WINE OF THE MONTH- JUNE

I must admit that I’m certainly more of a red wine drinker than a white wine drinker. I realize that it’s important to taste all varietals thoroughly to get a better grasp of the wide world of wine, but still must confess that my consumption is about 90% of the red variety. So, as those of us in the Midwest finally shake off what was certainly the most brutal weather to begin any year that most can ever remember, and as we welcome summer and warm weather at long last, I thought I should give some extra attention to refreshing white wines for the season. Last year, I recognized the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006 around this time. I recently finished my last bottle and tasted it against the 2007. While still quite refreshing and a great value, the 2007 just didn’t show the same complexity of fruit as the 2006, and since it wasn’t the best white wine I tasted this month, I decided to look elsewhere for my selection (besides, I can’t keep giving Kim Crawford the Wine of the Month every summer!) The wine I selected was highly acclaimed in its 2005 vintage, earning an astounding 95 Points from the Wine Spectator. I never got to taste the 2005, but was highly anticipating the 2006 version, and it stopped me in my tracks. I’ll be leaving for a short trip up to Sonoma and Napa next week, and will definitely be looking forward to tasting this one again at its famous winery. This might be the best California Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted in this price range.

RIDGE CHARDONNAY SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ESTATE 2006, 91 Points, $40, 2000 cases produced

Light, lemony spice aromas with floral notes and hints of earth. Subtle earthiness initially evolves into a creamy texture of pear and honey dew fruit above perfectly intertwined oak. Amazingly balanced through the long, creamy and complex length, all elements shine.

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