I did not care for the last Carmenère I had, realizing that the varietal as a whole was too gamy and earthy for me with some exceptions. When I saw this bottle at the shop I figured I would give it another go, recognizing the winery name and hoping for a better result. It starts off quite inky in the glass. I can smell the earthiness from a few feet away. On the nose it is quite interesting, if not a touch green and herbal. Capsicum, violets, black currants and blueberry all hit me. The palate is quite sharp right off the bat, piquant acidity and a touch of tannic bite are the first tastes/sensations I get. Once past that part I get some black currants, licorice, coffee and a hint of game to go along with the bell peppers. It’s not my favorite flavor profile, but at least it’s not unpleasant. Th wine has a decent structure but it tends to lean towards the tart side of the scale and the green flavors are really prominent on the mid palate. The finish is sour, yet it lacks acidity per se. The tannins are medium in intensity and slightly underripe. Overall this wine is drinkable and forgettable. At least I am not gagging on it. 82 points from me and at $20, it’s a 1 star effort. This varietal is quickly losing my interest. Salut….
This was the last wine in tasting #9 of the Virtual Wine Tasting Company. It’s a blend of Corvina and Rondinella with 30% of the fruit undergoing a drying process prior to vinification. This style of winemaking is very prevalent in Amarone wines so I was intrigued to try this vino. It’s quite dark and thick in the glass, which is what I was expecting. On the nose it is quite horrendous IMHO. Asphalt, baby diaper, cat box, cat pee and tea were all notes from the group. On day 2, it’s pretty much the same for me. The palate is plummy, surprisingly light, spicy and has notes of blackberry, pepper and is a touch spicy. On the mid palate it gets a black tea note and some dusty tannins. The wine finishes a touch dry and has some plums eking out the funky notes for a last minute stand. The finish lasts a good 30 seconds but is not very pleasant. 85 points from me, perhaps this bottle is not right either? At $17, it gets 1 star. Salut….
This wine was all over the shop with the group at the #9 virtual wine tasting. Some loved it, others hated. It’s an 80/20 Malbec/Cab Franc blend from Argentina. It is a very dark shade of purple in the glass. The nose is chock full of cigar box, smoke, Port wine, tar and oak. The fruit finally appears after a big swirl- black cherry and Welch’s Grape juice. There is a concerning acetone whiff, not a good sign. On the palate it is very rich and upfront with pepper, bitter chocolate, black plum and violet. That medicinal/tarry note that I am associating with the acetone is bothering me. The wine finishes with a touch of tannin and some oak influence. This is not my fave- I think it may have flaws and only gets 86 points from me. For $35 it only gets 1 star. Salut….
It’s inky, brooding, opaque and shows fine legs in the glass. On the nose I get graphite, plums, oaky vanilla and cedar. On the palate there are black currants, green plums, black tea and dry tannins. The mid palate is very astringent with more tea, strange tannins, some black fruit and not much acidity. I’m not enjoying this wine very much, too off-balance and way too dry without fruit to back it up. The finish is very dark and austere- over-steeped tea, some plums and a woodsy note. The grip of the tannins hold on for a while but the fruit fades quickly. Overall a disappointing wine from a great Bordeaux vintage. 86 points from me, the pros went much higher but I don’t see it. It may mellow out in the near future. Drink till 2025. For $75 it gets 1 star and a pass from yours truly. Salut….
The third SplashWine in the lineup is a Merlot from Spain. It’s a dull shade of purple and nearly see through. On the nose I get cherry, raspberry and oregano. On the initial palate it is somewhat sweet with cherry juice, more red fruit melange and tart acid. The mid palate is not so sweet and the proper flavors come around. Raspberries and sour cherry are more like it. The wine finishes quickly, with some red fruit, crunchy tartness and a trace of tannins. 83 points from me and 1 star for this $12 wine. Salut….
Pale purple and seethrough in the glass. The nose is black kirsch and charcoal. On the palate it has a definitive woodsy note that opens up the initial palate. Black berries appear alongside rooibos tea, but it’s a little thin. On the midpalate I get some juicy acidity alongside some dark fruits. The finish has some tannic bite, albeit slightly green. Overall I’m quite disappointed in this vintage. 84 points and 1 star for this $15 wine, a major pass I’m afraid. Salut….
Light to medium density in the glass. A lighter shade of purple that offers up plum, star anise and a stony minerality on the nose. On the palate, it is somewhat sour and lacking in upfront fruit. I have to coax some dark fruits, mainly plum out of the midpalate. There is a herbaceous component that disjoints the wine coupled with volatile tannins. The lack of fruit bothers me somewhat. The overpowering dryness is quite dominant making this wine not very pleasant nor technically very good. 83 points- a pass of 1 star, save the $15. Salut….
Dark but opaque purple. Nose has flavors of raspberry, oak and nutmeg. On the palate, somewhat tannic and dry on the initial taste with red berries and an astringency that is somewhat overpowering. The tannins continue the dryness onto the mid palate where I get some black cherry notes, but just barely. The finish is one dimensional. For me this wine is unbalanced and lacking fruit. It could be in a dumb phase. Right now I’m thinking 85 points and for the $18 I paid it is a pass and 1 star. It’s a shame as I really enjoyed the 2014 Mission Cabernet Merlot blend which I gave 89 points to. Salut…
I really look forward to Portuguese wines. I normally find them to be full of flavor, with good structure and interesting profiles. This one was on sale for $14 and relied heavily on past vintage points awarded. It starts off very promising with a rich deep purple in the glass. Nose of bramble, blackberry and earth. The palate is initially a little light for me. Black cherry, more blackberry but that’s about it. The mid palate is one dimensional, offering a dusty blackberry note and not much else. The finish is slightly dry with some tannins finally appearing. This wine is too thin for me, not extracted enough and lacks any long term cellaring. I don’t think it is a repeat purchase. 83 points and 1 star from me. Salut….
If you read my first tasting note on this Beaune Premiere Cru you will recall that I hated it, giving it 80 points and 1 star. I have a few more in the cellar and pulled one out for a comparative tasting after two more years of cellaring. Not much has changed, unfortunately. I did some research and I must say I am confused. It scored 91 points on average by peers on cellar tracker. Vivino peeps gave it a good write up yet I can’t get my head around the muted nose of rhubarb and cherry pie which is too tart still with little fruit depth. Red currants and cinnamon finally showed up. I was kinder this time with 85 points, but that is generous. A major 1 star pass for the money. Salut….