White Wine Notes

We try to take short notes when we drink a new wine; I decided that if I post them here, I’ll have a better chance of finding them again (the notes date back to sometime in 2002, and are somewhat intermittent). Red wine notes will follow some other day.

Since we’re very light drinkers, unless we have company, we reseal the wine with a Vac-U-Vin and have it again a day or two later. Some wines fare better under this treatment than others.

Wine Comments
Fetzer Echo Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2002 Pleasant, survives well.
Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2002 David thought it was light and fruity; Diane thought it was rather astringent; we both liked it.
Trentino Pinot Grigio 2002 Liked it.
Johannesburg Riesling 2002
Sweet, but goes well with salmon.
Pacific Rim Dry Riesling (Bonny Doon) Liked it with chicken and the next day with salmon.
Beringer Chenin Blanc Nutty, the way a Chenin Blanc should be.
Brancott Vineyards Marlbourough Sauvignon Blanc Sweet.
Camelot Sauvignon Blanc 2002 Nice, slighly sweet and very slightly nutty.
Ferrari Carano Fumé Blanc 2002 Diane liked it.
Armstrong Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2001 OK.
Mezza Corona Pinot Grigio 2002 Very good.
Coppola Bianco 2002 OK
Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
A winner!
Ca’del Solo California Big House White 2003 Yuk. Better than Two Buck Chuck, but still Yuk.
Kenwood Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2001 Better than OK.
Buena Vista Sauvignon Blanc 2002 We both liked it; fruity.
The Stump Jump Riesling/Sauvignon Blanc/Marsanne 2003 Not worth buying again.
“Cloud Piercer” Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Nutty, good. A favorite.
Airlie Pinot Gris 2001 (Oregon) Very fruity. Too fruity, in fact.
Merryvale Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Crisp and fruity the first night; not nearly as good the second. Worth another try.

Father’s Day 2005

It was a quiet day here in Lake Wobegon…errr, Los Gatos. I spent a good part of the morning schlepping up to Palo Alto to buy bagels at Izzy’s while Diane was at the Y (I did my Y time yesterday, so I don’t feel guilty about skipping today).

This evening, we went with some good friends to Fontana’s for Father’s Day dinner. The menu posed more challenges than I’d expected (most dishes had pork or shellfish), but we all found something we could order, and the food was quite tasty. As was the wine, a 2002 Dry Creek Sonoma Fume Blanc. And the desserts were really good: Jeff had the killer dessert, Tartufo Nero (“a big scoop of dark chocolate gelato rolled in grated chocolate served with raspberry puree, sprinkled with white chocolate”), while Diane and I settled for splitting a Pure Decadence! (“sinfully delicious chocolate torte with raspberry sauce”). I have a “Free Pasta or 50% off a bottle of wine” card for Fontana’s, good for a year — we’ll be back.


Wine of the day: Nobilo 2003 Sauvignon Blanc. This is one of our favorites; it has a nice balance of herbal and fruit flavors, and goes well with chicken and fish.

Dinner at Forbes Mill

Diane’s dad’s recuperation seems to be more complicated than we’d expected (of course, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on from 2500 miles away), and so we spent much of the afternoon on the phone trying to sort out his status and what’s going to happen when he’s discharged from the hospital on Monday (answer: we don’t know yet, and trying to get information from a hospital on Saturday afternoon is a futile errand).

Neither of us felt comfortable committing six hours to a road rallye (including travel, rallye school, and post-rallye activities); Jeff, on the other hand, wanted us out of the house so that he could study and watch The Empire Strikes Back in peace. So we compromised, and Diane and I went out for dinner.

With just the two of us, our restaurant horizons expand considerably; we decided to try somewhere new but local, the Forbes Mill Steakhouse. We had no reservations, but thought it should be fairly easy to grab a table at 6pm, even on Saturday night. When we arrived, first they said that there were no indoor tables; I was ready to leave, and suddenly they discovered one table, near the kitchen. That was fine with us, and we took it.

Our waiter arrived promptly with menus, the wine list, and an offer of cocktails (which we declined) or water (which we accepted). We both wanted the Bosc Pear and Gorgonzola salad; Diane ordered the mixed grill (which, interestingly, includes a lamp chop rather than the expected lamb chop), and I ordered the ribeye. My salad had the dressing pre-applied, rather than on the side, as I’d ordered it — but it was very tasty, so I didn’t point out the error.

We both liked our wines; I had Terrazas de Los Andes “Vistalba Vineyards” Malbec, Mendza 2003, and Diane had Montage, California 2002.

When the main course arrived, the server mumbled something about “cowboy cut” (which had been a daily special), and I noticed that it was a bone-in steak — not what I expected. So I flagged down yet another waiter (there were some advantages in being near the kitchen), who brought over a supervisor, who said that the bone was “free” and that he’d make sure the bill was correct. I was hungry; the meat had been cooked the way I wanted and was reasonably close to what I wanted, so I said “ok”.

Neither of us was particularly thrilled with our steaks (though Diane said her lamp chop was good). There wasn’t anything wrong with them — but they weren’t worth the price. And mine was far too big to finish, and I didn’t want to save it, either.

We passed on dessert.

The check arrived, and it showed the bone-in ribeye, but they corrected it as soon as I pointed out the error.

If I could just order the salad, I’d return cheerfully (and then go somewhere else for a main course), but otherwise, I’m in no hurry to go back; the meat wasn’t up to the price, and they got too many things wrong in handling our orders.

After dinner, we took a nice walk through downtown Los Gatos, and then came home to find Jeff busily studying (he’d finished watching the movie first, of course).

Maybe we’ll try next month’s rallye, Car Wars III: Revenge of the SI.