless steel.
WHITEHAVEN makes awesome Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on New Zealand’s South Island. Owner Sue White founded the winery with her late husband Greg in 1994. Critics love this brand.
Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2015, $20: Gorgeous tropical fruit, razor-sharp acidity, not too green, not too herbal. This is a complex wine with layers and layers of flavor: pineapple, melon, citrus; green herbs and spicy chili peppers; sweet ripe pear and apricot. Swallow and the flavors persist. It’s food all by itself. Pour it and notice how it dominates conversation. (Image courtesy of winery.)
PIEROPAN’s lively 2015 Soave Classico DOC will wake up your palate. The Pieropan family has been making this dry white wine in Italy’s Veneto region for more than a century. The winery is in the center of the village of Soave with vineyards beneath the medieval walls. Members of the fourth generation are growing and making the wine. Check out the beautiful Web site.
Pieropan Soave Classico DOC 2015, $20: Aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, mandarin orange and green apple lead to juicy flavors, lively acidity and just a kiss of honeyed sweetness. Vibrant minerality is woven through the flavors. (Image courtesy of winery.)
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