Saturday, July 20, 2013

Top California Whites from Wine Spectator: Organic Rhones Among Them

Wine Spectator's latest California Whites roundup (in the Aug. 31 issue - out now) features organically farmed wines among the winners - with all three organically grown wines are white Rhones.


• 91 Points

Bonny Doon - 2010 Le Cigare Blanc $50
Blend: 56% Roussanne, 44% Grenache Blanc
Cases made: 494
Alcohol: 12.4%
From Bonny Doon's biodynamically farmed Beeswax Vineyard, an anomaly in Monterey County
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The 2009 lists for $24.

• 90 Points

Tablas Creek - 2011 Cotes de Tablas Blanc $27

Blend: 27% Viognier, 26% Grenache Blanc, 25% Marsanne, 22% Roussanne
Cases made: 1,475
Alcohol: 13.1%
Organically farmed from a winery co-owned by a famous French Rhone producer in Paso Robles with choice vines imported from their Rhone vineyards


Bonterra - 2011 Viognier Mendocino County $14
Blend: Viognier with a little Muscat (percentage unspecified)
Alcohol: 13.9%
Organically farmed and widely distributed; grown in Mendocino County. Bonterra is a perennial pick in Wine Spectator's Top Values.

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