Finalists for Organic White Wine of the Year were rated as the finest examples of organic white wines that Organic Wine Review assessed this year. All have received 90 points or higher. This is an exciting and likely competitive categories with three Californians (a Chiles Valley Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon, Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc and Monterey Chardonnay) battling an Oregon Pinot Gris and a Spanish blend of Macabeu, Parellada & Xarel-lo. Be sure to vote for your favorite.
“Diesel-infused olive salinity.” Parés Baltà Blanc de Pacs 2009 comes from the Penedès region of Spain. It is made with the same 3 grapes used to make Cava (a Spanish sparkling wine): macabeu, parellada, xarel-lo. The grapes are organically farmed, but not certified. Essentially this is a “still” Cava. The nose is fascinating: minerals, diesel (in a good way), and the salinity you’d experience in olives. Clean, minerally, fruity, light. We love this wine with olives. Great value for a great quality wine. 90 Points.
“Chiles sauvignon blanc spices up this sémillon.” Volker Eisele Napa Valley Gemini 2007 white wine blend is 70% sémillon and 30% sauvignon blanc from their certified organic estate vineyards in Chiles Valley. This wine delivers melon, fig and both orange and cherry blossom on the nose. It delivers an unusual and fascinating experience in the mouth: the sémillon weighs tongue down and then the sauvignon blanc cuts right through the middle. 90 Points.
“$10 stumble home drunk . . this ain’t.” Morgan Chardonnay 2007 is from certified organic Double L Vineyards in Monterey County. This is not a cheap chard; rather one well-suited for a special occasion. On the nose: silky elegance of pear, oak, apple and even some lime. Exudes light whipped yet creamy butter. All is well in balance in this wine. Tremendous length with a gorgeous finish, punctuated by nice acidity. A chardonnay that feeds the soul and makes you hungry at the same time. 91 Points.
“Sip & slurp with seafood.” Elizabeth Spencer “Special Cuvée” Sauvignon Blanc 2008 is from Mendocino County, a wonderful cool climate. Shows similar to a French wine with strong minerality and structured acidity. Grapefruit, lime, zest and floral notes. This a wine to sip and slurp an enjoy all at once. $15-20 a bottle. Great with seafood. Well balanced. 90 Points.
“No crocodiles – just Pinot Gris in Dundee Hills.” Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris 2008 demonstrates that Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley of Oregon is not only great for Pinot Noir but is also a wonderful climate for Pinot Gris. Grapes are certified organic. The nose of this wine is incredibly balanced with notes of peach, citrus, fig and orange blossom. It is full-bodied, unctuous, a little oily with a hint of bitter apricot. Food-loving wine. 90 Points.
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