Silverdale, WA 14.5% alc. (Purchased on 4/23/14)
Back label of this SB says it’s produced and bottled by Maddalena Vineyard in Los Angeles, but also gives a web address of Ribioliwines.com Upon checking out that web site, I found these names are all part of the last producing winery in Los Angeles…San Antonio Winery…in production since 1917. Web site indicates that the family’s estate vineyards are in Paso Robles, Monterey and Napa Valley. Actually I remember visiting San Antonio Winery in L.A. back in the early 80’s.
The wine is brilliant pale straw; very pleasant aromatic nose of very restrained hay/grass, ripe pear and spice. Flavors of more pear, lemon/grapefruit and perhaps some faint clove; really no grassiness on the palate. A more fruit forward style with excellent acidity, balance and extract. Just a bit of heat in the finish from the slightly higher alcohol level. Quite tasty and not the least bit overblown. A very nice change from NZ/southern hemisphere SB’s. Fine with food or as an anytime sipper. Those who enjoyed the 2011 Lunatic white blend and 2011 Lake and Vine SB reviewed on the blog may also enjoy this white.