From lean and crisp to oaky and buttery...
From lean and crisp to oaky and buttery, white wines come in a diverse array of styles. Made just about everywhere but generally most successful in cooler climates, the most recognizable varieties are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, although indigenous varieties are plentiful throughout the world and often intriguing. Often misunderstood, white wine can be anything from a simple and refreshing aperitif to a robust accompaniment to a hearty meal, and some of the best can age for decades.
To preserve freshness and primary fruit flavors, white wines are fermented at cooler temperatures than reds. Unlike red winemaking, the colorless juice is not left in contact with the grape skins during the fermentation process. The winemaker has the choice to encourage or prevent malolactic fermentation, which turns tart acidity softer, creating creamy, buttery flavors. Another important decision is whether and how to use oak—the barrels’ age, provenance, and length of use will all help to determine the style of the final wine, in terms of both flavor and texture. White wines can vary in color from nearly clear lemon-green to medium gold to even orange or brown, depending on age, grape variety, and winemaking methods.
Von Kesselstatt Riesling Josephshofer TBA (half-bottle) 1989Riesling from Mosel, Germany
Marc Bredif Nectar Vouvray (half-bottle) 1989Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
Trimbach Riesling Selection Grains Nobles 1989Riesling from Alsace, France
Trimbach Gewurztraminer Sels Grains Nobles 1989Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
Domaine Leroy Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 1989Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Schloss Plettenberg Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Beerenauslese (375ml half bottle) 1989Riesling from Nahe, Germany
Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune 1989Riesling from Alsace, France
Schloss Johannisberg Rosalack Riesling Auslese 1989Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu 1989Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune Hors Choix Vendanges Tardives Riesling 1989Riesling from Alsace, France
Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Haut Lieu Premier Trie 1989Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
Chateau Gilette Creme de Tete Sauternes 1989Bordeaux White Blends from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France