Irresistible whites and rosés for spring sipping
There are striking wines to discover in Wine Country, ones that will whet your appetite for whites and rosés this spring. Many are a winery’s signature offering; ones so compelling you won’t be able to resist buying a bottle or two. Here’s a sampling of some not-to-be-missed bottlings produced in Sonoma County.
Mill Creek Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer Estate, $25. A vibrant gewürztraminer with layered spices and a kiss of honeysuckle.
At Mill Creek, the wines are offered in a unique tasting room, a redwood barn with a waterwheel. The Kreck family has been growing grapes since 1965, with its first vintage in 1974. (millcreekwinery.com, 707-431-2121, 1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg.)
Leo Steen, 2017 Saini Farm, Dry Creek Valley Chenin Blanc, $18. This chenin blanc has a supple texture, with a range of flavors – lemon curd, mineral and white pepper. It has pitch perfect balance and it finishes crisp.
The son a of a chef, Leo Steen Hansen is a winemaker who is particularly gifted with chenin blanc, a rare bird among varietals. His boutique winemaking, crafting small batches, is turning heads. (leosteenwines.com, 707-433-3097, 53 Front St., Healdsburg.)
Quivira Vineyards, 2018 Wine Creek Ranch Rosé, $22. This is a gorgeous rosé with bright fruit – rhubarb and pomegranate – and crisp acidity. This rosé is “intentional,” which means the grapes were harvested at the opportune time for this bottling.
It’s gorgeous. (quivirawine.com, 707-431-8333, 4900 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.)
Scribe Winery, 2018 Estate Riesling, $38. An impressive dry riesling, this bottling has great minerality and high-toned fruit.
The vintners at Scribe craft beautiful whites, and they’re brilliant at drawing in celebrities like Amy Schumer and foodies to celebrate food and wine pairing. (scribewinery.com, 707-939-1858, 2100 Denmark St., Sonoma.)
Anaba, 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, $36. This is a cool-climate chardonnay with notes of lemon curd, orange blossom and herbs. It’s buoyed by crisp acidity and this chardonnay is one of this winery’s best efforts.
It’s a popular pouring in the tasting room, a restored 100-year old farmhouse.
For the curious, the name “Anaba,” comes from the anabatic (upward) winds that glider pilots depend on for flight. (anabawines.com, 707-996-4188, 60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma.
Wine writer Peg Melnik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-521-5310.