Wine & Spirits: 2013 Reviews

2013 Massican Annia: Dan Petroski fashioned this from his favorite Friuli whites, blending it from friulano (44%), ribolla gialla (36%) and chardonnay (20%). The friulano comes from Nichelini Vineyard in Chiles Valley, most of it planted in 1946 and dry farmed. More than half of the ribolla comes from the vineyard George Vare planted around his house, west of the city of Napa. Petroski uses chardonnay from Hyde in Carneros to boost the wine’s acidity, creating a remarkably fresh Napa Valley white, with delicate white-flower scents and bright lemon-lime tightness. It’s also suitably rich, with deep buttery white-peach and peach skin flavors. You can pour this with something elegant, like seared scallops and truffled potatoes, or go casual with a Monte Cristo sandwich. Either way, it’s delicious. 92 points. (Best Buy)

2013 Massican Gemina: From a mature block of musque-clone chardonnay at the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, this wine forms a clean arc of pear-like fruit. That simple message is complicated along the way by a light touch of white pepper (alcohol) and broad, bitter toastiness (oak and lees). But they are footnotes to the continuing line of pale fruit. Cellar this for a year or two and those complications will become complexities. 90 points.

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