The Wine: Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2014
What we Tasted: Pear, Apricot, Honeydew, Red Apple, Honey, White Flowers
What we Guessed: S. American Torrontes, American Pinot Gris, European Chenin Blanc, & S. African Chenin Blanc
What we Thought: Our panel enjoyed it, but wasn’t in love with it. “I think it’s pretty clean” said one taster, another said it wasn’t “too sharp” meaning it wasn’t too acidic. I think this summed up our opinions, “It’s likeable enough. Like Obama said about Hillary.” Wow. Just wow!
The Wine: Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay, Chile, 2015
What we Tasted: Flowery minerality, “Marshmallow Fluff”, Guava, Burnt-Sugar, a Little Oak, Honeydew Melon & Honey
What we Guessed: French Viognier, Chardonnay Blend, & California Chardonnay
What we Thought: Our panel was strongly divided on this one, they loved it or hated it. Some of the comments were “Nice Nose”, “More pleasant than the last” and one commented that it would be “great for a garden party”. A few others dissented. “I’m not big on it” one said, another didn’t “like the finish”, and one simply said “Meh”.
The Wine: Araucano Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2013
What we Tasted: Black Cherry, Vanilla, Red Berry, “Cherry Cough Syrup”, “Fruity Deal”, Pepper & Bacon
What we Guessed: California Zinfandel & Australian Shiraz
What we Thought: This one was a big hit with our group, many thought it was the best in the lineup. The big fruit prompted one to comment that it was “Definitely American”. No one successfully guessed that it was Carmenere (but that’s a really tough one), although everyone enjoyed tasting it!
The Wine: Grayson Cellars Zinfandel, California, 2014
What we Tasted: Strawberry, “Wet Tree Bark”, “Garden Shed”, Orange Peel, Dried Fruit, Dried Cranberries, “Cinnamon Red Hots” and “Blackberry Cotton Candy”
What we Guessed: German Pinot Noir, Gamay Beaujolais, Grenache, Cotes du Rhone blend
What we Thought: This one also was controversial with our panel. Some of the comments were “I’m not big on it” and “Not very good”, although there were also those who said “I like it”, called it “Aromatic” and it was the best in show for two of our tasters! Most everyone thought it was pretty good for a wine under $12.