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….
Beautiful dark, nearly black in the glass. The nose gives off blackcurrants, loads of them, and with a good swirl I also get eucalyptus as well as pine needle. On the palate it is slightly sweet with those blackcurrants really out front. Very gentle tannins are evident from the onset, but they quickly disappear. There is a hint of oak, barely perceptible that adds to this somewhat one-dimensional wine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very tasty and easy to drink. It transitions to the finish on the same notes I got initially, without much acidity, which troubles me. This is a nice everyday, easygoing quaffer that you could pop-n-pour every night of the week. Party wine for sure. At $13 it’s not a steep price to pay for this 87 point wine that gets 3 stars from me. Drink now with most light fair. Salut….
Very bright purple in the glass. The nose is very lively, with blackberry and plum notes alongside vanilla. On the palate it is delicious- rich, with caramel, oak and black fruits galore. Very lithe tannins and a touch of acidity make for a very easy drinking red with nice mouthfeel. The mid palate turns a touch astringent, with lapsang souchong tea, blackberry and oak. The finish is mid length with more dark fruit and black tea. A nice drop that will do well with many dishes but is delicious all by itself. 90 Points and 5 starts for this $13 effort. Drink till 2021. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass. Black cherry and sassafras come to mind on the nose. The palate is very tasty, brimming with Black cherry, cola, and dark chocolate. Very fine grained tannins introduce themselves right off the bat and help to coat the gums very gently all the way through the mid palate and onto the finish. Speaking of the mid-palate, there’s more cola than fruit here along with some licorice. It’s quite nice! The finish is medium length and continues the theme. A very satisfying wine that I am enjoying with pasta and meatballs. 90 points, drink till 2025 with anything Italian! For the $13 price tag, you need some of this 5 star wine. Salut….
Pretty purple color with a nose of raspberry, mint, violets. The palate is fresh, with bright plum and red berry flavors, hazelnut, juicy tannins and a crisp acidity. The ph of this wine is substantial yet balanced with the well integrated tannins. More mint notes come through on the finish along with some oak and raspberry. The wine leaves my mouth very dry, I kinda like it! Pairing it with super thick Strip steaks, Chorizo, roasted Brussel Sprouts and chargrilled baby onions. 89 points and 4 stars for this $13 wine- drink till 2020. Salut….
I bought Moxie a few bottles of Pinot Gris at Christmas, she was making white Sangria. As usual, I overbought. This one broke the bank at $13. It has a peachy yellow color to it and a nose of lemon peel, pineapple and ginger. On the palate it is very approachable. Refreshing citrus, not overly acidic with hints of beeswax and more of that ginger, but like ginger-ale, not the sliced and raw version. The wine slides nicely without being tart or bitter. It offers a nice mid palate waxiness and the finish is medium in length and packed with pineapple curd. I am really enjoying this wine after being in the car all day. Serving it up with some fish filets, smoky bacon Quinoa and buttered Brussel Sprouts. It firing on all cylinders. 90 points and 5 stars, buy it by the dozen for the summer. Drink now till 2020. Salut….
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….