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.
<strong>Open Range, 2012 California Sauvignon Blanc,</strong> 14.2 percent, $15. 4 stars. A zesty sauvignon blanc with bright acidity and herbal tones. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, melon, lemon and jasmine. Crisp finish.
<strong>Robert Mondavi Winery, 2011 Carneros, Napa Valley Reserve,</strong> 14.5 percent, $40. 4 stars. A lush chardonnay with complex aromas and flavors. Notes of pear, lemon curd and hazelnut. Creamy texture. Rich, yet has good acidity. Lingering finish.