2013 Vallin, Vin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley

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Press and Tasting Notes

[90 pts Antonio Galloni] "Fresh citrus fruits, pear and quince on the nose, complicated by suggestions of jasmine, honey and ginger. Chewy and focused, offering bitter pear skin and orange flavors and a touch of green almond. The floral quality comes back strong on the finish, which clings with very good authority and subtle spiciness." Josh Reynol ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured September 01, 2015

THE REVIEW

Many have tried and most have failed. If you thought passing the Bar was hard, try passing the exams to become a Master Sommelier.
    There are only 230 Master Sommeliers in the world and only 147 live in United States. If you haven't seen the movie SOMM and are remotely interested in wine, we highly recommend watching this intriguing movie that follows the lives of a few friends as they attempt to pass the most grueling exam on the planet.
    Imagine if, just from sight and smell, you could nail not only the grape and the region of a wine, but also the vintage. If you could, you would be able to craft outstanding and complex wines.
    One such savant is Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson who was featured in SOMM and who is behind Vallin, along with Justin Willett of Tyler Winery. Their approach is to isolate great sites in the Santa Ynez Valley and pick early enough to preserve acidity and freshness. Passionate about Rhone varietals and their vibrancy, Vallin Vin Blanc is a Marsanne and Viognier blend that captures the highly aromatic and refreshing qualities of these two delicious white grapes.
    "Fresh citrus fruits, pear and quince on the nose, complicated by suggestions of jasmine, honey and ginger. Chewy and focused, offering bitter pear skin and orange flavors and a touch of green almond. The floral quality comes back strong on the finish, which clings with very good authority and subtle spiciness." Josh Reynolds, Vinous Media
    Now and over the next five years, crack a glass, pair with warm goat cheese atop zucchini and squash linguini, and enjoy the movie.Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »