2015 J. Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc

2015 J. Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc
2015 J. Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Blanc
Appearance: Pale straw color with brilliant clarity.
Aromatics: Stone fruit (peach/nectarine) skin and flesh, white fruit blossoms on a warm Spring day, Summer rain on granite, hint of vanilla brulee on green apple.

Palate: Crisp, bright, mineral and fruity-quite dry with lip-smacking structure/acidity. Lively, saline, stoney, fruity, nervey and begging for seafood. Profound tension between freshness and structure with a persistent and notable nectarine in the finish.

Food Pairing: St. Louis or Carolina - style BBQ, the smokier and tangier the better. As the winemaker is an honest oyster addict, he freely admits he crafts this wine to match perfectly with cold-water oysters or a NOLA-style fried oyster Po'-Boy. Charcuterie or salumi. If it has pig and salt, it will match perfectly. Anything fried and any white sushi or sashimi, especially yellowtail, monk-fish liver or scallops. 

Aging: Ready now but previous vintages show this wine gains minerality and nuttiness with 5-12 years in the bottle, and ages far more gracefully than expected. Don't be in a hurry, but don't miss out on its youthful charm either. In other words, buy a case and drink a bottle every few months. May want to save the last bottle for a special occasion around 2025. Decanting/aerating suggested until 2020. 

Cases Produced:  500

Winemaker: Wes Hagen

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VarietalPinot Blanc
AppellationSanta Maria Valley
Acid5.27 g/L
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced500
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