Spent a pleasant hour with Rick & Linda at the Kroger in Centerville. Some interesting wines, including a few bottles left over from yesterday’s tasting, but nothing that really stood out.
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs (NV) California – $35
Moderate toast, with predominately fruit notes on the palate. Not much floral character at all. Pretty good.
Beaulieu Reserve Chardonnay (2007) Carneros, California – $20
Not what I was expecting at all – fruit, just a little oak, and very light. I’d go so far as to call this thin. Just a little bit of butter on the finish. Not recommended.
Beaulieu Pinot Noir (2010) Napa Valley, California – $23
Pretty dark for a Pinot. Aromas of cherry, with some anise and spice, then earthier on the palate. A little tight, as a matter of fact. I liked it.
Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon (2009) Rutherford, California – $33
Tight. Much more of a spicy Cab. Typical Cabernet fruit complex of cassis and blackberry as it opens up. OK, but not worth the money.
Buena Vista “The Count” (2012) Sonoma Valley, California – $20
An undisclosed red blend – Ken says that there is a touch of port in it. Big fruit, and almost a touch of sweet cheese (like mango cheddar, maybe?) if you really get your nose into the glass. Pretty nice after having been open for 24 hours. Very drinkable.
Ghost Pines Cabernet (2011) North Coast, California – $20
Yeah, this is nice – also open for 24 hours but still very dense and loaded with fruit – black and red. Best wine of the entire tasting.