The Mencia grape, grown in Spain primarily, yields fresh early drinking wines. They say it is a fragrant varietal that mimics Cabernet Franc, which I love. This particular wine is indeed aromatic, but not in a very fruity way, it kinda stinks to be honest. I cannot pinpoint the aroma, but it smells like wet socks. I fear for the worst- TCA, which is a cork taint. It is harmless, theoretically. The wine itself is decent, showing off red fruits including raspberry, red currants and some slate. The wine is steely, as in no oak. It has a nice minerality and shows the red fruit streak throughout. It is easy drinking and not built for the long haul. What it lacks in tannic structure, it makes up for freshness. The acidity is but a hint. This wine will pair nicely with pizza, grilled lamb chops with mint sauce, or even Chorizo. I am going 88 points on this corked wine and hope you all get a better example. For $13, it is a potential steal but for now, 3 stars. Salut….
This wine was a perennial favorite many years ago. I gravitated to reds and rarely bought it, until I saw it on sale the other day. I’m making Sizzling Hoisin Shrimp tonight so I figured a Sauvignon Blanc would do the trick.
This wine is faint gold in color, not quite yellow, nor deep. The nose is bright, charming and packed with citrus notes. Grapefruit being the major player here. The initial taste is very refreshing, quince and citrus battling it out for dominance. The wine has a nice balance, not overly acidic yet a touch dry and offering a hint of bitterness. I get Almond seed on the mid palate which is probably how I sense the bitterness, it is unique. The finish is all lemon and persimmon. I am glad I bumped into this bottle, it really is tasty while remaining relatively modest in price. It refreshes and will go well with my dinner but I am thinking it may take on some spicy foods as well if you are in a pinch. 89 points and 4 stars for this $13 wine. Salut….
A very opaque and delicate looking Pinot Noir from Chile. The nose is a combination of Old and New World. I get cherry, strawberry and funk. Mushrooms and game also take a turn on my senses. On the palate, I get a fresh cherry attack with some cola and a touch of the gaminess I sensed earlier. The mid palate exposes a very lively acidity that keeps me on my toes. The flavors are decidedly New World from here on in. Strawberry and cherry on the mid translate to a nice red berry finish with just a touch of tannic dryness. The acidity is the dominant force but is not overwhelming. A nice wine with good mouthfeel and balance in my opinion. Serve with roasted chicken in garlic marinade or perhaps Filet Mignon with Bearnaise and roasted asparagus. 89+ points, and for $13 it’s a steal worthy of 5 stars. Salut….
Very bright purple in the glass. The nose has blackcurrants, oak and cherry reduction. Intriguing. On the palate I get a very delicious attack of black fruits- berry, plum, cherry. The tannic structure is good, bracing yet not too dry. The mouthfeel is really refreshing with some sharp acidity. The mid palate has yet more of the dark fruits plus a mocha component. The winemaker has skillfully managed to hide the 14.5% alcohol and slides some deft tannins in that really grip on the back end. The finish is very dry, with black cherry and cassis. The oak that I got on the nose has seemed to disappear up till the very end. This is a very easy drinking wine that is ready to go right now and will last for another 3-4years. I would pair it with lamb chops, roasted veg and perhaps Beef Ribs slow cooked in a wine reduction. I’m going 90 points and 5 stars for this $13 wine. Buy it by the case. (One critic went 94 points, but then again he always rates high.) Salut….
Very pale greenish yellow in the glass. The nose is delicious- passion fruit and mango. The initial palate reveals a cleat slate on which I get citrus, mainly grapefruit, with some pear. The passion fruit comes around again on the mid palate which is absolutely intriguing me. It brings along some nice acidity and freshness. The tartness begins halfway through and builds into the finish, where it leaves me with a nice fresh mouthfeel and some lingering tartness on the gums. This wine is really interesting, from a flavor profile to the way it morphs on the palate. I pulled it from the fridge as Moxie is making Stir Fried Shrimp and something else, I figured a Sauvignon Blanc would pair well. I was right. This wine gets 90 points from me and for the $13 I paid, a sure thing 5 star effort. Drink now and for the next two years. Salut….
As I was pouring this wine I couldn’t help but notice the rich purple color, mesmerizing. On the nose I get gorgeous plum meets an oak shaving. This wine smells amazing. There is an intensity to the aroma that is really pure and focused. This pureness continues on to the initial taste. This is a great wine folks. It tastes amazing, has very fine grained tannins, is balanced and has got me grabbing for more. Plums continue to the mid palate and are joined with coffee beans, Ribena and a crescendo of tannins. They really hit on the back end with a really nice dryness that hits my gums in the right way. The wine finishes with cassis, espresso and a swath of tannins, delicious. An extremely well crafted wine that gets 92 plus points from me. I am a huge fan of Charles Smith, his winemaking is always on pointe. In fact, I search out his wines-looking for absolute gems like this one. I paid $13, and rate this as one of my all-time best buys. 5 Stars for sure and I am buying a case. Drink it alone or pretty much with everything from now till 2022. A steal, literally. Salut….
Deep purple yet see-through. Nice nose of plums, eucalyptus and blackberry. On the palate I’m getting really nice black berry, super smooth tannins and a hint of black Cherry liquor. The mid palate boasts more berries and a roundness that gives this wine a really nice mouthfeel. The finish is smooth, with a nice drying feeling that coats the gums. 90 points form me although the pro’s were down at the 86 level with this one. I disagree. For $13, this is a 4 star wine that I will be buying again. I would pair it with Roast Chicken, perhaps meatloaf and definitely with some charcuterie out on the patio now that the weather has turned. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass. A nose of black cherry, black currants and plum. A spice is there too, but I can’t pinpoint it. On the palate, very juicy with plum jam, blackberry tort and cassis. This is a very smooth wine that shows great fruit expression, silky tannins and a mild dose of acidity. The mid palate has dark plums and the tannins start to dry the gums. On the finish, another dose of plum and the final lashing of tannins with a taste of oak. 91 points is what I came up with but others only went 88. For $13, you cannot go wrong with this 5 star wine. Salut….
Lovely nose of strawberry, some green pepper and iodine. On the palate- sour cherry, vanilla cake and red twizzler. The mid palate piles on some strawberry and more creamy vanilla. The finish is a touch acidic, fresh and of decent length. I like this New Zealand wine and think it is worthy of 88 points. For $13, it’s a pretty good deal and gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
This is an interesting wine, made by Adler Fels winery and sold with a cause in mind. Some of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. It is a blend of Viognier, Moscato, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Very rustic in the glass, it is a very dark gold in color. An interesting nose of green guava, melon and pear. On the palate, grapefruit, melon and more pear. This wine is not overly acidic and the mouthfeel is quite warm, medium bodied. It drinks nicely and will go well with the pan roasted Cod I am preparing. It runs $13 and gets 87 points from me making it a 3 star wine. Salut….