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March 21, 2001


wpe6F.jpg (10608 bytes)Host Gary Peer was interested to sample really "dry" Chardonnays and selected the them of Carneros-grown wines.
We had a good cross-section of Chardonnays which ranged in price from affordable to deluxe.




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The photo on the left is of Mark Naismith, shown holding the "...without a doubt, clear winner...anyone not rating this wine first is a knucklehead."

Here's what we found:


The Wines Gerald's Rank GROUP RANK Total Points 1sts/2nds/
Lasts
ABUNDANCE VINEYARDS
1999 Carneros  ‘Leveroni Vnyd’ $10.99
2 8 57 0/1/4
ANCIEN
1999 Carneros  ‘Buena Vista & Sangiacomo Vineyards’ 
$29.99
7 7 54 0/0/0
CHASSEUR
1998 Carneros Sangiacomo Vineyard ‘Green Acres Hill’
$42.99
1 1 30 4/1/1
MacROSTIE
1999 Carneros
$17.99
8 6 53 0/0/3
RUDD
1998 Carneros District
$34.99
5 5 35 0/4/1
SAINTSBURY
1999 Carneros
$17.78
4 4 34 1/2/0
SOLITUDE
1999 Carneros ‘Sangiacomo’
$21.99
6 2 30 3/0/0
TRUCHARD
1999 Carneros ~ Napa
$29.99
3 3 31 1/1/0

wpe71.jpg (7691 bytes)Jacques Sweitzer, an original Vino Fino taster, carefully evaluates the wines.  Jack is a bean counter, so he's in charge of finances. 

Jim, sitting next to him, is a "rookie" member of the group.  Poor guy (Jim) received much abuse from Mr. Naismith, having rated Mark's first place wine 7th and Mark rating 2nd Jim's last place selection. 

8th Place:  ABUNDANCE 1999 "Leveroni" CHARDONNAY
Jack and I were the only tasters who gave high marks to this wine.  I liked the woodsy, American oak notes.  It's dry, nicely balanced, with sweet oak and a vanillin component.  One-and-a-half stars.

7th Place:  ANCIEN 1999 Carneros CHARDONNAY
I found hints of cream and butter in this elegant Chardonnay.  The wine is dry and of medium intensity with a hint of a stony note on the nose.  The same elements are present on the palate.  One star.

6th Place:  MacROSTIE 1999 Carneros CHARDONNAY
Fruity elements are displayed here in this bright, citrusy Chardonnay.   I found a hint of a pineapple fragrance, too.  MacRostie's Chardonnay is soft and "easy" on the palate, but I marked it down for showing a bit of alcohol.
One-half star.

5th Place:  RUDD 1998 Carneros CHARDONNAY
Mildly toasty notes and a nice hint of oak go along with the appley Chardonnay fruit.  Slightly bothersome was a "band-aid"-like tone.   Very crisp, dry and showing toasty oak on the palate...woodsy.  Nice.

4th Place:  SAINTSBURY 1999 Carneros CHARDONNAY
Mildly citrusy notes combine with a touch of a minerally, stony note in this nicely complex wine.  There's a touch of a toasty element from some aging with the spent yeast.  On the palate this is mildly toasty and creamy....One star.

3rd Place:  TRUCHARD 1999 Carneros/Napa CHARDONNAY
Elegant and showing a nice creamy, vanillin character with similar notes on the palate...there's also a hint of a citrus or orange peel note on the palate.  One star.

2nd Place:  SOLITUDE 1999 Carneros CHARDONNAY
Though mildly fruity and showing some woodsy notes, I marked this down a bit for having a cardboard note....I am not sure this was a completely "sound" bottle, though it was not badly "corked" (musty)...woodsy and toasty on the palate.
Probably a one-star wine.

1st Place:  CHASSEUR 1998 Sangiacomo "Green Acres Hill" CHARDONNAY
No mistaking the toasty, leesy, smoky notes of this fabulously Burgundian-styled wine.   There's a nice bit of creamy, buttery tones, also.  Very fine.
Two stars, plus!

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Even Dick Otstott rated the Chasseur as his top wine.

 

VINO FINO TASTING ARCHIVE

2007 RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIRS  February 2010

A RANGE OF FRENCH CHABLIS WINES  January 2010

HOLIDAY DINNER & WINE MARATHON  December 2009

ROSÉ SPARKLING WINES  November 2009

ARGENTINEAN MALBECS  October 2009

WEST COAST CHARDONNAYS  September 2009

GREEK RED WINES  August 2009

2005 BUDGET BORDEAUX  July 2009

CAMPANIAN WHITE WINES  June 2009

MIXED BAG OF CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIRS  April 2009

RIOJA WINES, MOSTLY FROM THE 2004 VINTAGE  March 2009

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SYRAH & PETITE SIRAH COMPARISON  January 2009

A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2008

MOSTLY 2005s: NAPA CABERNETS  November 2008

SONOMA COUNTY PINOT NOIRS  October 2008

SANTA RITA HILLS -2006 VINTAGE- PINOT NOIRS  SEPTEMBER 2008

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A VINO FINO CHRISTMAS  December 2006

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CHARDONNAYS OF MODEST PRICE November 2004

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SONOMA ZINFANDELS  February 2004

1997 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO  January 2004

VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA 2003

2001 CTES du RHNES  September 17, 2003

2000 OREGON PINOT NOIRS  August 20, 2003

WEST COAST SYRAHS  July 16, 2003

2000 Bordeaux  June 18, 2003

2000 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS May 21, 2003

OFF THE BEATEN PATH SYRAHS APRIL 16, 2003

2002 NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANCS  March 19, 2003

1999 California CABERNETS  February 19, 2003

VINO FINO HOLIDAY BACCHANALIA December 4, 2002

AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ  August 21, 2002

CHAMPAGNES & SPARKLERS July 17, 2002

Interesting Paired CHARDONNAYS
May 15, 2002

2001 Southern Hemisphere SAUVIGNON BLANCS   Feb. 20, 2002

1999 ZINFANDELS January 16, 2002

HOLIDAY SEASON BACCHANALIA
December 5, 2001

1999-2000 New PINOT NOIRS November 14, 2001

1999 CALIFORNIA ZINFANDELS October 17, 2001

1998 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS September 19, 2001

1999 LANGUEDOC REDS August 15, 2001

1997 SAUTERNES July 18, 2001

Mostly 1998 NEBBIOLO June 20, 2001

1999 PINOT NOIRS May 16, 2001

1996 SAINT-MILION Tasting April 18, 2001

CARNEROS CHARDONNAYS March 21, 2001

1984-1985 NAPA CABERNETS/John Vignau Memorial Tasting  October 20, 2000

1997 CALIFORNIA CABERNETS   September 20, 2000

1998 CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAYS   August 16, 2000

WINES FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: CLARETS  June 21, 2000

WINES FROM UNDER THE TUSCAN (and Umbrian) SUN   Aprile 19, 2000

1997 BORDEAUX: MEDOC May 17, 2000

 

 

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