24 July 2005

Tasting Notes for July 21, 2005

All of the wines tonight came from the same producer, Trinchero Family Estates out of California. This is the family that is responsible for first creating white zinfandel back in the 50s. Under their Sutter Home label they're one of the largest producers of table wine in the world. The revenues from that business are used to make smaller, higher quality wines, using grapes sourced from all over the state. (Each of these bottles listed the percentages from Napa, Sonoma, etc.)

Wine 1: 2004 Trinchero Sauvignon Blanc. A bit of a toasted almond aroma on top. It's quickly bottled after fermentation in stainless steel, so it's got a thin feel to it. I found the wine a little sour. Also contains about 15% Semillon. $15.

Wine 2: 2003 Trinchero Chardonnay. Apple aromas, but a normal California Chardonnay flavor. Boring, forgettable. $15.

Wine 3: 2002 Trinchero Merlot. Sort of a strawberry cheesecake aroma. Good black cherry flavors. Nice and light with mellow tannins. $15.

Wine 4: 2003 Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon. High alcohol smell, dark fruit aromas and flavors. Short finish with a good balance. $15.

Wine 5: 2002 Trinchero Petite Verdot. Wow! This is one that is not commercially available around here, the distributor just happened to bring a bottle by. It's 100% Petite Verdot, one of the five red Bordeaux grapes. I've had it in blends several times, but only in trace amounts. It was a dark purple color, with incredible plum and smoke flavors. Dry and with surprisngly balanced tannins. Probably around $30.

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