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….
See-through purple. Nose of sweet strawberries and spring flowers, very intriguing. On the palate I get more strawberries and nutmeg. The wine is juicy but not biting with acidity. I am enjoying the mouthfeel, it is very subtle yet supple. The tannins are so carefully hidden that I barely perceive them. The mid palate exhibits some more spices and the core fruit. The finish is short in length but pleasant enough. This wine is a nice, easy to drink wine that has an interesting nose. I think it gets 89 points and can be found for $10. This is a good deal, 5 stars from me. Pasta, pizza or a rack of ribs come to mind. Salut….
It has been a while since I have bought this brand. Chilean value is what I think of when I see it. Let’s see how this Carmenere fares. Very purple hues in the glass make for a good beginning. On the nose I am getting candy, some oak and black currants. My first taste is quite nice. The wine is fresh, fruity, upbeat and charming. Black berries and twizzlers come to mind. The acidity pops up and there is a very slight trace of tannins on the back end. This is not a complex wine but would rock a BBQ party, perhaps some pizza or even hamburgers. It will keep everyone happy with its $10 price tag and it get 88 points from me. This 4 star wine should be a staple, especially if you have parties and barbecues. Salut….
Indeed, a blend of Syrah and Gamay. Best known as the key ingredient in Beaujolais, the Gamay grape is lighter and more perfumed than most. It can be made in several styles from the easy drinking Nouveau to the cellar worthy Cru Beaujolais. I have fond memories of drinking it in the cafe’s of Paris and long to return- slightly chilled and always refreshing with a lunch of steak frites. When I saw the two varietals combined and from Australia no less I felt obliged to spend $10, my curiosity was immense.
Interesting nose of grape jelly with a touch of oak. Light and refreshing, like Gamay should be. Tart and tannic like a syrah can be. Very unique attack with some plum, purple skittles, and violets. Medium finish and a tannic exit. A must try just to see how the two grapes intertwine. 87 points. 3 stars. $10. 13.5% make it a tidy number for an al fresco lunch without being too heady. I will be buying more soon, as I feel this one might develop some interesting hints in the short term. Salut….
If you followed my last two posts you will know I went to a friend’s 50th birthday bash recently. When we were all seated this bottle was on our table, waiting to be opened. Our hosts had hired a private chef, waitresses and set up a whole outside sit-down dinner for 20 people.
I looked this wine up online and was pleasantly surprised. The price is only $10, and it got a whopping 90 points from RP himself. On the other hand, I have my own impressions. It started out with blueberries and heat. Lots of it. I had to let it sit for a few minutes to blow off. When it finally came around the blue fruits persisted with some earthiness, cherry kirsch and a touch of the wood. Decent tannins were integrating and the juicy acidity was great. I would give this wine a cellaring life between 2014 and 2020. We had Filet steaks with spinach and gratinated potatoes topped with scallops. It worked for me… At this price it’s hard to go wrong with this Spanish blend, but I am reserving points and going with 88 making it a solid 4 star wine that I may look for. If you are throwing a party you may want to get some as well. Salut….
I tried the 2008 Peter Schweiger a few months ago and really enjoyed it. We ended up with two bottles of this vintage and I wrote about the first bottle we opened as there was some variation. The main one being the effervescence that appeared in bottle 1. Ever so slight, yet noticeable in the glass and on the palate, it was quite nice actually. The wine was a dark straw color, not quite golden. Stone fruits popped out on the nose with a touch of dried apricot peel which was quite interesting. Yellow apple was the predominant flavor on the palate with some spiciness including a nutmeg twist. The wine finished with a back end leather component that is unique for a white wine, but delicious nonetheless. We bought each one for $10 and I would get more. Perfect for a summer day, it would pair beautifully with some grilled salmon, perhaps a ham and cheese baguette picnic? It arrives with a respectable 13% alcohol so be careful pounding it at lunch time or by the pool, there are Rieslings better suited for that at 8-9% alcohol. The 2011 was much fresher, cleaner and crisper with more acidity and a finer structure. This one seems to have taken on a more mellow stance and is maturing nicely. A decently long finish make this a very good wine in my opinion, 89 points worth and 4 stars for sure. Salut….
Along with the pure Shiraz I just wrote about there was this blend on sale for $10. Slightly better with more ‘real’ flavors- this bottle was passable. It had a subdued nose but opened up on the palate with blueberry and cherry. Slightly oaky, it had medium tannins and a balanced finish. Very basic everyday wine and priced right. I am going with 86 points and 3 stars, far better than the last bottle. Salut….
There was a special offer on this wine so I dove in with my $10 and now regret it. I will be honest, this is not good wine. Candied plums and strawberry skittles are all I could get from it. A fake fruit flavor that does nothing for me. Am I being harsh? Perhaps, but this wine is a not up my alley, it may please many others but I am not a fan. 85 points for technical merit and 2 stars from me. Salut….