When the aromas of a wine jump out of the glass and smack you across the face, as opposed to a gentle caress, you know you’ve encountered an aromatic wine. Top white aromatic grapes include Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Viognier. Though there’s no set-in-stone definition for what characterizes an aromatic white, most winemakers agree on their general character. They display fresh fruit, especially citrus, along with floral and mineral highlights. Check out Team Bottlenotes’ favorite aromatic wines.
One of the top riesling producers from Alsace, the 2006 offers vibrant acidity, honeyed grilled lemon notes, and is absolutely delicious through and through. Find it here. The 2012 is also available for $25/bottle. Find it HERE.
MANINCOR “Eichhorn” Pinot Bianco 2012 (Alto Adige, Italy) $32
Manincor is, hands down, one of my all-time favorite wineries. Although their wines can be tough to find, the hunt is worth it. An estate that prides itself on tradition, passion and bio-dynamic principles, Manincor produces truly beautiful, complex wines that embody a remarkable sense of place. Their Pinot Bianco – Eichhorn – is no exception. Barrel fermented and aged for nine months on the lees, this wine boasts layer upon layer of rich melon fruit, fresh white flowers and clean river stones. Perhaps the folks at Manincor themselves put it best, and certainly most poetically: “vivid and flowery like a mountain meadow; long, lingering and aromatic like the sea.” Pair this with shellfish, ripe cheeses and a book of sonnets. Find it HERE.
DOMAINE DE LA COCHE Grolleau Gris (Loire Valley, France) $15
I discovered this wine recently at my local wine shop in Brooklyn. It's divine and highly recommended, particularly as we enter into the summertime. Beautiful fresh aromas with bright acidity, and touches of minerality interlaced with classic stone fruit characteristics on the palate. Well-balanced, unique, and a must try! Find it HERE.
ZOCKER WINERY Paragon Vineyard Grüner Veltliner 2012 (Edna Valley, CA) $20
I recently moved and was very pleased to find out my local Safeway has an amazing wine selection AND a 30% off sale 4 times a year! So I went in there, saw this bottle, and thought to myself ‘let’s give this a try’. Really great decision, if I do say so myself! When you take a whiff, you’re welcomed by a fruit party of fresh pear, apple, melon and grapefruit notes. The fun doesn’t stop there – your pallet is greeted by stone fruit and more citrus flavors. This is an awesome wine to enjoy at warm weather gatherings or a reward after a long day’s work. Your nose will thank you! Find it HERE.
YVES CUILLERON La Petite Côte 2012 (Rhône, France) $54
A classic producer from a classic region. This viognier will have you licking the bottom drippings of your glass for more. Le Petite Côte is a reference to the south / southeast-facing terraced vineyards overlooking the village of Chavanay. The exuberant nose of violet, apricot, exotic fruits and citrus leads to a mouth-watering lush palate. Find it HERE.
ODELL "Jaunt", oak-aged ale with Riesling, 2014 (Fort Collins, CO), $17 (750ml)
This is a beer-wine hybrid of 9.5%abv mixing wheat and pilsner malts and the juice of Colorado-grown Riesling. Aged on oak staves, it's got a peppery, intriguing bite I'd love to try with some BBQ chicken. Find it HERE.
BALO VINEYARDS Pinot Noir Blanc 2013 (Anderson Valley, CA) $25
I kicked off my best friend’s bachelorette weekend at Balo Vineyards with a bottle of their whole-cluster pressed, made entirely of stainless steel, bottle of pinot blanc. Needless to say, on an 84 degree day, without a cloud in the sky, not only was the day a beauty, but so was the wine! Complex, earthy, with lively strawberry and floral notes—it was bright with a fresh finish. Find it HERE.
TERRA D’ORO Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2013 (Clarksburg, CA) $16
The floral notes on this chenin blanc and viognier blend instantly made me think of my aunt’s garden that I explored as a kid growing up. From the pleasant start to the lingering finish, it was a treat with a lovely pear flavor. It struck a nice balance between the acidity of the chenin blanc and the more intense fruit flavors of the viognier. Find it HERE.