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Scouting for the tastiest mixed whites

Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of mixed whites with a range of varietals, from gew?rztraminer to chardonnay to sauvignon blanc. While the wines showed well across the board, our wine-of-the-week winner is the Thomas Fogarty, 2012 Monterey County Gewurztraminer at $19.

<strong>TOP PICK: Thomas Fogarty</strong>

<strong>Thomas Fogarty, 2012 Monterey County Gew?rztraminer,</strong> 13.3 percent alcohol, $19. 4 stars. An exotic gew?rztraminer with crisp acidity and complex flavors. Floral, with notes of bright fruit, ginger and mineral. Lovely spice notes. Striking.

<strong>Other impressive wines:</strong>

<strong> Merry Edwards, 2011 Olivet Lane, Russian River Valley Chardonnay,</strong> 14.1 percent, $60. 4 stars. An elegant chardonnay with good bones (structure) and complex flavors. Notes of apple, apricot, cr?e brulee and caramel. Lush texture. A standout.

<strong>La Crema, 2013 Monterey Chardonnay,</strong> 13.5 percent, $20. 4 stars. A tropical chardonnay that's a steal for the quality. Floral, with notes of pineapple, herbs and spice. Well-integrated. Nice length. Well done.


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