Winemaker Dan Petroski of Massican blends about equal parts Tocai Friulano and Ribolla Gialla with a dollop of Chardonnay to produce a white blend that’s juicy, spicy, floral, and refreshing. The wine offers a perfume of spring flowers and citrus, pineapple and apricot, and the attack is piquant and glittery. But then it segues into something more serious, laurel-accented with a streak of minerals. It feels like the Tocai and Ribolla hit the high notes while the Chardonnay strums the bass.
The wine is consistent with past vintages in the way it mixes ripe fruits, heady aromatics, and bracing freshness. But it’s the most expansive vintage of the six I’ve tasted (starting with the 2013), although the alcohol remains modest; these wines have always between 12.2% and 12.8%.
Although it’s a solid aperitif wine, a lively glass for warm, sunny evenings, it’s also a great partner for fish and seafood, fresh and young cheeses, poultry, and picnic fare. Don’t serve it too cold.
2018 Massican Annia White Wine Napa Valley
12.4% abv | $30 (sample)