2018 Ernest Winery Aligoté “The Aviator” Henry David Bennett Valley
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The 2018 The Aviator Aligoté has delicate scents of white peach and matcha powder with earthy notions of hay and beeswax. The light-bodied palate is crisp and textural, with restrained fruits and a juicy finish. 135 cases produced.
Winery Notes: “Bright and clear, hinting at white gold in color, with an exuberant nose of orchard blossoms, Meyer lemon, and abundant minerality. Refreshingly light on the palate with citrus, textural apple, a hint of fresh herbs & bright acidity.”
Vinous 93 Points: “The Ernest Aligoté Henry David Vineyard, from a site in Bennett Valley, is fabulous. This relatively warm, sunny, hillside site yields an Aligoté built on texture. Even so, there is plenty of the energy that makes this Burgundian variety so compelling. Lemon oil, almond, white flowers and mint shape the super-expressive finish. The wine was aged in neutral French oak, with full malolactic fermentation. This is such a delicious wine and another terrific example of how stellar the year is for whites.”