Matt Dees demonstrated his brilliance as a winemaker with Jonata’s inaugural 2004 vintage, and in 2007 he repeated this triumph. This precise and delicious Sauvignon Blanc offers deep aromas of lemon and orange blossom, acacia, and lemongrass.
Tasting notes: The Château de Fieuzal 2006 Pessac-Léognan Blanc is forward, generous, and rich, displaying long, deep flavors of ripe fruit and spice, and hints of lovely new wood. Worth knowing: Owned by the La Rochefoucauld family in the days before the French Revolution, Fieuzal was converted to a wine estate in the 19th century. […]
Tasting notes: The Merry Edwards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley exhibits refreshing honeydew melon and pear fruit—in this case, spiked with hints of limoncello and mace that carry on through the finish. Worth knowing: Few winemakers have graced our Best of the Best list with such pleasing frequency as Merry Edwards, who remains the […]
Tasting notes: The Dolce 2005 Napa Valley, though lavishly textured and dense, remains surprisingly light on the tongue, with flavors of lemon meringue, coconut custard, and torrone. Worth knowing: Ever since the late 17th century, when Hungarians discovered the ability of botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, to transform the juice of a simple grape into […]
Tasting notes: The Château de Tracy 2005 Pouilly-Fumé Haute Densité is a masterfully delineated rendition of sauvignon blanc—silky smooth, with juicy citrus, bright acidity, structured minerality, and tremendous depth and style. Worth knowing: The flinty, chalky, 76-acre estate of Château de Tracy, near Sancerre in the eastern Loire Valley, has a long and noble history. […]