Pannonhalmi Apatsagi Pineceszet – Riesling, 2015

  • Basic info: Pannonhalmi Apatsagi Pineceszet, Riesling – Pannonhalma, Western Hungary, 2015
  • Type: white
  • Price estimate: $18 (from Somm Select)
  • Look: light to medium yellow, translucent with only some legs
  • Smell: Lovely aromas of lemon and honey
  • Taste: Apricot, citrus, maybe a little mango. White grape and a little mineral note in the middle. Finish is medium length with some honey, but not sweet.
  • Conclusions: Fantastic! Really beautiful wine. Easy to drink, but a lot of character and no two sips are exactly alike.
  • Other notes: When I first read the description of this, I decided I had to pick up a bottle or two. “Bone dry Riesling” was the basic description and I thought that would be great on a warm spring day. I expected a pretty good wine, but I didn’t expect one that would just totally blow me away. From the first sip to the last, I savored this wine – I kept trying to figure out why I liked it so much, but never came to a firm conclusion. Bob thought it was just as good – amazingly well crafted and a lot of interest. I was so glad I picked up two bottles of this and slightly sad that I didn’t get more.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Somm Select: “Pale straw-colored with green highlights at the rim, with aromas of kaffir lime, white peach, green apple, white flowers, exotic spice, wet stones, and a hint of white mushroom. Medium bodied and textured . . . delivers great freshness and mineralogy.” 13.1% alcohol by volume.


Gustave Lorentz – Riesling, 2015

  • Basic info: Gustave Lorentz, Riesling Reserve, Alsace, France – 2015
  • Type: white
  • Price estimate: $17 (from Weekly Tasting)
  • Look: Pale yellow, translucent with minimal legs when cold.
  • Smell: Stone fruit, granite and lemon
  • Taste: Apple, white peach, lemon flower. Tart wine with a really good acidity. Almost no sweetness, but not harsh. Long lingering finish with notes of honey on the end.
  • Conclusions: This was an excellent wine and probably one of my favorite Rieslings. It has a lot of complexity, yet was easy to drink and fairly elegant. The wine was crisp and clean.
  • Other notes: The first two days I had this wine I absolutely loved it, but when I had it again a few days later (I know, I should never save wine for a week – see previous post about the constant coming and going illness) it just fell flat. It wasn’t bad, but all the tartness went out of the wine and it just was not as enjoyable. The lesson to be learned here is to always finish the bottle within two days.
  • From the bottle: “Delicately fruity and racy, this wine is showing aromas of papaya, green apples, peach and lemon. The palate is light with nice tropical and mineral tones fairly crisp with some citrus on the finish.” 12.5 % alcohol by volume.


Michael Pozzan – Chardonnay, 2014

  • Basic info: Michael Poznan “Annabella” Chardonnay, Napa, CA – 2014
  • Type: white
  • Price estimate: $13 (local wine store)
  • Look: Light straw colored with good legs after it warmed a little.
  • Smell: Apple, pear, lemon flower
  • Taste: Lemon, lime, vanilla and a little jasmine. Good acid with a medium finish. Tart, but pleasant.
  • Conclusions: I like this wine, especially for a Chardonnay. It has a soft texture and a silky mouthfeel, but it isn’t oily or oaky. It went well with the Thai peanut sauce I made with dinner. Is it a memorable wine? Probably not, but it is very drinkable.
  • Other notes: Ever since Kate brought over the 2009 Cakebread Chardonnay, I’ve been trying to try more chardonnay. It isn’t a varietal I gravitate to as I associate it with heavy, okay oily wines. We tasted the Annabella a few months ago and really liked it so when I needed a nice, clean white for dinner this was the one I went to open.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from the winery, “The Annabella 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay is a bright, light straw color in the glass. Youthful but sophisticated, the wine entices with aromas of honeydew melon, juicy tangerine, and a slight hint of butterscotch. In the mouth, the wine strikes an impossible balance between voluptuous and delicate – with a silky, weighty mouth feel playing counterpoint to fine-spun flavors of citrus blossom and a hint of cinnamon. The slight structure provided by oak frames the wine’s delicacy perfectly, providing length and depth to its elegance.” 14.5% alcohol by volume.


