Top Italian varieties from California

news  %tages Top Italian varieties from CaliforniaCalifornian producers are finally building a selection of quality Italian grape variety wines. See Decanter expert Jon Bonne's top picks.The description of Italian grapes in California has been, to be candid, a near-total failure. Its greatest success was found in the mid-20th century, when jugs of not-quite-Chianti were made from Carignan, Zinfandel and many additional varieites California had inherited.
But the Californians success has changed when they thought less about copying Italy and more about incorporating the right grapes into its Pacific culture.
Jon Bonne gives us his top 10 picks of the best Italian varieties in California:

Matthiasson, Colorless Wine, Napa Valley 2013

September 25, 2015

Taut and lemony, with freesia, green tea and grey salt, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com and ripe tree fruit matched by stony...

Points 94

Ryme Cellars, Hers, Vermentino, Las Brisas Vineyard, Carneros 2014

September 25, 2015

Both ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Vermentinos from Ryme are compelling, but Hers tends to win. This...

Points 93

Massican, Annia, Napa Valley 2014

September 25, 2015

A balance of overweight fruit from Chardonnay, the ripe vintage, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com with intense greenness...

Points 92

Arnot-Roberts, Ribolla Gialla, Vare Vineyard, Napa Valley 2013

September 25, 2015

From George Vare’s original site, ageing in amphorae brings flesh to this. Funky gooseberry and...

Points 91

Edmunds St John, Heart of Gold, El Dorado County 2014

September 25, 2015

A liberal dose of Grenache Blanc brings flesh to the http://1000-facts-about-wine.com intense stony, resinous notes of this...

Points 89

The Scholium Project, FTP Pinot Gris, Kirschenmann Dairy farm, Mokelumne, Lodi 2014

September 25, 2015

With some whole clusters fermented in the juice, this is unusual stuff, as you’d expect from...

Points 89

Birichino, Malvasia Bianca, Monterey County 2013

September 25, 2015

User-friendly and fun for fans of http://1000-facts-about-wine.com that Gewürztraminer-like blossom flourish of Malvasia. Banana...

Points 88

Giornata, Barbera, Paso Robles 2014

September 25, 2015

Giornata, Barbera, Paso Robles 2014 17/20pts Tense, balsam accents and deep cherry fruit, with that pure fruitiness that’s all too More…

Points 90

Idlewild, The Bird, Flora & Fauna Red, Mendocino County 2014

September 25, 2015

Idlewild, The Bird, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Flora & Fauna Red, Mendocino County 2014 17/20pts This mix of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo is robust, More…

Points 90

Palmina, Dolcetto, Santa Barbara County 2013

September 25, 2015

Perky and fresh – this is less about Dolcetto’s classic dusty notes than an illustration of refreshing...

Points 89

 
 
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