International Wine Report: 2016 Reviews

2016 Annia: 92 points. The 2016 Annia is a blend of 60% Ribolla Gialla, 31% Tocai Friulano and 9% Chardonnay. This is the second vintage where winemaker Dan Petroski has selected Ribolla Gialla as the primary varietal in this blend. As this begins to open it releases pretty aromatics of ripe pear, golden apple, almond, fresh peach and white flowers all taking shape beautifully in the glass. On the palate this displays lovely balance with a gorgeous texture, backed by a flavor profile of orchard fruit and citrus, which all lead into the elegant finish. Overall, the Annia is delicious now and should continue to drink well over the next handful of years. (Best 2017-2022)

2016 Gemina: 91 points. The 2016 Gemina is a blend of 79% Pinot Grigio and 21% Greco. As winemaker Dan Petroski points out there is not much Greco available in California and Mother Nature has not been very kind to it. With that said, Dan has done a wonderful job with Gemina in 2016. The wine has pretty aromas of citrus peel, spring flowers, chalky mineral, crushed stone and a touch of honey. It has a gorgeous texture with lots of citrus and bright acidity on the palate. Overall, this is a fantastic wine which can be enjoyed now or over the course of the next few years. (Best 2017-2022)

2016 Hyde: 91 points. The 2016 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay is a terrific showing in this vintage. Winemaker Dan Petroski harvested his Chardonnay twice. The first fruit was picked early in August, which was planned for use in his ‘Annia’ white to add structure to the blend. The second pick took place within a few weeks, but was slightly delayed as a result of the cooler weather in Carneros. Nonetheless, this Chardonnay opens to vibrant aromatics of citrus, nectarine and crushed stones followed by hints of jasmine and almond. On the palate it possesses a beautiful texture with wonderful balance of minerality and acidity lasting through the finish. While this Chardonnay is already offering plenty of early appeal, it also shows the potential to further evolve with some short-term cellaring. (Best 2018-2025)

2016 Sauvignon: 91 points. The Massican Sauvignon comes from vines in the Napa Valley, originally used for Mondavi Winery’s Fume Blanc. Winemaker Dan Petroski started working with this Sauvignon Blanc in 2009, with the intent to use it as a blending varietal with Annia. Due to the Sauvignon’s expressive character, the blend did not work out as planned as the Sauvignon dominated. As a result Dan decided to let the Sauvignon shine on its own. This decision has certainly paid off, as this is a gorgeous Sauvignon, which delivers vivid aromas of lime, asian pear, lychee, tropical fruit and white flowers. On the palate this is fresh and crisp, with excellent balance and depth of flavor, as it all comes together beautifully on the lovely bright finish. (Best 2017-2022)

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