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Top-Rated Wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Barbara

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Enjoy these Top-Rated Wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Barbara

As the weather turns warmer, many people turn to white whites and these three whites from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Barbara are sure winners.  I recommend these top-rated wines because they are refreshingly crisp and are fairly inexpensive but still make worthy dinner companions because of the balance of fruit and acidity they bring to the table.  For this review, I  drank two Sauvignon Blanc wines, one from Napa Valley and the other from nearby Sonoma.  Next, I tasted a Santa Barbara County Chardonnay that was perfect for casual drinking on an unexpectedly warm day.

5/5 Silverado Vineyards Miller Ranch 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
This is a classic Sauv Blanc with grapefruit, lemon/lime zestiness. That’s why it earns a  great wine review rating. It has a lovely bright and crisp finish. Between this wine and the weather, it felt like I was enjoying a hot, August day. It’s great to see some of that esteemed Napa soil being used to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Blended with Semillion, this wine is a great example of a Bordeaux-style white. $22

Hanna Sauvignon Blanc

Hanna Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma

5*/5 Hanna Estate Grown 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma
My review for this wine is an impressive 5-star with value/5 rating.  I recommended this winery to a couple heading up to Sonoma for a long, weekend getaway. This wine is a great value especially from the Russian River Valley, which can be a high-rent district for California wineries. It’s wonderfully crisp, but delicate. It has the tropical flavor of pineapple, and a bit of Granny Smith apple with a lemon finish. Don’t be turned off by the screw-cap closure. $18

5*/5 Tangley Oaks 2007 Chardonnay, Lot #4, Central Coast
Here I go again with my Chardonnay disclaimer. I don’t typically care for these wines but, of course there are always exceptions, which explains the high rating I gave this Chard.  Tangley Oaks Chardonnay is not overly oaky, the very thing I dislike about chardonnays.  What a nice touch of vanilla with a Bit-o-Honey, which was one of my favorite candy bars as kid. Maybe I liked it so much though because it tasted like a Sauvignon Blanc with creamy pear and zesty lemon. $14

Here’s an explanation of my Tasting Notes Ranking System.



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