Tasting Notes for chrwhite

(300 notes on 284 wines)

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Red
4/3/2014 - chrwhite Likes this wine:
89 points
This was a very tasty, fruit-forward Pinot. A nice expression of the grape. Light-bodied and fresh, more fruit than earth. This is the type of Pinot that I enjoy.
White
2/11/2014 - chrwhite Likes this wine:
88 points
Floral and honeyed nose; spice and stone fruit on the palate. Short finish. This white blend has a nose reminiscent of a Chard, but tastes more like Gewurtz on the palate.
Red
12/15/2013 - chrwhite Likes this wine:
86 points
A basic, no frills Merlot. Nothing memorable but very drinkable.
Rosé
8/8/2013 - chrwhite Likes this wine:
88 points
Another great Rose from Navarro!
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/21/2013 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Fantastic wine! Honeyed on the nose and palate. Not cloying at all. Satisfying finish. I would buy again.
White
12/29/2012 - chrwhite Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale yellow with a floral nose, minerality, and petrol. Great acidity despite the age with tropical fruit on the palate. Very good drinking experience.
Rosé
9/14/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
85 points
The nose was a little sweet for my tastes, however on the palate this was a solid rose. The finish was a little too strawberry jolly rancher, but overall a solid rose.
Red
9/3/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
91 points
Great wine! Blueberry pie flavor profile. Maybe lacking a little complexity, but no complaints otherwise.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/3/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Great mouthfeel and a great flavormprofile. Grab this affordable TBA!
White
8/29/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
87 points
I liked this one. Bone dry with the steely flavors I've come to expect from Gruner Velt. Compared very favorably to Austrian expressions of the varietal.
White
7/30/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
83 points
This wine had a unique gala apple nose and palate, but was overly sweet. This was under $6, and Rieslings in this space tend to be too sugary, which was the case for this wine. Not terrible, but not the wine for true fans of Riesling.
Red
7/23/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
80 points
Not horrible, but nothing memorable. Earthy and tight; the fruit wasn't very pronounced. Not bad to cook with and then drink, but nothing you would want to serve a group of people.
White
6/8/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
89 points
Fantastic floral nose with minerality on the palate. Very subtle; not overpowering. Highly recommended!
Red - Sparkling
4/8/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
79 points
Too sweet. It reminds me of Arbor Mist. A sparkler designed for those that don't like sparkling wines. Me-I like sparklers, and don't like this one.
White
4/8/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Not a bad spring/summer wine. A surprising nose of candied apple greets you. That flavor profile doesn't carry over to the palate, which is rather bland leading into an unremarkable finish. The wine was pleasant, but unremarkable.
Red
4/6/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
This is a very extracted wine with plum, chocolate, and cherry on the nose. The palate is very plummy, and almost port-like.
White
4/6/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
87 points
A fragrant nose that was floral, with pear and green apple notes, and a hint of yeast. As good as the nose was the wine was a bit disappointing on the palate. Crisp acidity gave way to inconsequential flavors and a finish that was lacking in length and intensity. A quaffable wine buoyed by the nose. Not a bad everyday drinking wine.
White
3/2/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
88 points
A perfect spring/summer wine! Crisp, with wonderful tropical notes, and lemon on the palate. Highly recommend!
Red
1/24/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
89 points
This is the third time I've had this, and the third different score. Beautifully expressive nose of rose petals. i was worried that the nose would make the wine cloying, but far from it. I didn't get loads of fruit, but this was very subtle, and elegant, which has been my observation in the past. The difference is that the nose was much more pleasing this time. I think my previous experience with the wine was a little too hot (probably served around 70-75). I served it at 60 this time, so not sure if that made the difference. Whatever the case this was a very enjoyable Pinot experience.
White
1/24/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
88 points
A very nice Riesling with tropical notes on the nose and palate. Easy to drink and well worth it if you can find it around $10. Compares favorably with other American Rieslings in this price point, and one I would definitely buy and drink again.
Red
1/14/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
89 points
This was a delicious wine! A warm, inviting nose leads to a palate that displays hide balance between fruit and earthy rustiness. A great value at under $10, and a great wine to pop and drop.
Red
2010 Cepasantiguas Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/14/2012 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Nose was a little funky, but nice nod the palate. Grippy tannins made this a bit tight.
