2017 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Russell Bevan makes one of the best California Sauvignon Blancs but this may be the best vintage yet.  Pop and pour and this was off and running.  Light golden in color, slight green.  Gorgeous nose of tangerine, floral notes, slight vanilla and caramel.  With air, a bit of clean pine as well.  Great texture.  Slightly oily, full bodied and lush.  Deep and powerful.  Flavors of tangerine, pine, vanilla and slight papaya.  Persistent and fresh.  Worked great with food.  Got better with air.  At around $35, this is well priced.  

2001 Château Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

What a fantastic wine.  Deep golden in color.  Very pretty.  On the nose, there is honey, sea air, and apricots.  On the palate, this is very complex.  Apple, honey, some citrus (almost a burnt sugar-ish citrus if that makes sense).  With air, some creme brulee emerges.  Long finish.  This is sweet but not as sweet as I expected and no where near cloying.  Good acidity.  The wine has decades left.   

2015 Château Beauregard Ducasse Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Gold/silver/copper in color.  The nose has lemon and minerals with a bit of a metallic quality to it.  On the palate, this has good acidity.  Full bodied.  Green apples especially on the finish.  Slightly oily texture.  This is a very nice, relatively inexpensive white Bordeaux that is drinking fine right now.  I doubt it makes old bones, but that is fine.  Food friendly as well.  

2005 Gravner Breg Anfora, Italy, Friuli, Wine Review

It can be hard to find a time to open these kinds of "orange" wines.  I love them but they are not for everyone.  This is a white blend of grapes that is fermented, on the skins in amphorae and then finished in barrels.  It has Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Riesling.  These kind of wines are best served at cellar temperature.  Golden brown in color.  The nose is oxidized but also has some apple cider, slight citrus and even a floral note.  If oxidized wines bother you, stay away.  I found the nose vibrant.  On the palate, this is also vibrant and full of energy.  Apple cider

2016 Tulip Winery White Tulip, Israel, Upper Galilee, Wine Review

Israel now has a vibrant wine culture.  Despite a history going back for centuries, wine production is really rather recent as little wine was made during the period of Arab control.  Tulip is one of the better wineries making a wide range of international varietals.  A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Gewurztraminer, this is green/gold in color.  The nose has some initial lemon notes followed with some canned white grapefruit juice qualities.  On the palate, this is round but retains a nice acidity.  Grapefruit.  Slight sour lemon candy notes.  A bit clipped and warming on the finish. 

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