The Wine: Loosen Bros "Dr L." Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2014
What we Tasted: Citrus, Green Apple, Pineapple, Floral, "Fruity-Sulfury Dishwater", Green-tea, Stone, Spiced Apple & Peachy
What we Guessed: Viognier, California Riesling, Washington State Riesling
What we Thought: This wine got mixed reviews from our group. Some liked it (myself), some thought it was ok and some disliked it. Comments were "I'd have a glass", "Not bad" and one "Not my style". Overall not bad for an off-dry wine.
The Wine: Reserve des Vignerons Chenin Blanc, Saumur, France, 2014
What we Tasted: Rose, Herbs, musk, "Hard as a rock pear, in a good way", Fruity-finish, "Chalky-Stony" and "Dial Soap".
What we Guessed: French Chenin Blanc, French Viognier, New World Sauvignon Blanc
What we Thought: This acidic wine pleased our tasters! Comments were "I could drink more than one glass!", "Big nose!" and "Great food wine!". Overall, a good showing for an $11.49 bottle of wine!
The Wine: Espelt Garnacha, Emporda, Spain, 2012
What we tasted: Blackberry, black cherry, cranberry, anise, spice & "Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice".
What we Guessed: Hot climate Syrah, New World Grenache, California Cabernet/Merlot Blend
What we Thought: Mixed reviews on this one also. " I like it" said one taster who later said it was her favorite of the evening. "Too hot" said another, meaning the alcohol was too high. Most everyone thought it was an enjoyable wine.
The Wine: Gen 5 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, california, 2012
What we Tasted: "Forest floor", Mushroom, Herbaceous, Dried fruit, "Plummy-Pruney", Wooly, Raisins, and "Birch-sap"
What we Guessed: Cotes du Rhone Blend, Cabernet Franc, New World Syrah, Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre Blend, California Zin.
What we Thought: A big hit for an affordable Zin! One taster said she could "Smell it all day", another called it "better than most", although one said it was "too Herby". Overall, a good showing!