Red
12/29/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
84 points
This wine seemed a bit off to me. I was surprised at the body (medium to full). The fruit was too tart on the palate, and it overwhelmed some of the other flavors. I'm used t6 a little more earthniess from my Spanish Temps and this was like a jammy fruit bomb. Not horrible, but at around $10 there are better Spanish reds to choose from.
White
12/29/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Not bad at all. Typically Chardonnay nose. The palate was more Sauv Blanc with vibrant acidity and apple dominating. I think this wine drank just fine, but not exactly what I was expecting palate wise from a Chard.
Red
12/12/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
85 points
This tasted a little thin to me tonight. Not sure what the problem was as I've had this wine several times and usually rates around 90 for me. It was a little too fruit forward tonight, and almost chalky on the palate. Not bad, but not enough other flavors to back up the fruit. I served this at a bit of a higher temperature than I usually do, so not sure if that made the difference. I have another bottle purchased at the same time so we'll see how that rates.
Red
11/22/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
85 points
I tasted this semi-blind over the weekend, and my score is two points lower than a previous rating. This was number four of six wines, and this wine was just bland in comparison to others. Nothing offensive, but the nose, and especially the palate, just weren't expressive. However, I've had this before and remember it being better, although the flavors are more subtle. I think this is a more elegant Pinot, more burgundian in style, so it's not preferable if you prefer a ton of fruit in your Pinot.
White
11/22/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
89 points
Wonderful, expressive nose of fruit, spice, and floral notes. The palate was well-balanced featuring crisp acidity that at no point overwhelmed the flavors. The finish was 30-60 seconds, and carried through with the stone fruit mixed with citrus flavors from the palate. This wine won a semi-blind Pinot Grigio tasting with my extended family over the past weekend.
White
11/18/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
88 points
The Gewurtz characteristics dominate this Alsatian blend. Spice, stone fruit, and floral notes dominate the nose. The spice also comes through on the palate. The wine displays nice balance in terms of acidity. I wouldn't describe it as crisp, but it's definitely not flabby either. This is a treat if you like Alsatian style whites.
Red
11/5/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
88 points
This is my favorite "under $10, go-to red". The 2010 is a little tight, but you get that nice balance of fruit and spice.
Rosé
11/4/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
88 points
I'm not a Rose fan, but this is my favorite Rose. Very crisp on the palate. The nose is sweet strawberry, and there is a zing on the back of the palate and the finish. Not a lot of complexity here, but simply a delicious wine and one I could drink on pretty much any night.
White
11/4/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Tropical fruit and floral notes on this lovely Chardonnay. Very crisp on the palate with lively green apple. The malolactic is there, but not overpowering and lends a wonderful balance to the fruit. The finish is thorough. We had two bottles in a week, and I would buy a case if I could.
Red
2008 Ispiri Wines Cuvée Franc Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc (view label images)
7/26/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
89 points
Very elegant and smooth. Great nose and palate. Long finish.
White
7/9/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Not as good as the White Label.
White
6/30/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Gorgeous nose of passion fruit. This is a very aromatic wine, and that's its strongest feature. Crisp acidity on the palate with more tropical fruit with grapefruit. The finish showed good length with more lemon and lime. I was surprised with this wine as Sauv Blancs rarely impress me. This one did, and I will definitely seek out and buy again.
Red
6/26/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Excellent Pinot! Bright, ruby red in the glass. Aromatics were red fruit with a nice mix of oak, spice, and earthiness. This light-bodied wine had a very pleasing mouthfeel and cherry/strawberry flavor was a standaout with a solid oak component backing it up. Not very complex, and the finish wasn't long lasting, but this was a wonderful wine to drink. I'm glad I still own a bottle, and will definitely look to purchase again if I can.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/16/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Not bad. I think this was a fine dessert wine, but doesn't rate to others I've had (Sauternes, Ice Wine). It was beautiful in the glass, and honeyed on the palate. The finish was interesting. Very yeasty. Reminded me of a baked dessert; like a peach turnover. I thought the fruit was pretty good, but I was wanting more. Instead I thought the wine was a little overpowered by the sugar. This wasn't bad by any stretch, but my score reflects how this compares to other dessert wines I've had.
Red
6/16/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Not a bad wine to pop and drop. I thought this had a nice balance of earth, fruit, and acidity. A bit hot on the palate, and a little tight, but pretty good for a $10 Chat-du-Pape. I would probably buy and drink again, but nothing is truly remarkable about it.
