Friday, July 26, 2019
I first tasted the Massican wines last year and was hugely impressed with the 2017 line up. A few weeks back I was able to taste through the 2018's and winemaker Dan Petroski has hit it out of the park. Dan's day job is winemaker at Larkmead whose wines are deserving of their own email, but it is his passion project Massican Wines that truly impressed me.
2018 Massican Annia White Blend....$29.99
Made from 48% Tocai Friulano, 41% Ribolla Gialla and 11% Chardonnay, this is fresh and floral in tones of lemon rind, white flower and green apple. Fermented in both French oak and stainless steel, it is structured yet vibrant, gorgeously aromatic and remarkably long-lasting on the palate.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast
2018 Massican Gemina White Blend....$29.99
Gemina is 69% Pinot Grigio and 31% Greco, from two vineyards, one in St. Helena and the other in Santa Rosa. With the goal of showcasing both northern and southern Italian inspiration, it deals in fresh lemon peel, white flower and gravelly texture, while being well structured and enduringly fresh. This is a truly lovely, revelatory wine.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Enthusiast
2018 Massican Sauvignon Blanc....$31.99
For his own label, Larkmead winemaker Dan Petroski looks to northern Italy for inspiration, sourcing from Napa Valley vineyards he admires (ones with the warmest days and coolest nights) to produce this 100% varietal beauty. Robustly fruity and flinty, it shows apricot, lemongrass, wet stone and wraparound acidity that buzzes in freshness.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast