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Now that it’s nearly summer, we can all look forward to the warmer weather and sunshine of the months to come. And what better way to compliment these lovely days ahead than with a nice cool glass of white wine? Over the next few weeks, we’ll share some recommendations for first-class bottles that make an ideal aperitif on a warm evening or can add a little life to Sunday brunch.

Here are the first three, a couple special blends and a varietal Viognier:

Cass 2011 “Rockin’ One” Blend

Grape(s):  56% Viognier, 22% Marsanne, 22% Roussanne

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 30-35

Review:

Aromatics of tropical fruit and peach meld with suggestions of caramel  and springtime flowers on the nose.  A sip reveals flavors of peach, mango, and lemon along with accents of minerals and spice. Slightly creamy but still offing a bright acidity, it’s ideal for summer and shellfish.

Rating: 90

Hoyt Famly Vineyards 2010 Decoupage

Grape(s):  Pinot Gris, Viogner, and Chardonnay

Region: Santa Barbara County

Price: 20-25

Review:

A bouquet of tropical fruit, lemon, melon, and floral notes greets the senses.  Flavors of honeydew, peach, and citrusy notes mingle with hints of honey and minerals on the palate.  A fairly bright wine with an approachable round mouthfeel, it makes for an ideal summertime sipper.

Rating: 89

Hammer Sky 2010 ‘Princess” Viognier

Grape(s):  100% Viognier

Region: Paso Robles

Price: 25-30

Review:

Aromas of mangoes and pineapple meld with hints of honey on the nose. The palate offers flavors of mango and apricots that flow into suggestions of honey and minerals.  A rich, round Viognier, fans of full-bodied whites should try this as an alternative to Chardonnay.  Sip it on a warm summer evening. 225 cases produced.

Rating: 89