Michael Florentino Mistrua Blanco White Wine 2014

Michael Florentino Purchased from the Michael Florentino Tasting Room, $18

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Aaron: The grapefruit, rocky, and mushroom nose was filled with sand and had a pretty full body.  This was very creamy and loaded with vanilla.  There was a noticeable tingle, similar to pop rocks, but I really liked it, particularly because it’s big for a white.  90 points

Teri: This is a beautiful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Semillon. With a woody nose and a smooth mouthfeel, I enjoyed this wine among others when spending time at their tasting room in Woodinville, WA. This wine is easy drinking but still full of flavor: tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, passion fruit) and soft vanilla. Great for new and seasoned wine drinkers alike. 90 points 

Palazzo del Mare Catarratto 2014

Palazzo Del Mare CatarrattoPurchased from Lot 18, $12.50

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Aaron: The leafy nose of this white was kind of dull but accompanied by tons of lemony citrus.  This wanted to be buttery but wasn’t, more of an almond flavor with mostly tart citrus.  The flavor was light but tangy, making it a bit overwhelming in a negative way.  86 points

Teri: This Italian white has flavors of passion fruit, herbal rose pedals and lemongrass with some vanilla on the finish. In total, it is a bit too citrus tasting for my personal preference but still easy to drink. If enjoying this bottle, I say it would be better to pair with food–preferably seafood. 87 points 

Pumphouse White Table Wine 2013

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Aaron: This was a little awkward to me; the nose was bland and light with some almond and generally nutty smells.  The flavor was very bright and tart with lots of lemon and grapefruit.  I think this would be fine if you want something to leave a tartness on your tongue but I probably wouldn’t like it normally.  That said, we had it with some Thai food and it went pretty well so I give it 89 points

Teri: This white wine feels quite acidic but still has crisp light flavor and a medium finish. Sweet peach and cantaloupe on the smell blends to flavors of citrus (mostly grapefruit and lemon) and tropical fruits (pineapple and papaya). I’ve never had a wine from New York, but I feel this one is pretty good. 88 points 


Avyo California White Wine 2013

Lot 18, $17/bottleAvyo White Wine 2013

Aaron: While odd, the lime and olive leaf smell was pretty interesting.  The flavor is what really won me over; buttery, creamy and really rich.  I felt this was pleasing on the palate with no bite and a super smooth finish.  There was not a lot of berries or earth, but nutty almonds and vanilla were shrouded in whipping cream.  This was a great beginner wine or a good choice for those who like full reds but need a quick white.  91 points

Teri: Aaron’s description of the smell might be the closest, but I had a hard time placing it. Overall, this is a light bodied white wine which is easy to drink for new wine drinkers but still has the complexity to keep seasoned tasters interested. It carried mostly flavors of stone fruit with honey-lemon, and celery. Some oaky hints creep in on the finish, which lasts quite a while on the palate. 88 points