Michael David Incognito White Wine Blend
Wine mystery?

2010 Michael David Winery White Wine Blend, Lodi, California

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Michael David Incognito White Wine Blend
VERDICT: "Go for it"
Lodi, California
White Wine Blend, 14.5% alc.
Review by Clinton Stark

“Crammed with fruit” is right.

Here’s a white wine blend that caught me off guard. If I drank this blindly I would’ve guessed Sauvignon Blanc – there’s so much flower and fruit (honey, apricot) action on the nose, that I’d swear it had to be! But, I’d be wrong.

About two-thirds (63%) of this “Incognito” blend is composed of Viognier, followed by Chardonnay, and Muscat. SB is way down the list only constituting 5%.

This is a unique, and definitely personality driven wine if I ever saw (and tasted) one. Michael David Winery sent us both this and also a Syrah. Between the two this was my favorite, though I’d not sure I’d pop one everyday. Ironically, for a wine that bills itself as secretive it sure is willing to make a bold statement.

The blend was bottled about 9 months ago, and could use a bit more time to settle down (especially¬†for us guys who favor mellow, smooth flavor profiles); amazingly, this might be the first wine I’ve tasted that spent Zero (0, naughta) time aging in a barrel.

If you fancy yourself a Kim Crawford fan, chances are you’ll enjoy this reasonably priced white from Lodi (inland, east of San Francisco).

Michael David Winery Incognito

White Wine Blend

63% Viognier, 21% Chardonnay, 7% Muscat, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Roussanne

Lodi, California

14.5% alc.

$18, 88 pts.

Clinton Stark
Clinton shoots videos for Stark Insider. San Francisco Bay Area arts, Ingmar Bergman and French New Wave, and chasing the perfect home espresso shot 25 seconds at a time (and failing). Peloton: ClintTheMint. Camera: Video Gear