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Some brilliant Californian imports from Nekter Wines Jamie Goodes wine blog

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Some brilliant Californian imports from Nekter Wines Jamie Goodes wine blog

Jon Davey started Nekter Wines 2 years ago, after spending 16 years working in management consulting. He had developed an interest in wine, and on a holiday to south Africa he decided to bring some wine back. This was the spur for him to make a career change. He tried to get a good job in wine and couldn’t with his lack of experience, so he started importing wine. He began with a couple of producers in South Africa, then a few from California, and has taken off from there. The Nekter customers are predominantly London on-trade. In terms of the wines in the portfolio, stylistically and philosophically it’s minimal intervention – not ‘natural’ but doing as little as possible to the fruit. He’s grown to the point that he’s hired Imogen Taylor to work with him. The thing that sets Nekter apart is their specific focus on interesting producers in California, and the quality of the wines they have sourced from there. I tasted with John and Imogen at their offices, and was impressed by the quality of the wines. Prices indicated are the consumer prices from the Nekter website (the trade price is exactly half this in each case).

Matthiasson Family Vineyards ‘Tendu’ White 2016 Dunnigan Hills, California
10.3% alcohol. 75% Vermentino, 20% Colombard, 5% Chardonnay. The idea behind this wine, which comes in a crown-cap-sealed one litre bottle, is that it should be a barbecue wine – all about drinkability. This is fresh, lively and direct with nice citrus and pear fruit. This has lovely focus with pure fruit the main theme. Stony and pure. 89/100 (£27)

Ferdinand Albariño Borden Ranch 2016 Sierra Nevada Foothills, California
13% alcohol. Made by Evan Frazier who is assistant winemaker at Konsgaard, and it’s made at Atlas Peak. Matured in used oak. One sulfur addition at bottling. Beautiful aromatics with lovely citrus and apricot hints. Lovely concentration with rounded, rich tangerine and lemon fruit. Such finesse here: fine-grained and delicious. Mouthwatering and a bit saline. So nice. 93/100 (£28)

Some brilliant Californian imports from Nekter Wines Jamie Goodes wine blog

Donkey & Goat Perli Chardonnay 2014 Mendocino Ridge, California
Surrounded by redwoods on a 60% slope, 2200 feet altitude. 13.2% alcohol. Very fine aromatics: lemony and bright with a fine spiciness. There’s a slight mealiness, too. The palate is concentrated with nice ripe citrus fruit, a fine spicy dimension, and some stony minerality. So distinctive, vital, lemony and spicy. Such finesse and purity here. 94/100 (£39)

Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Monterey County, California
Clone 96, from two terraced rows in the highest vineyard in Monterey, at 2300 feet. Decomposed quartz and limestone, 2 new barrels out of 9. Distinctive and a little oxidative with some apple and pear fruit, as well as some citrus brightness. Some nice depth and texture here. Very interesting. 93/100 (£49)

Some brilliant Californian imports from Nekter Wines Jamie Goodes wine blog

Donkey & Goat Stone Crusher Roussanne 2016 El Dorado, California
Elen Ridge vineyard, 2400 feet. 14 days on skins then ageing in neutral oak. 12.1%. Such a beautiful nose: perfumed and exotic with floral tangerine and orange peel, as well as some apricot skin. Very delicate and exotic on the palate with nice grip and really pretty, perfumed apricot fruit. Such a thrilling wine. 95/100 (£48)

Benevolent Neglect Riesling 2017 Nelson Vineyard, Mendocino, California
From a 44 year old vineyard. Cole loam soil, fermented in stainless steel for 30 days. 11.3% alcohol, 14 g/l residual sugar. Textured and fruity with nice weight: there’s some sweet pear and apple fruit, with a slight stoniness. Such lovely complexity here, with some rounded fruit. 91/100 (£34)

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