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….
I got a good deal on two bottles of Yellow Label, this Merlot and a Cab Sav. I have had this line before and recall it’s consistency and value for money. I was not disappointed, and was happy to spend $10 each (RRP $17).
The wine was a deep purple in the glass which was a good start. On the nose I got a very interesting mix of ripe plums and oak which carried through on the palate. I also got a strange yet intriguing taste that I noted ‘woodsy component like green tree branches’. Transitioning to the mid palate is where the Kirsch and sour cherries kicked in with some nutmeg and cola. I feel this wine is slightly backward right now but expect it will sort itself out in the near future. The tannins are gentle and the acidity is present in this South Australia wine. I’m going with 89 points and 4 stars for the price. Salut….
The label says Limited Edition, but I think it’s just to celebrate their heritage rather than a specifically special blend. By the time we got to this wine, we were suffering from some ‘palate fatigue’ (we were pissed, I’ll admit it). I did enjoy this one more than I thought I would. The Shiraz was not overdone and the Cabernet provided a healthy framework and some nice sweet tannins. The nose of the wine was elegant with blackberry and blueberry dominating the oak influence. The flavors on the palate included blackberry pie, cinnamon spice, some blueberry jam and tobacco. Quite a compilation of nuances I must say. The acid, tannins and alcohol were all in check and balanced nicely. This really was a pleasure to drink and I am going with 89 points. I believe my mate paid $10 for it making it a 4 star effort and a sure-fire winner. I would serve this up with burgers, perhaps a pizza and probably a hearty pot roast. I have tried numerous Wolf Blass wines and this one was one of the better examples from this huge winery. Salut….