Nevada Wine

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chardonnay Tasting

Last night, we discussed Flavor and Aromas in wine, especially for Chardonnay. We then tasted 9 wines with various characteristics including with and without oak, various percentages of malo-lactic fermentations and residual sugar. 7 of the wines were commercial wines, 2 of the wines were from UNR. The following was the ranking of the 20 plus persons evaluating the wine last night: 1) 2009 J.Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay, 2) 2009 Chateau St. Michelle Columbia Valley, 3) 2009 Toad Hollow Chardonnay Unoaked, 4) 2007 Louis Jadot Macon Villages Chardonnay, 5) 2009 UNR Valley Road Oaked Chardonnay, 6) 2009 Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, 7) 2009 UNR Valley Road Unoaked Chardonnay, 8) 2009 Montes Chardonnay Classic Series, 9) 2002 Domain Jomain Chardonnay. It was a fun night. Hope to see you there next time for an interesting series on "How does your brain taste and smell?" by Dr. Grant Mastick!