The Wine: Reserve des Vignerons Chenin Blanc, Saumur, France, 2014
What we tasted: Peach, Pineapple, Lemon Skin, "Circus Peanut Candy", Flowers, Crsuhed Chalk, Ginger
What we Guessed: N. Italian Pinot Grigio, Dry Riesling, French Chenin Blanc
What We Thought: Our crew loved the nose but felt it lost a little something on the palette. Our comments were "meyer lemon", 'Citrus" and "Briny", as well as "Refreshing", "Ought to be effervescent" and "Needs Food".
The Wine: Valle Dorado Chardonnay, Central Valley, Chile, 2014
What we tasted: Stone-Fruit, Honey, "Bit-O-Honey Candy", vanilla, Spice, Honey Suckle, Orange Blossom, "Touch of oak", and "Malo".
What We Guessed: Sauvignon Blanc, S. American Fume Blanc, Australian Pinot Grigio, South American Chardonnay
What we Thought: Overall this one was a hit, especially for such a low price point wine! Our team said "Pleasant", "Balanced", "Creamy Mouthfeel" that it had a "Longer Finish" and that there was "More to it". One member said he wanted to "drink it with Oysters". Overall a very good showing!
The Wine: Cousino-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon, Central valley, Chile, 2013
What we tasted: "Bark", Green pepper, Cherry Pie, Blueberry, Brambles, "Tart, Ripe and Jammy Fruit", Cranberry, Bitter Chocolate, Coffee, Spice, "Dirty Feet" and Oak.
What We Guessed: Sicilian Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Syrah
What we Thought: "I like it" said one taster, and most of us agreed. It had a rustic flavor that most of us enjoyed, one member said it tasted like "it had been aged in an attic" while I described it as "Gamey". Overall a good wine for the money!
The Wine: Stone Cap Syrah, Colombia Valley, Washington State, 2012
What we Tasted: red Fruit, Raspberry, Leather, Cedar, "Raspberry Laffy-Taffy", Pencil lead, Cassis, "bamboo Rocks", and fruity.
What we Guessed: Loire Vally Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, "Cheap Merlot"
What we Thought: While most agreed it was mostly unoffensive, we all agreed it was "too Fruity" and one said it tasted like "Now & Later Candy", was "Verietally Indistinct" and had little flavor or nose . When it was revealed to be Syrah, most everyone thought that it didn't taste like what we expected Syrah to taste like. Most agreed it was a pretty passable "party wine".