Row 11 Civello 2014
Civello White, from Row 11 Wine Company (a negociant in San Rafael, California working with fruit from Santa Maria, the Russian River Valley, Carneros, and Napa) began as a traditional Alsatian-style blend of Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. The two grapes together were tasty, but Winemaker Ricardo D. wanted more than baked nuts and spice. He wanted to enrich the Pinot Gris with tropical notes and flavors, so he added Verdelho to the mix imparting bright peach and mango notes. We think he chose correctly! The wine is crisp, but full-bodied, and wonderfully balanced.