White Wines We've Tasted
Finias Scores
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white.gif (1368 bytes) Not to our tastes - Could be to someone else's
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bucket.gif (6700 bytes)Champagne

"In victory you deserve champagne, in defeat you need it!"

Winery Vintage
Year
Rating Price Comment
Gruet Brut NV white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+ 13.99 We first heard about this on the food channel.  Bought a bottle and did a tasting up against our Veuve Clicquot  and the Pierre Jouet, it was a hit with everyone.
Veuve Clicquot NV white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+ 34.00 I love this stuff.  Only problem is we've reached the point of price resistance.  I've stopped buying it by the case and now keep only a couple of bottle on hand.  It's been replaced by the Gruet
Elk Cove Vineyard 1999 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+ 20.00 we visited the winery on our vacation last year and really liked this.  It would be our top pick for a moderately expensive sparkling wine
Tattinger NV Our rating
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WS rating of
89
24.95 A Champagne that doesn't pulls it all together: There was definitely a vivid flavor that we didn't like and the long finish seemed to curl our taste buds. We poured out the bottle.
Bollinger
Brut
Champagne
Special
Cuvee
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WS 90
34.99 Too much "mellow toast and vanilla" and not enough fruit.   Not bad but not the taste bud tingling effect I want for $35
Perrier-Jouet
Brut
Champagne
Grand Brut
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WS 89
21.00
case price on sale
This zesty, full-flavored brut is something special. Rich in fruit flavor, crisp in balance, with an underlying
tangy quality that begs for another sip
Moet & Chandon
White Star
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WS N/R
24.00 Decent champagne. Very smooth and silky, with delicate nutty and dry fruit flavors. We had this with our Christmas Brunch at the Harbor Warf. and it was the second bottle at our Feb Wine tasting.

 

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Chardonnay

Winery Vintage
Year
Rating Price Comment
Kestrel estate chardonnay 2001 white.gif (1368 bytes) 15.00 Ok we're not batting a 1,000 here.  This wine had much of the same taste as the old vine that we poured out but not quite so overwhelming.  I completely missed any hint of the  ripe pears, butterscotch, a touch of honeysuckle the wine was attempting to convey
Kestrel old vine Chardonnay 2001 emptywineglass.gif (1377 bytes) 15.00 I can't believe this.  We have loved all of their wines and in fact belong to the wine club.  This wine was awful.  According to the wine maker the wine was suppose to lead with a lychee fruit, pineapple, tropical fruits taste, and he's probably right but I don't WANT my chardonnay to taste of lychee nuts.  The wood after taste seemed chemically and it tasted like rubbing alcohol smells
Boggle   white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes) 6.99 This is our everyday good chardonnay - found the review of it in the wall street journal and it was definitely a best value
Beringer
Napa Valley
1996 Our rating
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Good dinner party wine - case buy
WS 89
11.99 Hints of smoky, toasty oak show
through on the finish, where it turns complex. Even though the label says "intensely flavored" no one would ever mistake it for a David Bruce but I liked the flavor.
Forest Glen 1995 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)
WS 82
9.99 Full bodied, with a nice amount of oak with hints of honey, pear and butterscotch.
BV- Carneros 1995 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)
WS 86
13.00 Fans of openly fruity Chardonnay will find this especially appealing. This was a good bottle, but at $13 it's not a bargain.
St Francis 1995 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)
82
9.99 This bottle had a somewhat strange taste,  we really couldn't quite classify (an attempt at spicy according to WS)

Gewurztraminer

Winery

Vintage Year

Rating Price Comment
Thomas Fogarty

1996

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12.99 Bone dry Gewurtz.  John loves fruity wines and Donna can't stand them so we tried this as a compromise

 

Pinot Blanc

Winery

Vintage Year

Rating Price Comment
Mirrasou

1995

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WS 82
10.99 A spicy character tints its ripe pear, apple and melon flavors.  We enjoyed this wine but felt the price was a little high to justify a major buy.

 

Pouilly Fuisee

Winery

Vintage Year

Rating Price Comment
Bacheroy-Josselin

1991

white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes) Gift We enjoyed this bottle.  Good fruit, crisp and clean

 

Sauternes

Winery

Vintage Year

Rating Price Comment
Chateau
Lafaurie-
Peyraguey

1990

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W.S. 90
28.00 Gorgeous, classy, appealing creamy texture, lemon, honey and dried apricot flavors, medium body and sweetness and a long finish.

Savignon Blanc

Winery

Vintage Year

Rating Price Comment
Chateau
Ste.
Michelle - Horse Heaven
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Sterling
Ventana Vineyard
1996 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+
1/2 case buy
W.S 85
9.99 Here's a mouthful of Sauvignon Blanc, its blend of melon, grapefruit and hazelnut qualities sitting broadly on the palate, supported by a steely counterpoint.
Markam 1996 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+
WS 90
1/2 case buy
8.99 Bright and zippy, this white sings harmoniously with lemon-lime high notes and an herbal, minerally bass. It's not afraid of making a strong varietal statement and does so with elegance and enthusiasm.
Robert Mondavi
Stags Leap
1996 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+ 17.99 A little more full bodied and complex than the Sterling.  Based on the wine alone probably it's a tad better, based on price, buy the Sterling
Markham 1997 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes) 8.99 Seemed to have a little less sparkle than the '96.   Definitely more in the herbaceous style of SVs but it wasn't over powering.  A good drinkable wine
Chateau
Ste.
Michelle
1997 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes) 10.00 Bright and refreshing for its mineral-scented apple flavors that
linger softly.
Rosemont 1996 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes) 14.00 Crisp, clean with an herbaceous undertone.  If you like grassy SB you'll love this.  If you like Chardonnay style SBs give this a pass.
Cain 1996 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)
WS 90
18.99 An interesting wine.  Very complex with a heavy dose of papaya.   Stood up well to the Stilton cheese but most people found its taste simply too peculiar to be pleasant
Phelps 1995 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes) +
W.S. 88
10.99 Balanced for smoothness, and offers well-integrated melon, grapefruit and grapefruit-rind flavors that finish with richness and zing. Ready to drink.
Geyser Peak 1997 emptywineglass.gif (1377 bytes) 9.99 In comparison to everything else we tasted at our party this wine was awful. On an absolute basis its probably not that bad but given the Sterling at the same price it's a DO NOT BUY
Phelps 1994 white.gif (1368 bytes)
W. S. 78
10.99 Crisp, light and not enough flavor to make either of us happy.  For the price a real disappointment

sale.gif (215 bytes)Notes from our November 1998 Tasting party

Viognier

Winery

Vintage Year

Rating Price Comment
Kestrel 2001 white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)+   This wine turned out to be terrific.  We belong to the wine so it simply showed up on our door step one day.  We weren't sure we even cared for Viognier, but I can say after tasting this wine the answer is YES.  It was bright and flavorful with the right balance of sweet to fruit (I'm not a fan of sweet wines). 
Hogue - Genesis   white.gif (1368 bytes)white.gif (1368 bytes)(white.gif (1368 bytes)) 13.99 I had this in a restaurant and thought it was a good wine. Then we opened a bottle and tasted it side by side with the Kestrel -  it went from good to undrinkable.  A day later I tried it again with the leftovers from the previous nights dinner party and it was fine.