I harvested a Deer a few weeks ago and had the butcher make some Spicy Sausages. Having never tried them I was at a loss for a wine pairing until I came across this blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. I have had the Amado Sur before and this seemed the most likely candidate. Dark purple and totally opaque. On the nose I get candied strawberry and red licorice. The palate is a touch darker in the fruit department with black berries, dark cherry coulis and bitter plums. There is a whack of acidity to this wine but a medium serving of tannins. Perfect for my pairing, as Venison is very lean and we are pairing this with pasta and Vodka sauce, which is somewhat creamy. The mid palate is really juicy and I have quickly forgotten/forgiven that stlightly sweet nose profile which I really don’t care for. The finish ends abruptly but not before I get that bitter jab again. It’s an issue IMHO. Overall this is a decent weekday pop-n-pour and it serves my needs tonight. 87 points make this $14 wine a 3 star effort. Previous vintages that lacked the bitterness were better BTW. Drink till 2022. Salut….
I am a big fan of Trivento, as can be seen in my write-ups. The Amado Sur is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah.
Dark purple in the glass. A nose of black currants, oregano, chocolate powder. On the palate- currant, cinnamon stick and crunchy tannins. On the mid palate there are some plum notes as well the currants. The tannins are really apparent in the finish, and give off a dry mouthfeel. This wine is balanced and tasty, but perhaps young. It will reward some cellaring but offers good flavors and structure right now to pair with prime rib, eggplant moussaka or even roast duck with orange sauce- or some cheese and chorizo like I did. I like it and am going 90 points. For $14, this is a really good deal. 4 stars. Salut….
Mostly Malbec with a dose of Bonarda and Syrah, this little gem fits between the Malbec Reserve and Golden Reserve of which I am very fond of. Deftly made with subtle oak, there is a serious tannic compound to this wine which will hold it together in the cellar for years to come. Dark purple in the glass with very interesting blueberry notes and some mintiness on the nose. On the palate is where the blueberry driven Malbec mixes it up with the red fruits of the Bonarda and Syrah. I’m not sure where the tannins are derived from, but they just wont quit. I was licking my lips forever after each sip, the mouth puckering was amazing, in a good way. The acidity was bright and balanced in this wine. It finished with a plumminess that was somewhat jamlike, which I enjoyed. 89 points in my book and a 5 star wine for the price. This winery keeps on delivering the goods, a must have for the cellar to be enjoyed for the next 7 years. Salut!
It is difficult for me to pick my top 20 of the year, I have had the opportunity to taste so many wonderful wines and more importantly- to share them with family and friends. This year, I started adding the price onto each blog post so you could better understand how I rate the wines. The value of a wine is a balance of it’s technical merits versus the price paid. For 2013, I looked at all the 5 star wines and decided from that list which ones were the standouts. I included my personal experiences in the decision when choosing the top. In my list are 5 whites (one sparkler), 3 from my state of Virginia, 3 from France, a South African and a smattering of Australian and Kiwi wines as well as the American contingency.
20. The Clos Du Bois Chardonnay Calcaire from the 2010 vintage was an amazing, crisp white that I gave 91 points to.
19. Trivento’s Amado Sur was a unique blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. Available locally for about $15 it is sure to please.
18. From Virginia comes the Barboursville Chardonnay, which I re-tasted last year. I also wrote about the winery visit, a great day out if you happen to be in the middle of Virginia.
17. From Bordeaux comes the Virginie Thunevin from the amazing 2009 vintage. Priced right, it offers up everything a claret should be.
16. The only one of it’s varietal, the Van Ruiten Zin was a delicious California gem that I have been on the lookout for.
15. The Parsons Flat Shiraz from Henry’s Drive was an amazing Cabernet made more special because it was brought to the table by my friend ‘The Beave’ whom I shared 6 weeks of training with over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.
14. First Drop ‘Mother’s Milk’ was probably one of the smoothest Shiraz’s I have tasted. A delicious, yet complex wine with an amazing label.
13. A delicious Napa Cab from Burgess Cellars slips into lucky 13 with it’s 2002 vintage. A seasoned, mellow and nuanced offering that hits it just right for me.
12. Mollydooker’s Two Left Feet was an impressive wine that I experimented using the ‘Mollydooker Shake’ to open the wine up. Very approachable and delicious, it screams for a grill and some good times!
11. From California came the Carpe Diem 2009 that Moxie and I drank on our trip to Napa. A great wine and an amazing visit to the west coast enroute to Bali.
10. Vergelegen is the South African wine that made my list. This claret styled wine was spectacular for an amazing price.
9. Another stunner from Mollydooker, ‘The Scooter 2010’ was an approachable and fun wine that I could drink all the time. Easygoing and smooth for a decent price.
8. One of two Pinot Noir’s on my list. The Kate Radburnd was an amazing effort from Wairarapa that we drank on Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak. Deelish…
7. The other Pinot on my list also hails from New Zealand. The Saint Clair Block 15 was an astounding wine that managed to balance old world and new in a delicious package that had me reeling for more.
6. The third white in the lineup comes from Barboursville as well. The Malvaxia is tied for my highest scoring wine with 96 points. A stunner that needs to be beholden. I was speechless after drinking it.
5. When Moxie and I visited Napa, we stopped at the Cosentino winery where I picked up the Poet 2009. Apart form the huge 94 points I gave it, there was something special about the whole winery experience and the bottle itself.
4. Bella’s Garden 2010 would have gotten 6 stars if I my scale went that high. This offering form Two Hands was sublime, a wine drinker’s paradise in a glass.
3. The last of the whites is another from Barboursvile in Virginia that would also have gotten 6 stars if allowed. The 94 point, $16 Non-Vintage Phileo was a show stopping wine that makes me realize how lucky I am to have discovered this winery. This is a bucket list wine folks.
2. There is no doubt that Dom Perignon is one of the Kings of Champagne. Served at my parents 50th anniversary made it all the more special, delicious and memorable. At 95 points, the price did not matter. This wine oozed class and was savored by the whole family.
1. I have written about Lynch Bages on many occasions so it should not be a surprise that my last two bottles of the 1996 vintage made me award them the #1 spot. The first bottle was opened on my birthday, I gave it 95 points. The final bottle was opened in November with our best friends, it got 94 points. Wine is for sharing, for the memories and for our enjoyment. I hope you have the opportunity to try at least one of my top 20. Happy New Year and the best success for 2014.
A rich opaque purple in the glass with a beautiful nose of Black and Blue berries. On the palate- very smooth, like buttah… A delicious mix of blue berry , cherry, and ginger spice. Fine grained tannins and a touch of acidity give this wine a great mouthfeel, easy to drink. This wine is made in a very elegant, understated style. The fruit is allowed to express itself, the tannins are not pumped up and the acidity is gentle yet balanced. Very delicious wine with medium term aging potential. Tonight I will pair it with Roasted Beef Tenderloin, probably the best cut for such a lithe wine that isn’t overly tannic. 90 points and 3 stars for this $24 effort. Salut….