RECOMMENDED: More from Casey Flat Ranch.

2013 Viognier, 14.1% ABV, $20 SRP.

This lovely light-straw-colored wine started out with canteloupe, a hint of citrus, and a delicate candy (circus peanuts!) flavor, which always delights the heck out of me on the rare occasions I encounter it in a wine. This well-crafted wine opened into a velvety, chewy wine of substance with minerals, stone fruit, and a touch of nutmeg.

2013 Syrah Rosé, 14.1% ABV, $18 SRP.

Pale pink. Refreshing and aromatic with a light mouthfeel; delicate strawberry and a hint of spice. Aged in stainless. We paired this with steak and it stood up very well. Also a great summer sipper (Florida temps are in the 80s and 90s now) by itself.

2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 14.1% ABV, $18 SRP.

Every once in a while a winemaker does something unusual with Sauvignon Blanc, and that is to age it in oak á la most reds and many Chardonnays. This particular wine was in fact aged in 75% stainless and 25% neutral oak. It’s a pale yellow-green with extremely crisp mouth-watering acidity, brilliance, citrus, minerals, astringent grapefruit, green grass, and that bit of “cat-pee” that’s distinctive to Sauvignon Blanc. Refreshing and very tart.

LABEL: Deep within the rugged terrain of the Vaca Mountains in Northern California lies the Casey Flat Ranch. The family ranch is home to our Longhorn cattle and the vineyard is nestled on a flat, high above the Capay Valley at a 2,000-foot elevation. The family is committed to sustainable farming, thoughtful stewardship of the environment, and creating exceptional estate wines.

WEB: www.CaseyFlatRanch.com

Samples sent for review.

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