Ten Wine Notes From The Supermarket
2005 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Chardonnay - This is your classic California Chard with good body, and traditional hints of vanilla and tropical fruit ( About $9).
2005 Round Hill California Chardonnay - A different style, drier, crisper, moving more toward a European style, more of a food wine, but it still works well on it's on (about $7).
2005 Rodney Strong California Chardonnay - Very nice, a great food wine, crisp and stony. Is this a new trend in California Chardonnays? Reminiscent of a French white Burgundy (about $10).
2005 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay - Perhaps the King of the supermarket Chardonnays. Bigger and more balanced than the Rodney Strong, less fruity than the Ch. St Jean (about $ 9).
2005 Beringer Founder's Estate California Riesling - What a pleasant surprise! Alleged to be sweet, but it seemed to me to be about one and a half per cent sugar. Tasted on a hot afternoon, it was really chilled and tasted crisp and refreshing. Not a lot of traditional Riesling flavors, but totally refreshing in the context of an outdoor festival ( about $5 -$10).
2005 Beringer Founder's Estate Cabernet Sauvignon California- Quite good. Good fruit, medium body, balanced, not too sweet or jammy (about $9).
2005 Beringer Founder's Estate Merlot California - Excellent for the price! Well balanced with interesting nuanced black fruit flavors. Reminds me of the very good Sterling Merlot ( about $9).
2005 Coppola Rosso Classic - This Zin/Syrah/Cab blend yields a wine that is easy, light to medium bodied, with lots of fresh strawberry fruit flavors. Not what you might expect from all the Zin and Syrah, kind of like Beaujolais Nouveau. Tastes good chilled by itself and a good BBQ wine (about $9).
2004 Bogle Petite Sirah - Okay, Bogle redeems itself! Even though there is no nose to speak of, this wine has lots of delicious plum flavors and is nicely balanced. It is nothing like the nondescript Zin we tasted recently from Bogle (about $9).
2005 Casa Lapostolle Merlot, Rapel Valley, Chile - This is the clear standout in the group. Deep red in color, it is big almost briary with great fruit and a hint of tannin in the finish, but not bitter. A real treat - this wine has some character. Definitely a best buy at $12.