Tesoro Della Regina – Prosecco, NV

  • Basic info: Tesoro Della Regina, Prosecco, Italy, No Vintage
  • Type: White bubbly – Prosecco
  • Price estimate: $5 – split bottle from Total Wine
  • Look: Very pale yellow, almost clear in color with fine bubbles
  • Smell: yeast, apple and a little candied pineapple
  • Taste: Crisp, bubbly, tart. green apple and pear with a little sweet note on the back end.
  • Conclusions: I really liked this one. It had just a touch of sweetness to offset the tartness, but it wasn’t a sweet wine at all. It was lovely to drink by itself, but it would also make a great mimosa.
  • Other notes: I picked this up on a whim at Total wine. I’ve had wine from this producer before and I’ve generally liked them, so when I saw the small bottle, I decided to go for it. I intended to hold off on any sparkling wines until I could do a full comparison – Champaign, American sparkling, Cava, Prosecco and Lambrusco – but am having a hard time finding the Lambrusco. Now that the weather is cooler, I might try the old internet order for this, but for now, I’ll go with this bottle. It was the perfect size to celebrate something (passing my state exam in this case) on a weekday. IMG_20170927_190925.jpg

Winzer Krems – Gruner Veltliner, 2016

  • Basic info: Winzer Krems, “Kremser Sandgrum” Gruner Veltliner – Austria, 2016
  • Type: White
  • Price estimate: $13 (Total Wine)
  • Look: Very pale yellow, almost clear. Some legs, but not when cold.
  • Smell: Herbs and citrus
  • Taste: Slight effervescence with lemon the predominate flavor. Some other citrus is present, but not overpowering. Slight sour note on the short finish.
  • Conclusions: Not bad. Not as good as the PFAFFL.
  • Other notes: I was super excited about this wine, but the bottle disappointed just a little. The sour note and short finish made the wine less enjoyable than I had anticipated and part of that is simply because the first bottle of this varietal I had was so outstanding.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Total Wine, Savory notes of crushed chervil and yeast join lively, almost fizzing notes of lemon zest. This is ultrafresh, light-footed and very toned. Juicy, ripe acidity animates you to drink this almost as a thirst-quencher. This will work on a hot, sunny evening.” 12.5% alcohol by volume.


Winzer Krems – Gruner Veltliner, 2016

  • Basic info: Winzer Krems – Kremser Sandgrube Gruner Veltliner, Austria, 2016.
  • Type: White
  • Price estimate: $13 (Total Wine)
  • Look: Very pale yellow, almost clear and colorless.
  • Smell: herbs, citrus
  • Taste: Tart. Citrus, lemon with a slight sour note. Little bit of effervescence with a short finish.
  • Conclusions: It was not bad, better than some whites, but not fantastic.
  • Other notes: After having the PFAFFL gruner veltliner a few weeks before, I was super excited to try a different wine of the same grape. This one was nice, but it just lacked that something special the other bottle had. The finish was shorter and there was a slight sour taste that was not in the PFAFFL. I wanted to love this wine, but I just didn’t. It also had a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast which I know, logically, mean very little, but I was hoping it would give some direction when picking a new bottle. Sadly, it did not.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Total Wine, “Savory notes of crushed chervil and yeast join lively, almost fizzing notes of lemon zest. This is ultrafresh, light-footed and very toned. Juicy, ripe acidity animates you to drink this almost as a thirst-quencher.” 12.5% alcohol by volume.


Serranarrocco – Grillo, 2015

  • Basic info: Serranarrocco Grillo Terre Siciliane – Sicily, Italy, 2015
  • Type: White
  • Price estimate: $17 (weekly tasting)
  • Look: Medium yellow with some legs. Nice appearance in the glass.
  • Smell: apple and citrus
  • Taste: apple, stone fruit (like white peach and nectarine). Crisp, but not tart with a medium, round finish.
  • Conclusions: Pretty good. I liked this wine a lot, but it wasn’t super memorable a week or so later (when I got around to writing it up). It was very drinkable, and it kept well over the week that I had it.
  • Other notes: This was the wine I opened when Bob was away for business. I had a glass most nights when he was gone, usually while giving some attention to the furry creatures, new and old, after a long day at work. It was a great wine for just enjoying, and it didn’t require a lot of thought to enjoy it.
  • From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Weekly Tasting, “This wine is medium-straw in color, with aromas and flavors of apricot, stone fruit, peach, grilled pineapple, and hazelnut, with a textured and decadent finish that you can describe as ‘custard’ or the feeling of creme brûlée.” 13% alcohol by volume.