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.
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.
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.
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.
Smell: Citrus and cotton. (you know, that fresh laundry smell or cloths hanging outside to dry? That’s kind of the smell of this wine at first sniff – seriously.)
Taste: Lemon, lime, salt and a touch of mineral. Short finish.
Conclusions: Good, Drinkable. Love the flavors, but it wasn’t a memorable wine. I would very willingly have it again, but would not go out of my way for it.
Other notes: I tried this wine over the course of a few days to see if my initial impression of it changed. It didn’t. It was a good wine and well worth the money, but it isn’t a superstar. (I do love that I have Tigger in the background on the picture of the wine in the glass. That just makes me happy.)
From the bottle: No bottle notes and no notes from Chamber Street. 12% alcohol by volume.
Look:Very pale yellow with a slight green tinge to the wine.
Smell: Slightly sweet, citrus
Taste: Lemon pie, apple, white cherry. Good acid with a long, tart finish.
Conclusions: Completely unique. I’ve never had a wine like this and the flavors were so different than what I generally expect in a light white wine. It was fantastic. Both Bob and I thought it was clean and crisp with a lot of interesting flavors (most of which we just could not identify).
Other notes: I wasn’t sure what to expect from this wine, but I went into it with an open mind. Whenever something note that the varietal is usually sweet, I hesitate, but I’m glad I tried this version because it was actually a dry wine. Was there some sugar there, yes. But it wasn’t sweet.
From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from Weekly Tasting, ” honeysuckle, fresh and dried apricot, and a candle wax-type note hop out of the glass. … it’s completely dry with a ripe peach and apricot note. Strong white flower and honey flavors play against high acidity. There a touch of bitterness on the finish, giving this wine a tension that will surprise you.” 12% alcohol by volume.
Basic info: Seghesio, Arneis, Russian River Valley, CA – 2014
Price estimate: $18 (from Weekly Tasting)
Look: pale straw in color
Smell: honey, lemon and peach
Taste: crisp, white peach with a tiny bit of melon about half way through. Good acid – tart and refreshing with a medium finish.
Conclusions: Good. This was interesting, but not my favorite. Good wine, but not one I would seek out again.
Other notes: This was one of the few wines I’ve had where it was better alone than with food. I generally prefer wine with food, but this one was much better on its own. It took on a slightly sour note when I ate it with lo mein that was not particularly pleasant. That could be influencing my general feelings about the wine, but if I don’t like it with food, I’m probably reluctant to drink it.
From the bottle: No bottle notes, but from the Weekly Tasting notes, “This wine is medium bodied, with a light straw color and flavors of yellow apple, white cherries, grilled pineapple, and light white flowers. The texture is a bit creamier than some crisper white wines, and yet it is still very refreshing and tart with a lot of stones, almonds, and minerality.” 13.3% alcohol by volume.