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….
It looks very dark and brooding in the glass, the legs barely evident- 13.5% alcohol will do that. On the nose it is spicy with dark cherry, cola and a touch of oak. I also notice a spice box component. On the palate it is a bit abrupt- black cherry, green pepper, iodine and anise all greet me. There’s a frontal wave of tannins that also hit right off the bat, quite dry and relentless. The mid palate is more red cherry meets blackberry, with a nice acidic touch to refresh the palate. The tannins are certainly players here, enveloping my gums and making me pucker. The brooding nature of this wine is evident on the palate now as it finishes with crunchy black berries, that tannic grip and some toasty oak nuances. The finish is quite long. I was not sure what to expect from this wine, it was part of a SplashWine shipment. I did see it for sale at $12 online and it got 83 points from one reviewer. I would guess it’s got some Syrah, Grenache and maybe a touch of Tempranillo. Who knows…. For me it’s decent for everyday, gets 86 points and 3 stars. Drink till 2024 with some Jamon, a steak or pasta. Salut….
Number two in the virtual line-up was this Nero D’Avola from Sicily. I wanted to add a relatively unknown varietal to try and introduce new wines to my friends. This one was a steal at $12 and scored highly amongst the attendees. I gave it 89 points and will go with 4 stars. It had some very nice black fruits, good tannic structure and a decent finish of licorice and oak adding to plums. Cellar for up to 6 years. A good wine to have in case you need a quick go-to bottle. Salut….
Semi opaque and medium intensity purple. The nose has spicy blueberry jam, candy and licorice. On the palate it is very fruity, dry and mouthwatering. Blackberry paste, cedar shake and iodine caress the tongue while really nice tannins completely coat my gums. It is a luscious mouthfeel if you’re in the mood for some tannic grip. The midpalate and finish carry on the theme and it ends on a nice dry note of black jam, cinnamon, some wood influence and that licorice note. 90 points. Well made and for $12 this is a steal worthy of 5 stars. Drink till 2027 with some sirloins, perhaps venison and definitely roasted veggies. Salut….
Tonight I’m cooking outside the box, chicken livers in peri-peri sauce and some in a Port wine reduction. I’m grilling a pork loin as a backup. So, I needed something white that will take the heat of the spicy sauce, Riesling is the obvious choice.
It’s a light shade of yellow in the glass, the nose is very fresh with citrus, melon, apple peel. On the palate it’s quite sweet, round and full bodied. It’s not as focused and acidic as I was hoping for, it’s more of a salmon or pate on toast kinda wine. It will work I think, but the style is wrong for the pairing.
The palate offers up yellow pear, banana, melon and a touch of candied apple. Not a lemon or lime in sight. The midpalate is really rich, expanding into those flavors whilst the finish is short and sweet- literally. I’m enjoying this wine all by itself, really tasty and easy to drink. I’m going 89 points and 4 stars for this $12 bottle. Salut….
Very light yellow in the glass. The nose is lemony, bright and green apple. The palate is not as I expected- it’s got some citrus, but not overly tart. I get pineapple instead of the expected apple and lemon. There’s a hint of green melon and gooseberry. The midpalate has a waxy mouthfeel that makes the chilled wine seem warm. The finish is rather short but flavorful. That gooseberry note picks up and the acidity kicks in a touch. This is a really tasty Pinot Gris that has a bit of weight to it. I’m digging it. 88 points and 4 stars for this $12 effort. Drink with chilled shrimp or some fresh shucked oysters. Salut….
Pretty purple color with long legs showing. On the nose it is enticing with blackberry, cola, toasty oak and black cherry. The palate echoes those dark notes alongside juicy acidity and tight grained tannins. There’s an inky component on the mid palate and those tannins just keep on going. The finish has some licorice alongside black cherry and that oak note. It’s a very pleasurable wine with nice, young mouthfeel that will entertain a hearty meal, steaks, pasta or some rich cheese. I really like it and for $12, would stock some for a dark stormy night to sip on by the fire. Drink till 2026. 90 points and 5 stars. Salut….
This rose’ is quite dark, almost orange in the glass. On the nose I get Lychee, rose water and strawberry. The palate is crisp, with red berries, strawberry and honey. There is a vibrant acidity which is in check that gives the wine a freshness. The honey component carries through the mid palate where I get more red berries. The finish is decent with a lingering tartness alongside that strawberry component. Overall a very charming and easy drinking summer rose’ that begs for burgers, some salami and olives or just by itself poolside. 88 points and 3 stars for this $12 Grenache from France. Drink till 2020. Salut….
It’s summer, which means Rose’. I have recently started to enjoy and understand a bit more about this style of wine so when I saw one made from Cabernet Sauvignon- I had to try. It is a much deeper shade of reddish pink than most Rose’ wines, probably a longer maceration with the skins to give it the color. On the nose it is quite fresh with strawberry, citrus, almond and pear coming through. On the palate this chilled wine is delicious. Lemon, blood orange and strawberry are my initial tastes. It has a touch of acidity that refreshes the palate beautifully. The reddish fruit (Strawberry and blood orange) carry through the mid palate. The transition to the finish is seamless with the addition of some pear and more lemon zest. It leaves the gums pleasantly tingling with some acidity and that lingering blood orange tinge. A really yummy summer quaffer that will refresh while preparing dinner or go great with Salmon, salad or grilled garlic chicken. Drink till 2022. 89 points and 5 stars for this $12 effort. PS. I’m a fan of Mulderbosch wines and this one did not disappoint. Salut….
Semi opaque yet intriguingly purple in the glass. On the nose I’m getting sour cherry kirsch, strawberries and rooibos tea. On the palate it is light, tart and tasty- just what I was expecting. The opening notes are much the same…. cherry juice, strawberry coulis and rhubarb. There are some gripping tannins that hit the mid palate and that sour cherry must be the source of the bracing acidity. These factors, combined with the young fruit are going to bode well for a patient lover of Sangiovese. It will evolve nicely I think. 91 points and 5 stars for this $12 wine. Drink till 2028. Salut….