Beringer White Merlot

Name: Beringer White Merlot
Type: Rose
Grape: Merlot
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Beringer Vineyards
Price: $5.00

I don’t review enough blush wines so I bought a couple. Bad move so far. Smells like scratch and sniff chemical strawberries, reminds me of Boone’s Farm wine from college. Tastes better than Boone’s but worse than say, a real Merlot. It’s wine for folks who don’t like wine. If you like White Zinfandel as a rule, check this one out.

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Luna di Luna White Blend

Name: Luna di Luna
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: Italy
Year: 2004
Producer: Ca’montini
Price: $9.99

This is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Grigio and an astute enophile could probably have guessed that. The color is very light, closer to a Pinot Grigio than to most Chardonnays. The scent and flavor are dominated more by the Chardonnay, with a hint of oak on the nose and some stronger fruit flavors. It has a lightweight feel in your mouth and some astringency on the finish that are more typical of Pinot Grigio. So, it is a blend and it tastes like it, shocker…sorry to waste your time on all that. Overall, it’s pretty decent but a bit overpriced I think.

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Jacobs Creek Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Jacobs Creek
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: Australia
Year: 2005
Producer: Orlando Wines
Price: $6.00

Your basic Australian blended white wine, this one is a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s crisp, clean and refreshing. It has a little bite on the front of your tongue, followed by a smooth flavor and a teensy bit of acidity on the finish. A very nice summer white wine. I had it with some chicken breast straight off the grill and it was excellent.

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Frascati

Name: Frascati
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: Italy
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Cantine Francesco Minini
Price: $8.99

This is a very common wine in Rome because the vineyards are just a few miles outside the city. If you order a house white wine in Rome, you may very well end up with Frascati and you could do a hell of a lot worse. It is dry with a very crisp flavor and some acidity on the finish. It has floral and melon notes on the aroma. This is a very drinkable and refreshing summer wine.

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Casa de Vila Verde

Name: Casa de Vila Verde
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: Portugal
Year: 2004
Producer: Casa de Vila Verde
Price: $7.99

This Portugese wine has a strong aroma of unripe fruit. It is slightly off dry with a pretty standard cheap-white-wine flavor and some acidity on the medium finish. It’s ok overall but probably not worth the price of admission. I’ve had much better from Portugal.

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Jacob’s Creek Semillon Chardonnay

Name: Jacob’s Creek
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: Australia
Year: 2004
Producer: Orlando Wines
Price: $6.00

A serviceable Semillon Chardonnay blend, it smells and tastes citrusy, like lemons mostly. It’s slightly acidic toward the finish. It’s a clean-tasting summer wine that is easy on the budget, it’s just nothing fancy.

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Cancao White

Name: Cancao
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: Brazil
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Antonio Basso & Filhos
Price: $3.50

This is an adventure. This is one of, if not the cheapest wine I’ve tried thus far. It was $4.59 a bottle marked down to 2 for $7. I got a red and a white, both non-vintage and from Brazil. It’s a blend of a variety of white grapes and is just labeled as white table wine. The smell of it is unappetizing, like wild grapes that are turning bad. The flavor isn’t bad though. At this price point you don’t expect much complexity and you don’t get it. The flavor is very sweet, bordering on dessert wine, and that’s pretty much it. Very direct, no finish to speak of, with a bit of that wild grape flavor. It’s not horrible, just hold your nose when you drink it.

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Argiolas Costamolino

Name: Argiolas Costamolino
Type: White
Grape: Vermentino
Origin: Italy
Year: 2003
Producer: Argiolas S.P.A.
Price: $11.99

This is the first Vermentino I’ve had to my knowledge so here goes nothing. This particular wine comes from Sardinia, which is interesting in and of itself. I don’t think I’ve ever had wine from Sardinia either. The color is a straw yellow and it has a sweet aroma of grapefruit and honey. The smell reminds me of that nasty Cancao table wine I had from Brazil. That stuff must have had some of the same grapes in the blend. The aroma is much less offensive here though, it’s actually appetizing. The flavor isn’t as sweet as the aroma indicates, it isn’t actually sweet at all, more off-dry I’d say. The flavor is light at first, like a Pinot Grigio, and then gets more intense and acidic toward the finish, which is rather lengthy. It’s an interesting wine, I’ll try more…

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Rosemount Chardonnay/Semillon

Name: Rosemount
Type: White
Grape: Chardonnay/Semillon Blend
Origin: Australia
Year: 2004
Producer: Rosemount Estate
Price: $5.00

Smells a bit like ripe peaches, tastes clean and smooth with a bit of tartness on the finish. I see this wine in the 1.5 liter bottles all the time and that is a good way to buy it. It is a wine you could serve to anyone requesting white wine and I think they would be pleased.

Key Limen

Name: Key Limen
Type: White
Grape: Blend
Origin: U.S. – Florida
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Florida Orange Groves
Price: $15.95 (online)

This is a novelty for sure. I’ve never had a wine made of anything other than grapes so this is a real adventure. It was a gift from some friends that went on vacation in Florida. Not only is this the first time I’ve had wine made from Key Limes, it’s the first time I’ve had wine from Florida. I didn’t know how to classify it so I called it a blend, which it is, a blend of Key Limes and grapefruit.

It is a pale yellow color and it has an aroma that is strikingly of Key Limes but also of Lemon Pledge, there is some sort of chemical aroma at play. As soon as it touches your tongue it is obvious that this is a sweet wine, quite sweet in fact. That same chemical aroma is detectable in the flavor, but the overall impression is of sweet, then Key Lime, then tartness on the finish. It doesn’t taste like wine in the traditional sense (as one would expect) but it is pretty tasty. A very interesting vinous experience. Try it if you happen upon the opportunity.