We recently concluded one of our famous taste-offs! The results are what we are tasting tomorrow – stop on by!
Suburban Blind Taste-off
White Wines, $10 or Less
Goal: Taste blind as many ten-dollar white wines from around the globe as we can and isolate the best ones in the bunch.
# of Wines Tasted: 148
Panel: 8 acid-resistant palates from the Suburban Staff
Scoring: 4-10 points, averaged, with highest and lowest scores for each wine dropped
It's not a surprise that the top 6 is Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc-heavy. But what's more exciting is the appearance of Austria and Long Island this time around. 6 exciting wines have emerged, each and every one for less than a Hamilton.
#1: Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc '10
Chile nails the top spot this year! Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc is the only wine in this lineup that was already on Suburban's shelves before the contest. This is a fragrant beauty, offering peach, orange and white pepper notes. The palate is loaded with pit fruits, and has beautiful nervy acidity. This does not taste like a ten-dollar wine.
#2: Kreuznacher Kronenberg Riesling Kabinett '09
Very affordable, off-dry Riesling from Germany's Nahe region. Aromas of flowers and Manuka Honey. Not just a semi-sweet white. One of distinction.
#3: Groiss Gruner Veltliner '09 1L
This Gru-V is fat and Chenin-like. Dry, stylish, and offering a very long lingering of flavor. Austria is coming on strong. This is a one-liter size.
#4: Duck Walk Sauvignon Blanc '09
Local pride saves the day. This Sauvignon Blanc bursts with tropical fruit aromas and notes of melon and lechee. This vintage boasts a round mouthfeel, yet finishes clean and dry.
#5: Kreuznacher Riesling Spatlese Kronenberg '09
This Nahe Spatlese is an extraordinary wine that just happens to be sweet. The aromas are rich with botrytis, and the slatey flavors are haunting.
#6: Ockfener Scharzburg Riesling '09
On the drier side for Mosel Riesling, this is even more compelling than most sweeter examples. Classic slatey flavors, and that unique fruit/mineral/acid interplay.