White
6/10/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
87 points
I thought this was a pretty good Sauv Blanc. It definitely had the lemongrass/citrus element. Nice acidity. This is exactly what I would expect from drinking this varietal. I wasn't blown away by it, but I would drink this again, and may even purchase it again.
White
6/10/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
Slightly disappointed considering the name. I know this is their entry level wine, but still. Kind of non descript. Nothing wrong, but nothing that made this stand out either.
White
6/10/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
70 points
Awful. We had to dump. Not sure if it was a bad bottle or not. The wine was very golden brown in the glass and looked like a dessert wine. But tasted like pinesol.
White
4/27/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
flawed
The cork looked fine, so not sure what happened to this wine. But is was already golden brown and tasted more like vinegar than wine.
White
3/20/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
86 points
I've had this before and liked it better the first time I had it. Not sure what changed. Last time I remember it being more tropical, less acidic. This time it was more lemon, more acidic, and little harsher. We paired this with shrimp and scallops, so not sure if that made the difference. I would definitely try again since I enjoyed it so much the first time (scored it an 89), but I'm little warier.
White
3/19/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
88 points
This was a very enjoyable Chard. The nose takes you to the tropics with gobs of fruit. There is a lot of fruit on the palate as well and very little butter. Minerality shows up as well. Moderate acidity. The finish is decent. This is the type of Chard I tend to enjoy. I would've liked the finish to be longer and more complex, which is what keeps me from scoring this a 90+. If you like your Chardonnay with lots of butter/vanilla/caramel flavors then this isn't the one for you. But if you like zippy fruit and clean acidity then you'll probably enjoy this. I would drink, and buy, again.
White
3/18/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
87 points
This Sauv Blanc showed pale yellow in the glass. This domestic Sauv Blanc had a nose like a kiwi SB: grass, floral, with lemon citrus notes underneath. Very acidic on the palate with a burst of citrus. A little astringent on the back of the palate leading into a short finish. Varietally correct, and a good representation of the grape. While I wasn't blown away I do think this a good Sauv Blanc, and I wouldn't hesitate to drink again.
White
2/4/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Stellar wine! Varietally correct as the nose gives off spice, stone fruit, and the impression of being in an English garden. Pale yellow, almost platinum in the glass. Light bodied, with balanced acidity on the palate. Honey, lemon, and green apple dominate leading into a finish that is more citrus than anything else, but the green apple (particularly the peel) comes through as does more spice. If you want a domestic Gewurtz I don't see how you can do much better than this. An excellent expression of the grape, and a wine I will seek, and buy when I can!
Red
2009 Courtney Benham Merlot Russian River Valley
2/2/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
85 points
I consider this a disappointment considering the name, and the other varietals I've had from this winery (which I've enjoyed). The nose was unassuming; muted flavors. That was the theme of this wine: unassuming. The wine tasted a little tight, and I wonder if it needs more time? We didn't decant, but poured it through the aerator. The flavors were tart, red fruit. The finish was long, but no particularly pleasing. I feel like there's a stronger wine in here; it just needs more time. Not really willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, though, and probably won't purchase another bottle.
Red
1/28/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
90 points
Awesome Zin! Compares favorably to the Seghesio at the same price point. Loads of fruit, nice acidity, strong finish. You can't do much better for a wine under $20!
White
1/28/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
89 points
Loved this Chard, although I don't think it tastes much like a Chard. Reminded me more of a Riesling, which is probably why I liked it. I got a lot of tropical flavors, and didn't get much oak influence at all. The malolactic influence was diminished. This is the type of Chard I like (loads of fruit; not yeasty or buttery).
White
1/11/2011 - chrwhite wrote:
91 points
I don't think I've ever beein disappointed by a Navarro white wine, and this is no exception. Simply put: a beautiful wine. It starts with the color, which is unique. Pale yellow, closer to off-white, with a pink tinge. Looked a bit like Champagne in the glass (without the bubbles). The nose was stunning. A tropical garden with many floral notes, and tropical fruit. Perfumed, but not cloying. This medium bodied wine wasn't as sweet on the palate as I was expecting based on the nose and offered citrus, slighty minerality, and clean acidity. The finish was long lasting, and featured tarter fruit. I got citrus and green apple. An awesome wine! Worth it for the nose alone, but doesn't disappoint on the palate or the strong finish. I think if the palate and finish were a little more complex then I would score this higher, but a 91 from me is high praise.
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