White Wines We've Tasted
Good - but not worth buying again
Not to our tastes - Could be to someone else's
We poured it out
"In victory you deserve champagne, in defeat you need it!"
Rating Price Comment Gruet Brut NV + 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 + 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 It's been replaced by the Gruet Elk Cove Vineyard 1999 + 20.00 we visited the winery on our vacation last year and really liked this.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
WS rating of
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
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
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
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.
Rating Price Comment Kestrel estate chardonnay 2001 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 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 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
1996 Our rating
Good dinner party wine - case buy
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
9.99 Full bodied, with a nice amount of oak with hints of honey, pear and butterscotch. BV- Carneros 1995
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
9.99 This bottle had a somewhat strange taste, we really couldn't quite classify (an attempt at spicy according to WS)
Rating Price Comment Thomas Fogarty
12.99 Bone dry Gewurtz. John loves fruity wines and Donna can't stand them so we tried this as a compromise
Rating Price Comment Mirrasou
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.
Rating Price Comment Bacheroy-Josselin
Gift We enjoyed this bottle. Good fruit, crisp and clean
Rating Price Comment Chateau
28.00 Gorgeous, classy, appealing creamy texture, lemon, honey and dried apricot flavors, medium body and sweetness and a long finish.
Rating Price Comment Chateau
Michelle - Horse Heaven
+ 13.99 This has become our wine of choice. Well balanced and seems to fit between the grassy savignons that John likes and the chardonnay style that Donna likes. Sterling
1/2 case buy
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 +
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
1996 + 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 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
1997 10.00 Bright and refreshing for its mineral-scented apple flavors that
Rosemont 1996 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
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 +
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 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
W. S. 78
10.99 Crisp, light and not enough flavor to make either of us happy. For the price a real disappointment
Notes from our November 1998 Tasting party
Rating Price Comment Kestrel 2001 + 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 () 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.