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Friday, June 25, 2010

Washington Wine Report: Live White Wine Blogging Part 2

White wine live blogging continuing at the Wine Bloggers Conference.

6. Concannon 2008 Chardonnay. Oldest continuous operating winery in the US. Started in 1883. Launching a brand new line of wine, Conservancy. All grapes from land they placed in a land trust. John Concannon is pouring. Certified sustainable winery. I like their ecological attitude. Rich and creamy with a bit of popcorn finish and hints of lemon. $12 to $14 per bottle. 16,000 cases.

7. Neethlingshof Estate Unwooded Chardonnay 2009. From South Africa. Made in environmentally/socially sustainable way. 14% alcohol with good acidic backbone. $15. Poultry, seafood and summer salad.

8. 2009 The Violinist Vedelho by Molly Dooker. The only white made by this Australian winemaker. Molly Dooker means lefthander. $25. Tomorrow night first opportunity to taste their 2009 reds including their $150 Velvet Glove. Also learned that they'll be serving their wines at the Comfort Inn where I'm staying tonight. This white has a taste of pineapple. Good with fish and summer vegetables.

9. Magnificent Wine Company House Wine white blend. Chardonnay, Riesling and Muscat Canelli plus Gerwurz and Pinot Gris. $13. Elegant and restrained. 1.3 percent residual sugar. Nice and restrained. Incredibly good value.

10. 2009 Dry Creek Chenin Blanc. True expression of varietal. Tasty! Wilson Ranch Vineyard. $12. This is a great discovery. 11,500 cases. Thai food, Asian food, curry dishes. This is one of my favorites tonight.

11. L'Ecole 41 Semillon. 2008 Columbia Valley. Complex blend of vineyards. Barrel fermented. Third oldest winery in Walla Walla. Family owned. Floral tones with flinty background.

12. Parducci Sustainable White Mendocino County 2008. Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Dry finish but a bit sweet on the uptake.
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