We started the party with a flight of 3 white varieties: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Covey Run 2004 Riesling:
You've seen us review and recommend this bargain wine ($8) before and it did not fail to impress this evening.
Nose: citrus, pineapple, pear
Palate: velvet greens with fresh mint.
Finish: lovely and long.
Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005:
We've also reviewed the Monkey Bay (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blancs before but this was the first of the 2005 vintage I've had. It was a bit tighter and definitely younger than the older vintages we've reviewed but still a fantastically balanced and pleasing wine. Very crisp. ($12)
Nose: big sweet grapefuit and kiwi
Palate: a dryer palate with noticible acids. Feels young in the mouth.
Finish: Nice and sharp.
Crane Lake Chardonnay 2004:
This was a value wine that I picked up at the last minute because I could not resist the $3.99 price tag. I wanted to know what this bargain basement California Chardonnay was like and I wanted to show the guests that drinkable wine can be found at quite inexpensive prices. Crane Lake did not disappoint with the bar set low.
Nose: very limp, almost no nose at all.
Palate: surprisingly good body and balance in the mouth. A good mouth feel.
Finish: slight but there.
This wine was not a "good" Chardonnay, but it was not a "bad" Chard either. For $3.99 to find that there is something good to drink is nice. The guests thought so as well.
To all of you who were there or wanted to be there, I raise a Glass!