Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Sheldon “La Naris” Roussanne/Viognier, Sonoma Coast.
This serious and sexy white has vibrant flavors and wonderful texture, and is fast becoming a favorite for most interesting domestic white of the year! Ever since tasting this beauty in barrel I’ve been crazy for her, the nose is more restrained now in bottle, but should get more perfumy with a bit more time, but the layers of stone fruit are amazing and are very Chateauneuf blanc like with apricot, white peach, pear, tangerine, quince, mineral, spice and a touch of tropical fruits. This white had zest and tangy notes, but is lush and round on the palate with a slight creamy/oily feel like a Hermitage blanc, all in balance and with real depth. La Naris is a gem and gives lots of pleasure, good job Sheldon’s, kudos.
($30 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive