This Rosé started our third virtual wine tasting with friends. I had everyone reserve half the bottle in another container at room temperature and the remainder in the fridge to be served chilled. It was a gorgeous evening and all parties were on their respective patios with cheese and crackers at the ready. We started off with the chilled version which I found to have a nice pinkish hue, good nose of strawberry, rhubarb and a touch of citrus. The palate was very refreshing, lithe with some nice acidity exhibiting strawberry and red berry notes. The room temperature version had a much fuller nose but was very flabby on the palate. I enjoyed the chilled one more and would forgo some of the nose in return for that crisper body and more succinct flavor profile. It’s an interesting experiment to try with whites and Rosès. Overall I thought it was a nice drop which gets 87 points from me. For $13 it’s a nice summer wine to have on hand, 3 stars. Drink now. Salut….
Number 2 from SplashWines is this non-vintage blend that rings the bells at 13.5%. Semi opaque with a reddish tint in the glass. The nose is intriguing- strawberries, by the bucketful. Red currants and sweet pomegranate to boot. Oh…. and Apricots. Yup- Apricots. The palate is very unique, a touch sweet but very red fruit forward. It’s a very interesting flavor profile. The mid palate is very easy going, red Twizzlers and a touch of cherry cola. The acidity is very gentle which makes up for the lack of much tannin. The finish is more cherry and rhubarb with that crispy acidity adding zest. It’s decent in length and tasty. I must say I was a bit biased when I unscrewed this bottle, but I reckon it’s very easy going, fun to drink and will appeal to the novice as well as anyone coming over for a barbecue. This is a $13 party wine and it gets 86 points from me. 3 stars. Drink now. Salut….
Red wine with fish is a tough one but since I am grilling it, I feel there might be something to work with. This Barbera is from California and has a nice shade of purple in the glass. The nose is very cherry like, with some blue fruits lingering as well. I also get a leafy component, like parsley. Intriguing. On the palate it is somewhat sweet with ripe cherry, cola and cedar. It is juicy but not overly acidic, nor is it very tannic. The mid palate has a nice warm feeling to the red fruit compote. There is a definitive cedar note that runs the length of the wine. It is very fruity and certainly tasty. The finish is medium length and concentrates on those sweet cherries alongside some blackberry jam. Lip smacking stuff. Easy to drink and very approachable for the next 5 years. I hope the pairing works for me! 89 points and 5 stars for this $13 steal. Salut….
It’s got a beautiful shade of purple in the glass and I can almost see through. The nose is lush and rich with blackberry jam, fig paste, blueberries. On the palate it is very dark fruit heavy. Black berries, currants and chocolate. There’s a gripping set of tannins that get to work on my gums immediately. This is to be expected with this varietal, also known as Durif. On the mid palate there is more plum than blackberry, but it’s still black fruit dominant. There’s a juiciness to this wine that begs for hearty steaks. The finish reverts back to blackberry jam and some charcoal. It is shockingly dry and delicious. I am really enjoying this wine and it will pair beautifully with the grilled Skirt and Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus I am cooking. If you like a dry wine, or want to cellar something long term, this is it. 92 points, and 5 stars for this $13 steal Drink till 2030. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass. The nose is very citrusy- lemon peel, tangerine and …green almond?. The palate is somewhat sweeter than expected, with that citrus component meeting up with green apples and melon. The mid palate is really interesting to me, tamarind comes to mind as I taste sweet and sour at the same time. There is a juicy acidity that keeps this wine from becoming cloying. The green apple takes over on the finish and it is a tart affair. Refreshing to say the least. This wine has played tricks on me, starting out as an overly sweet, flabby beast to this razor sharp finish that leaves me wanting more. I couldn’t have picked a better pairing to the Pork belly burnt ends that I have been cooking all day. 90 points and 5 stars for this amazing deal- $13. Drink now. Salut….
It’s a very pale shade of gold. On the nose I get quince, green apple and cardamom seed. The palate is quite a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but it has some nice acidity to bring me back down. The flavors are more apples, a citrus note and that spice. The mid palate softens up a little and the sweetness subsides. It’s more of a yellow apple meets baking spices. The finish is where this wine shines- long, slightly tart and filled with more fruit. The mouthfeel on the finish is very round and lush. This is a very tasty wine that will pair well with seafood and tapas. Drink till 2023. 90 points and 5 stars for this $13 steal. Buy it by the case! Salut….
Rich purple. Opaque. The nose offers up blackberries, violets, spice box. On the palate it’s primal- black fruit, cedar shake, very nice, gentle tannins with a touch of acidity. The midpalate turns into a more fruity wine with a tannic thrust. The fruits tend toward blackberry, black cherry and a slathering of breakfast tea. The finish is driven by the Petite Sirah- dark, brooding and enveloped in mouth puckering tannins. 89 points and 4 stars for this $13 steal. Salut….
See through and light purple in color. On the nose I get funky cherry, burnt firewood and snuffed matchsticks. Yup- probably the most bizarre set of notes I have smelled in a long time. The palate is quite refreshing with a burst of acidity, fresh flowers and cherries. I don’t know where that burnt match or firewood was going, the palate is very tasty. The midpalate is much the same with nice acidity and a trace of delightful tannins. The finish is a sunset of cherries, rhubarb and some bright acidity. Tasty, young and fresh. Drink now with chicken parm or Osso Bucco. 88 points and 3 stars for this $13 Sangiovese. Salut….
Nice shades of purple with medium opacity. Zins tend to have higher alcohol and this one shows off its 15.5% very nicely on the legs. The nose is interesting- honey, blackberry preserves, cinnamon stick and black oak. On the palate it is very approachable right off the bat with blackberries, tea leaf and an intro to the very fine grained tannins. On the midpalate there is a stringy astringency that is putting me out of whack. The fruit subsided very quickly to make way for some bitter tannins unfortunately. Greeness prevails from that point to the finish. I’m trying to coax more of that delightful, jammy goodness but I’m being overpowered. This wine might need some cellaring but the green tannins will always be green unfortunately. 86 points from me and 3 stars for this $13 wine. Drink now. Salut….
A blend of 36% Petit Verdot, 28% Syrah, 20% Cab Sav and 16% Boral (Never heard of her)- got me excited to try this Spanish red that is a medium opacity purple in the glass. On the nose it is reminds me of wild fruit, damson, red licorice and bramble. There is a dustiness that is typical for Rioja’s but I have no experience with this appellation- Ribera del Jucar. The initial palate is really nice with purple fruits galore. Plum reduction, black cherry and really crispy tannins. The structure is very solid with fine acidity balancing the tannic bite. The mid palate has iodine and more black cherry with a touch of charcoal. The finish is long and dry, the tannins starting to get hold of the gums. It’s a nice feeling that I am enjoying for a good 30-45 seconds. I like the combination of the blend, the Petit Verdot giving a nice backbone and some floral hints throughout. Well made and drinkable till 2028 with some pasta, perhaps Strip Steak or even Osso Bucco. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $13 gem. Salut….