California is not where you go looking for quality under $15. Nevertheless, every once in awhile you get lucky, and every once in a once in awhile, you get lucky twice. I opened two very nice, relatively cheap bottles of California white wine today. They were:
- 2012 Bailiwick Vermentino
- 2013 Dry Creek Vineyards Fume Blanc (I’m not sure why they call it Fume Blanc, it’s actually just sauvignon blanc.)
These are nice wines! And cheap. The DCV bottling is widely available for less than $15, and I got the Bailiwick for roughly the same. The DCV tastes like a uniquely Californian SB, herbal and grassy but with big tropical fruit that screams new world. Very, very pleasant to drink.
The Bailiwick is a little cleaner and subdued. A prettier wine with good acid, lemon, honey and rocks. I prefer the DCV most nights of the week, but would happily drink either. Great job, California. Every once in awhile you get it right.
Dry Creek Valley Fume Blanc: 89 points
Bailiwick Vermentno: 88 points.