Robert Mondavi 2000 Private Selection Chardonnay A vibrant and enthusiastic wine. Like an inner city slum peopled by criminals and dotted with quaint food shops. Weight, resistance and muscularity are good every once in a while, but I wouldn't want to drink it everyday. Green apples and sweet limes.
Concha y Toro Selección Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay Lemony, alcoholic smell and a bitter aftertaste. It leaves a bunch of bubbles on the wine glass if you care about that kind of thing. The wine has a pale yellow color and a full body, but watery taste.
Lussac-Saint-Émilion Château La Claymore 1999 Black cherries, tobacco leaves and cherry-like fruit. A tart and pungent fruity wine with a refreshing personality, but then I've always been partial to French Merlots.
Sarmientos de Tarapacá Sauvignon Blanc A sparkling dry wine with an acid flavor that evokes vanilla and sweet fruits, it leaves a tingling sensation on the sides of your tongue. Lots of alcohol and gormless in the end.
Vi de la terra de Castella A dark and exciting wine reminiscent of generic sweet berries, dark fruit, and herbs. Easy to drink and excellent for a steak. Much better than the more expensive hifalutin wines.
"It is a little, shy wine, like a gazelle." "Like a leprechaun." "Dappled, in a tapestry meadow." "Like a flute by still water." "And this is a wise old wine." "A prophet in a cave." "And this is a necklace of pearls on a white neck." "Like a swan." "Like a unicorn."—Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
2000 Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva Cabarnet Sauvignon Decent dark and black fruit, slightly sour to my taste and a bitter finish that I found off-putting. Very deep ruby color. To improve its flavor I'd suggest allowing it to breath for at least an hour before serving.