Pale straw color in the glass for this 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir blend. On the nose, strawberry and cherry flavors mingle with nutmeg. On the palate I get much more fruit flavor than I was expecting, it is lush and vibrant with more strawberry, a trace of rhubarb and capsicum. The mid palate shows a touch of acidity and some minerality. The finish is of decent length and much the same for flavors. Refreshing and satisfying describe this 88 pointer from South Africa. Yours for $10 makes this a 4 point wine that will pair tonight with roast pork shoulder and spiced Basmati rice. Drink till 2020. Salut….
Really dark in the glass. On the nose I get Ribena, blueberry pie and hot stone. On the palate it’s ginger, blackberry, cedar and evergreen. There is a really nice tannic backbone, unobtrusive yet I sense some astringent components from them. The mid palate is all blackberry jam. The finish is really nice, smooth and very balanced between black fruits, a hint of acidity and those delightful tannins. It’s quite long to boot. This is a really nice weekday drinker that gets 90 points from me and 5 stars as it’s under $10. Drink till 2023 with pizza, burgers, sirloin or pasta. Blend of Malbec, Cabernet Petit Verdot. Salut….
The stickers read- Decanter 93, RP 90. I’m intrigued. On the nose I get a nice blackberry, cassis and iodine note. On the palate it is very lush with mouth coating blackberry jam, delicious yet lithe tannins and a minerality that I was not expecting. The mid palate is full blown black fruit but it’s the finish that has me lusting for another mouthful. There’s so much body and ripe fruit that it is almost overflowing. The black berry compote is dark, sweet and ripe. The tannins are just right, not over done yet they give a nice mouthfeel for a long finish. This is a drink now till 2027 wine that will reward some patience yet give pleasure right away with everything from Bangers and Mash to hearty roasts, steak and pasta. I think Decanter went the right direction with this one- 92 points from me and it’s a steal for $10, worthy of 5 stars. Glad I found it. Salut….
Really bright purple in the glass, nice legs too! On the nose I get candied plum, oak shavings, blackberry preserves. On the palate it is quite tart, but interesting. Plums, ganache, chocolate dust and curt tannins all hit me on the initial. The mid palate is where the tannic grip takes hold. Dark stone fruits galore and an astringent tea make up the main profile. On the finish this wine gives me black olives, plums, tea and that tannic bite which lasts for over thirty seconds. Not a bad drop. 89 points from me and 5 stars for this $10 Malbec. Drink now with hearty dishes or cellar medium term for a smoother drinking wine. Salut….
Slightly less opaque than what I was imagining for this Malbec. Good color though. The nose has a candy note, some fresh oak and some blackberries. I’ll admit, the candy part does not appeal to my taste. On the palate it is quite refreshing, light in body but thick in flavor. Black berries, kirsch and bramble. There is a chewiness that I am enjoying. This wine is very dark fruit forward. Structure-wise it is built for immediate quaffing with very little tannic backbone, very gentle acidity and an easy mouthfeel. It is not complex but offers easy enjoyment and gets 87 points from me. For the price under $10 it’s a decent summer barbecue wine that I might take into the fall as an excellent part of coq au vin, even beef burgundy. I think it would work quite well. 4 stars. Salut….
Some more Kirkland Signature wines are on the horizon in my search for value priced offerings. This one cost $10. It shows nicely in the glass with a see-through medium hued purple. The nose is mostly plum with a hint of nutmeg. The palate is very inviting, easy to drink and fresh. Blue fruits dominate with a touch of tannic vibrancy that tickles the gums. Acidity is present and the wine has a really nice balance. The mid palate has a core of plum that carries through to the finish. There’s not much complexity here, but it does serve the purpose. This wine is great value for a Sonoma County Cabernet that drinks easily, will handle burgers, pizza and make an awesome coq au vin. I would buy it up, serving all summer long out by the grill. Drink till 2020. 89 points and 5 stars. Salut….
Picked this one up for $10 in Delaware, cause I was bored and wandered into a wine shop. I also happen to really like Pinotage. This one shows pretty light in the glass. It’s a pretty purple though. On the nose- textbook. Creosote, black fruit, earth and charred wood. On the palate, it is very fruity- plums, black berry and unique Kumquat note that I find very intriguing. An orange like testiness with some acidity to it. Very interesting. The mid palate has tons of that creosote flavor I associate with Pinotage. The tannins get a grip on the back end, but not overly so. The finish has an oak tinge to it along with black berry cobbler. A touch of vanilla rounds it all out. I must say, I really like this wine. It’s not very complex but it is really drinkable, is unique and is priced right. 88 points from me and 5 stars. It will pair well with the marinated Flap Steaks I have on the grill. Salut….
Another in the latest series of inexpensive Costco finds- a Montepulciano Reserve. I think I paid a whopping $10. It shows a decent purple, pretty opaque. On the nose I get tar, black berry, licorice. On the palate it is somewhat brighter than I had imagined. Uplifting blackberry extract, star anise, mint. Sour cherry kicks in on the mid palate and makes me pucker ever so slightly. Medium tannins balance the finish off which is short to medium in length. This is the perfect wine for tonight’s burgers and tater tots. Refreshing, somewhat lighter in style yet offering a juicy cut to the fatty patties. Generally speaking this is an everyday drinker that deserves 87 points but get 5 stars from me for its value and easygoing style, perfect for summer. Salut….
My son is visiting from Nashville so we decided to order some Chinese food. Faced with trying to pair reds with Mogolian Beef, Walnut Crisp Shrimp, General Tso…. I gave up and looked in the fridge. I wanted something on the lower side of the alcohol scale. This crisp Pinot Grigio rings in at 12.5%, perfect for my Far Eastern foray. It shows a pretty gold and pink hue in the glass and offers lemon zest, pineapple and green apple on the nose. On the palate it is not as crisp as I had imagined, slightly more weighty and silky. It reminds me of unoaked Chardonnay in a way. Waxy, pear, apple and citrus peel. The mid palate is really interesting with more green fruits, melon and a hint of beeswax. The finish has that classic lemon profile. This Italian Pinot Grigio is more akin to Oregonean or even Alsatian Pinot Gris with it’s heavier profile, darker complexion and flavor charachteristics. I’m not complaining, it’s a decent wine and I am enjoying it immensely with my exotic dinner. 89 points and 5 stars for this $10 wine that needs to be stocked in multiples! Drink now till 2018. Salut….
It’s pasta for a quick pre-ballet dinner with my daughter so I needed a quick and easy Italian wine. This one rolled in the other day at $10 so I figured it was worth a shot. The glass shows off a decent color palette of purple that is somewhat see-through. The nose offers red berries, raspberry and some clove. The Sangiovese in the blend gives me some cherry notes on the palate while the Merlot component brings out some plum while adding a bit of backbone to the wine. On the mid palate is where I get a nuttiness, almonds and a touch of oak. The wine has some very dry tannins that kick in on the finish and add a bite to the gums. Acidity is nice and the wine is balanced. I’m not sure I would go as high as the pros with 92, more like 89 points for me. Still a good value IMHO and worthy of 4 stars. Perfect for the midweek pasta dish or perhaps a thin crust wood oven pizza. Drink till 2020. Salut….