2018 Massican "Annia" Napa Valley White Blend

SKU #1426418 97 points Wine Enthusiast

 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. *Editors’ Choice* (VB)  (7/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: "Our flagship white wine blend sourced from small vineyards around the Napa Valley. The three grape varietals, Tocai, Ribolla and Chardonnay, are harvested separately, and fermented independently in French Oak and stainless steel tanks until blending six weeks before bottling. The Tocai and Ribolla build the aroma and flavor profile of the wine, while the Chardonnay adds to the wine’s structure. The wine is fresh and subtle and fulfills the promise set forth years ago to bottle memorable white wines, unique amongst the whites of California. Blend: Tocai Friulano 48% (72 year old vines), Ribolla Gialla 41% and Chardonnay 11%."


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2019 | Send Email
Right off the bat there are powerful aromatics of lemon and jasmine. Bright and zippy, full of intriguing textural elements. This wine would be killer with food, especially cheeses. Plenty of Meyer lemon and grapefruit on the palate with just a sly edge of sweetness on the finish. I love how different, and yet still delicious this wine is. A style of wine I seek out regularly, but rarely see coming out of California.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
If I told you I thought this wine smelled and tasted like Tocai Friulano and Ribolla Gialla…that probably wouldn’t be much help for most of you, but I will anyway. As the Italian buyer for the company I was impressed with the varietal correctness. The nose was classic white flower and on the palate the wine showed the richness Tocai Friulano can give a wine and it was coupled with the riveting acidity that Ribolla Gialla can give. Excellent balance, no oak flavors. This is a really good bottle of wine.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2019 | Send Email
This white wine is so fun and fresh. Composed of a blend of Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Chardonnay, this is unlike many white blends out there right now. The nose pops with orchard fruits, cherry stone, and almond with bracing minerality and bright floral tones. The palate contains nectarine, lemon-lime zestiness, and salinity to balance the fruit and acid. The wine keeps up a very tropical vibe all the way through its zippy and spicy finish. I also found this wine fun to be sipped at many different temperatures: served cold it's as crisp and refreshing as you could hope for a summer sipper, but it's really quite enjoyable even right at room temperature possessing added weight and richness. 97 points from Wine Enthusiast

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
It's hard to believe that I can now say that I've been drinking Massican's wines for years. Dan Petroski is perhaps better known for his talents producing some of Napa's highest regarded Cabernet's at Larkmead. However, Massican is his own little passion project for expressive Mediterranean whites. The Annia is both their flagship wine and my favorite. A unique blend (at least in Napa) of Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Chardonnay, this wine has effusive and complex aromas and rich structure supported by it's mouth watering fresh acidity. This is the type of complete wine that doesn't have to sacrifice in structure in favor of fresh and complex aromas. It has it all--both equally refreshing on a a warm summer evening, as satisfying as part of an elegant dining experience.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.4