Gnarly Head extends its budget “Authentic” wine collection from Red to White this month. “Authentic” seems to be a euphemism for “Big Blend of Everything in the Field,” which I guess doesn’t look as good on the label. Thoughts on the new Authentic White and the already-out Authentic Red follow.
2011 Gnarly Head Authentic White California – A big blend of Lodi and Monterey Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Colombard, Muscat, and Viognier. Fresh, the Viognier is crystal clear, with light peach and mango notes. Easygoing, good acidity, but not too tart. A real thirst-quencher and friendly with seafood, too. The surprisingly long finish offers notes of vanilla and lemon. Great balance overall. Another winner from Gnarly Head. A- / $10
2010 Gnarly Head Authentic Red Lodi California – A Zinfandel-heavy blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sira. Surprisingly light, but moderately fruity, with raspberry and blueberry jam character. A light touch of sweet tea both on the nose and the finish. Easy drinking, but uncomplicated. B / $10