Doug Polaner, a local wine wholesaler, has put together the White Helix label to take advantage of a small plot of Chardonnay vines from the James Berry Vineyard that are grown on chalky limestone soil. His aim is to produce a Chablis styled Chard, reflecting the shared limestone soils of this vineyard and Chablis.|
Robert Parker 93 Points
If you’re looking for a grand cru Chablis look-alike from California, this wine from the fabulous limestone soils of the James Berry Vineyard in Paso Robles has incredible chalky, crisp, stone-like notes, dazzling texture, lots of white peach, white currant, quince, and lemon oil notes, a sensational purity, and a remarkably long finish with good acidity. If there is any oak being used in this cuvee, I certainly didn’t smell or taste it. Bravo to Doug Polaner, who put this special cuvee together for his company.
International Wine Cellar 90 Points
Greenish-gold color. Lemon, lime and quince on the nose, with suave undertones of minerals and white flowers. Juicy, refreshingly bitter citrus and pear flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up a tangy white pepper quality. Smooth and sappy on the finish, displaying good back-end grip and a lingering melon note.