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The Weekly Dozen - Mainly Whites + 2 Vermouths

This week’s 12 features a mixture of worthy white wines from Italy, California, France and Oregon plus a couple of Vermouths from California.

Vermouths fall into an interesting category as aromatic wines because, unlike table wines but very much like spirits, people tend to latch onto single favorites that fit their palate profiles – a favorite gin, a solo Bourbon, one white Vermouth.  Additionally, some drink Vermouth primarily either as an aperitif, usually over ice, or as a mixer for Martinis or Manhattans, which will influence their choices. But one should explore to see if a new one may lure you away from one you’re married to.

So here we go.

T.W. Hollister “Oso de Oro” California Dry Vermouth ($37). Vermouths are a combination of wine and botannicals, and the botannicals here have the aroma of a men’s cologne, which is also made from botannicals. The aromas and flavors are a little more catchy than most white vermouths, complex and lively and ideal for people who actually put Vermouth in their Martinis.

T.W. Hollister “Oso de Oro” California Red Vermouth ($37). More savory and less fruity/sweet than most red Vermouths, so it might better be enjoyed straight over the rocks rather than in Manhattans.

2018 Chehalem Willamette Valley Pinot Gris ($21). Veers toward the flavors of Sauvignon Blanc with clean fruit and crisp acidity.

2015 Marco Felluga “Molamatta” Collio Banco ($26). An interesting blend of Pinot Bianco. Tocai and Ribolla Gialla that is lively and full-bodied with a touch of pleasant bitters at the end. The tastes are slightly different, of course, but I would substitute Molamatta for a good Condrieu at the table.

2016 Marco Felluga Russiz Superiore Collio Sauvignon ($29). Quite nice – a blend of mainly mellow and green apple flavors with a little pear thrown in along with a touch of spritz.

2018 Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($32). Lean, green and very crisp, à la Marlborough.

2018 Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Viognier ($32). Still tightly wound with rich, delicious flavors of past-ripe pears and lots of baking spices.

2016 Marco Felluga “Mongris” Collio Pinot Gris Riserva ($36). Most Felluga wines are known for their fruit and structure, but this reserve has moderated fruit and broader barrel flavors.

2017 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Clos Saint-Landry ($63). A monopole vineyard owned by Bouchard, it produces here a rich and creamy white with mellow apple flavors. As delicious as it is now, it will be even better in a couple of years.

2017 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault Les Clous ($64). Firm flavors of green apples, minerals and chalk – it begs to be paired with sinfully rich poultry dishes.

2017 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse ($62). Very good. Beautiful cherry flavors and smooth textures with notes of savory spices in the finish.

2017 Bouchard Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin ($64). Very elegant – light bodied and very perfumed with light cherry flavors and a hint of chalkiness.

Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com.

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