By Lenn Thompson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
This week's tasting table actually includes a couple wines from further back than this week. I'm still catching up, what can I say? As a reminder, these are notes more or less direct from my notebook.
Bedell Cellars 2008 First Crush White ($18): Straightforward nose of fresh apple and apple blossom. Palate is all apple, cantelope and citrus zest. Great summer wine. Medium body. Mouthwatering. Rating: (3 out of 5 | Recommended)
Harbes Family 2007 "Blue Mack" Chardonnay ($16). Ripe with pear and tropical fruit on the nose. Even more tropical on the palate. Still a core of juicy pear. Big acid. Too much? Short finish. Need to taste again once acid has calmed down. Rating: (2 out of 5 | Average)
Harbes Family NV "Red Horse" Rose ($14). Very fruity, mostly strawberries and a little red raspberry on the nose. Crazy strawberries on the mouth-filling palate. Straight forward and simple. Okay balance. Rating: (2 out of 5 | Average)
Lakewood Vineyards 2007 Gewurztraminer ($17): Lychee, spice and juicy grapefruit-citrus on the nose. Little rose/floral character. Ruby red grapefruit on the palate with spice and ginger. Good (not great) acid. Long but a little hot on the finish. Rating: (2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)
Treleaven 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling ($14). A little light on the nose with delicate peach and melon aromas. Gentle sweetness, but good acidity. Honeydew and peaches. Medium-short finish. Rating: (2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)
Wolffer Estate 2008 Rose ($16): Clean nose of strawberries, passionfruit and green apple. Medium-light body with fresh acidity. Strawberries, cherry, citrus and apple on the palate. Longer than expected. Rating: (3 out of 5 | Recommended)