2020 Massican Sauvignon blanc Napa Valley
Two Napa vineyards supply the fruit for Massican’s Sauvignon blanc. Winemaker Dan Petroski vinifies it as an homage to the cooling whites of Northern Italy. The result is elegant, glittery, with notes of lime peel and passion fruit and a long, scintillant finish.
12.7% ABV | $32
2020 Massican White Wine Gemina California
Gemina is a blend of 75 percent Pinot bianco and 25 percent Greco di Tufo — grapes uncommon in California and strange bedfellows even in Italy, but it works. The wine is redolent of laurel and grass, with a snappy mid-palate and a streak of saline minerals at the finish.
12.1% ABV | $32
2020 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Napa Valley
Massican’s Chardonnay is grown in Napa’s Hyde Vineyard, planted in 1979, and sourced from a block that’s entirely Musqué clone. The wine is beautifully articulated, the silken fruits carried within an armature of firm acidity. The finish suggests citrus pith and sage.
13.2% ABV | $50
2020 Massican Annia Napa Valley
This vintage, Annia is a blend of 61 percent Tocai Friulano, 27 percent Ribolla gialla, and 27 percent Chardonnay sourced from vineyards in Napa Valley. Petroski ferments the fruit separately in a mix of stainless steel and oak barrels. The Chardonnay seems to carry the aromatics, but the palate is a commingling of the three fruits’ characters: white flowers, peaches, laurel, wet rocks, and salt. It’s lovely, like all the others.
12.5% ABV | $30
All wines were review samples.