Winter whites appeal in fashion and in bottle. With both, you can enjoy many textures, weights, shades, tastes.
So, uncork the reliable, bright 2014 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc ($29) and savor citrus, vanilla and ginger. The 2014 Davis Bynum Virginia’s Block Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($25) also harvests citrus and brings in hints of tropical fruit. For a floral, heady alternative: the 2014 Zaca Mesa Viognier ($18).
There’s creaminess and tropical fruit, plus pear notes, in the balanced 2014 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Chardonnay ($30). The 2013 Benovia Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($36) comes through with citrus and pear, plus a final bit of candied ginger.
Suggestions of citrus, apple, minerality, earthiness and vivid acidity mark the ripe 2013 Stony Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay ($45). The 2013 Pellegrini Olivet Lane Chardonnay, Russian River Valley ($45) arrives concentrated and intense, but subtle and polished, too.
Chardonnays from Patz & Hall highlight the winter show. The 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($38) offers tropical fruit, especially pineapple. The 2013 Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay ($60) is a vibrant, layered beauty that tenders some spice, along with apple and hazelnut in a rich package.
And the 2013 Patz & Hall Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($65), complex, elegant, and luxurious, has a trace of fennel to go with the pear and peach, all leading to a long finish.
But, just in case you need a preview of spring, try the 2014 Santo Wines Santorini Nykteri ($26), a fresh white blend, a minerally, citrusy, floral, sunny Greek idyll.