I haven’t been reviewing as many standalone wines lately as I’ve been focusing more on experiences, especially winery experiences for American Winery Guide. I have TEN winery reviews in the queue for publication, so stay tuned for those to go live throughout 2016. At any rate, I recently enjoyed a couple of noteworthy samples that are worth sharing. In fact, I would consider these to be great solstice sippers, aka Beth’s Smart Sips for their outstanding QPR.
2014 Stoller Chardonnay, Dundee Hills (sample, SRP $25)
On #ChardonnayDay (always the Thursday before Memorial Day!), I stumbled (literally!) across this lovely sample sent to me last fall. Estate grown and fermented and aged in stainless steel, this is a great example of unoaked chardonnay. Pale gold in the glass, it boasts aromas and flavors of juicy apples, pears, peaches, and citrus with mouthwatering acidity. Stoller was the first LEED® Gold certified winery in the world. 13.3% ABV. Screw cap closure. Winemaker: Melissa Burr. Wine Spectator 90 points and Tasting Panel 91 points, for those counting. The 2015 vintage is the current vintage and can be purchased at this link.
2015 Tank Garage Winery Stars Like Ours Rosé, California (sample, $48 for a three-pack)
Comprised of 72% pinot noir, 22% grenache, and 6% syrah, this rosé is a gorgeous, rich watermelon color in the glass. On the nose, it exhibits a mélange of red berries, and on the palate, pink grapefruit and tart strawberry share the stage with zippy acidity. The Laserweb-created label has cutouts for the stars, so the color of the wine shines through and the stars brighten as you consume the wine. It comes in at a very quaffable 12% ABV. It is only available for purchase in a three-pack at this link. The back label is nearly as cool as the front label, so I’ve shared it below. Pair this with summer and never dream alone.
Cheers to the June solstice!