Face-off: Taking one for the team with $ California Roots 2020 whites: **+ Sauvignon Blanc and ***+ Chardonnay = ONE BEST VALUE!!

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By way of background: Every now and then, I do a tasting/review called "Take One for the Team".  It typically involves trying to provide serious insight to wines that are so low-end the concept of a formal review seems preposterous (eg, "Practically Free" wines!).  Also, from time to time, I also do reviews called "Face-Offs".  That's when I review a couple of related wines together.  On rare occasions, I put the two concepts together and "take one for the team" with a "face-off" of "practically free" wines.  That's what's happening today, with two white wines from the California Roots line.  I did something similar just yesterday with two red wines from California Roots, posted here.  So let's see how we do with the whites, contrasting a sauvignon blanc with a chardonnay.   

Inspired by California Roots Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon, 2020: Just finished up a quick lunch in the kitchen, let's head out for a quick game of sandlot baseball.

Specs: This sauvignon blanc is finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in April, 2022.

In the glass: Transparent with slightest hint of yellow notes.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows light honeydew melon funk with citrus and kiwi coming in at the tail end.

On the palate:   Comes in fresh and bright, bringing exactly the fruit and funk notes suggested by the nose.  Acids bring any small bits of sweetness quickly up into your cheeks for a fast, fresh fade-out.  Simple, clean, fresh, yet reasonably full and balanced.

In summary: Achieves a plus on top of two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with its balance and clean, friendly personality.


Inspired by the chardonnay contender in this face-off, California Roots Chardonnay, 2020: It's a very cool spring day, we're in our jackets playing jacks on the edge of the playground. 

Specs: Like the sauvignon blanc, this chardonnay is finished at 13.5% alcohol and is first being sampled two years from vintage date, in April, 2022.  An earlier 2019 vintage of the chardonnay was tasted one year ago, in March, 2021, and is reviewed here

In the glass: Transparent with glints of olive green and gold.

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a sparky citrus mix of lime and orange. Not sweet in the nose though.

On the palate:  The sip starts full and round on your tongue, the citrus broadening out into a more melon-like fullness. The acids stay in check, so the sip never gravitates into your cheeks, finishing clean and rapidly.  

In summary: Overall, climbs to three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and just manages to touch a plus for its overall pleasant demeanor, making this a definite "best value" on our scale. 

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