wine tasting, 2.11.16


name – la lejania

variety – chardonnay

region – central valley

country – chile

year – 2015

price – $10

critic review – a refined and suave style, with a rich array of white fruit and cream flavors, featuring a plush texture.  ripe citrus and pear notes fill the smooth finish.

my review – this wine smelled sweet and tangy, combining scents of peach, pear, citrus, and pink grapefruit.  the taste also featured pear, as well as a good mid-palette and a tangy finish.



name – les clos francs

variety – vouvray chenin blanc

region – loire valley

country – france

year – 2013

price – $21

critic review – the cool climate in the vouvray appellation area insures good acidity, which is balanced by the distinctly fruity character of the chenin blanc and the mineral qualities imparted by the soil.  thanks to these natural elements, this vouvray combines elegance and vigor with honey dipped pears and an inherent freshness.

my review – this wine smelled incredibly sweet, like peaches, honey, honeydew melon, and pears.  the taste was smooth and tangy, with more hints of honeydew.  it was fresh and clean.



name – el cortijillo

variety – tempranillo

region – la mancha

country – spain

year – 2014

price – $9

critic review – bright purple, high-pitched red berry and floral scents display good clarity and a hint of cracked pepper.  shows a touch of jamminess to its pliant black raspberry and cherry compote flavors, with a spicy quality adding vibrancy.  finishes with good focus and no obvious tannins, leaving a sweet berry note behind.

my review – this wine smelled like plums, blackberries, raspberries, and pomegranates.  the taste was reminiscent of oaky bitterness which left the mouth dry.



name – crane lake

variety – petite sirah

region – lodi, california

country – united states

year – 2013

price – $5.95

critic review – this wine is ruby-purple colored; notes of blackberry, plums, and spice predominate the nose and flavors.  the tannins give a soft, full mouth feel.

my review – this wine smelled of licorice, strawberry, and fruit jam.  the taste was a bit sweet, with hints of berries, plums, and thick and sweet fruit jam.



name – peter mertes platinum

variety – riesling

region – n/a

country – germany

year – 2014

price – $18

critic review – light-bodied slightly sweet white wine; medium pale slightly greenish yellow.  inviting fresh white peach aroma and flavors.  easy to drink and not complicated, but what’s there is very pleasant and flavors develop in the glass.

my review – this wine smelled of sweet apple, honeydew, and honey – very sweet and pleasant.  the taste was smooth, filled with tones of pear and honeydew.  it finished with a tang.