Archive for August, 2010

2008 Muirwood Vinyards Chardonnay Arroyo Seco

Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Central Coast, California

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay, 13.8% ABV.  Pretty golden color.  Nose is buttered popcorn (uh oh), with some floral and citrus in the background, with even a little minerality.  The attack is light at first, with citrus, melon, even pineapple, then a transition into butterscotch.  There’s a bit of oak, but it’s not overwhelming.  Then there’s some nice minerality and good acid.  It all comes together pretty nicely, although the finish is a hint astringent.  This is pretty good wine, though, and a very good value at $11.00.

Rating: 3/5

Price: $10.99 at Beltway Fine Wine

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2008 Hess Collection Chardonnay Hess Select

Appellation: Monteray, Central Coast, California

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay.  13.4% ABV.  Nose is pretty, citrus, melon, and some floral notes.  This is a fairly one dimensional wine, but its a nice dimension.  Mostly citrus, fairly light.  Crisp.  For 10 bucks a decent summer on the deck wine.

Rating: 3/5

Price: About $10 according to Cellartracker.

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2007 Tiziano Chianti

Appellation: Chianti

Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese, 12.5% ABV.  Light garnet in the glass, I can see my fingers. Nose isn’t really exciting, candied fruit, almost syrupy, and some cedar.  This is a light wine, sour cherries and some spice, then little hint of some tannic structure, but not much there.  A little disjointed.  Not unpleasant, but pretty simple.  I wouldn’t buy at $10.

Rating: 2/5

Price: Unknown, someone gave it to us for watering their plants while they were out of town.  Cellartracker says it’s around $9.50

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2007 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot d’Alsace

Appellation: Alsace

Tasting Notes: This is a Pinot Blanc blend.  13.5% ABV.  Pretty golden color in the glass. Nose is honey, melon, and tangerine.  Initial attack is more honey and melon.  Transitions to some minerals and citrus, then gets a little sweet as peaches come across.  Substantial mouthfeel, like the syrup in a can of peaches, but not sickening sweet.  This is a very nice wine, complex enough to keep a wine geek happy, simple enough to quaff on the deck with friends on a hot summer day.  This is generally not a style of wine I like, but I like this one.

Price: Unknown, was brought by a friend for a dinner party, but Cellartracker says it’s around $20

Rating: 4/5

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