Very light shade of yellow/orange in the glass. The nose offers spiced lemon zest, some green apples and honeysuckle. The palate is crisp, with gobs of the green apple, some citrus and a modicum of acidity. The mid palate softens and has a glycerin-like mouthfeel. The green fruits are alive and well. The tail end gives me a note of hazelnut- intriguing. It’s rather a short finish but it is well balanced. This wine will drink nicely till 2023 and I would pair it with salad Niçoise, herbed chicken breast or even a stir fry. 89 points and 4 stars for this $14 quaffer. Salut….
Semi opaque in the glass. The nose is straight up Napa sunshine. Black currants galore, like Ribena. Licorice and cola are present to a degree. On the palate it’s as expected- rich, warm blackcurrants, lithe tannins, juicy acidity and some star anise. The iodine comes back alongside Maduro with blackberry jam on the midpalate. The structure of this wine is decent, the tannins are of medium intensity and the acidity is in check. The finish ends on a dry note of black tea, blackberry and more iodine. Quite tasty and worthy of 90 points. Drink till 2027 with charcuterie or a marbled steak. $14 and 5 stars. Salut….
I did not make notes on the first night, palate fatigue…On night two- it’s a rich purple and opaque. On the nose it’s very earthy with notes of tobacco, iodine and blackberry. On the palate it is very interesting- the uniqueness of the secondary flavors piques my interest. Black cherries come out along with very concise tannins. There’s a touch of astringency on the midpalate that I’m willing to overlook- the wine is multilayered enough for me to concentrate on the other facets. It’s interesting, of decent quality and intriguing. The finish leaves me with a desire for another mouthful. 89 points 5 stars for this $14 Merlot/Cab/Franc blend. Drink till 2026. Salut….
I drank an Inniskillin Pinot last summer that blew my socks off. I wanted to find it again on a recent trip to Montreal. This was the best the shop had. See through, medium purple. Strawberry ganache and cherry on the nose. The palate- I get sour cherry, charcoal and earthiness. The mid palate is focused, cherry and rhubarb. On the finish it’s rather short but tannins emerge to round it out. 89 points and a little underwhelming considering the hype I built over the other bottle. $14 makes it a 3 star effort to drink till 2026. Salut….
PS. Stock photo as I forgot to take one
Very golden in the glass, beautiful and rich. On the nose I get peach stone, yellow apple, melon. On the palate it’s quite different- I still get peach stone, but the focus is more pineapple, honeydew, lanolin. The mouthfeel is quite full, a nice level of acidity and some glycerin. The mid palate shows off stone fruit and a touch of sour apple. The finish is medium length and continues the theme nicely. This is a good blend of Roussane, Viognier and Marsanne that I would serve with caeser salad, smoked salmon or grilled chicken. 89 points, $14 and 4 stars. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass, but interesting to look at. The nose has lemon zest, walnuts, . The palate is fresh, not cutting. I get a citrus component and pineapple. It’s very tasty and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is light and bright, not much acidity and no cloying oak. It’s a wine made for easy foods, appetizers or a poolside quaff. 88 points but a real treat at $14. 3 stars. Salut..
Black. Opaque. Thick. On the nose it’s very lush- burnt damson, plum extract and raisin compote. The palate is thick, rich and exactly what I wanted/expected. It’s delicious. Midpalate -wise it gets tannic, more dark fruits and some great mouthfeel. This is truly a delicious dessert wine. Rich, full-on and multi-dimensional, it ticks many boxes. The finish is a grainy, tannic event that features some nice purple fruits with walnut notes and some raisin jam. Delicious. 90 points and for $14, its a 5 star drinker. Salut….
A lighter shade of purple and semi opaque in the glass with thick legs showing. The nose is a bit off-putting. I fear it may be corked as I’m getting stewed plums meet bacon fat. The palate does not confirm any fault- maybe the nose needs to waft a bit. On the initial I get raspberry and toffee. It’s strange but intriguing. There’s a warmth to it that I like. Cinnamon and cloves mingle with those red berries on the mid palate and some fine grained tannins appear. The finish is a little thin but offers more red fruits and some fruit cake. There’s a lot of spices involved here, they seem to clash a bit with the primal fruits. Acidity is decent and the finish is of medium length. I kinda like this wine even though it’s atypical and heavily into the spice. I don’t know offhand what to pair it with but drink till 2023. 88 points and for $14 it’s a 3 star wine. Salut….
It’s a pretty shade of purple in the glass with a 98 point sticker on the bottle….. hmmm. The nose is thin but offers up strawberry coulis and cherry juice. On the palate it has much more presence. A rich mouthful of dark cherry, strawberry extract and cola hit me square on. Tannins introduce themselves right away and are not holding back. This is a hefty wine, with structure to boot. The mid palate has more of that extracted cherry that is almost overwhelmed by the tannic grip. Wow, this wine is built. The finish is very astringent yet tasty. Red fruits swirl alongside black tea and jaw drying tannins. It’s certainly an interesting wine that I am really enjoying, yet wondering what the cellaring potential is as there is very little acidity. The tannins and fruit are certainly present, I am just a little concerned about the long term structure. Let’s see in a few years. For now, enjoy this Merlot/Sangiovese blend with pasta, steaks or moussaka. It gets a realistic 91 points from me and 5 stars for the $14 price I paid. Drink till 2027 at the least. Salut….
Medium shade of gold in the glass. The nose has definitely got butter. Marzipan, banana and lemon peel also feature. On the palate it is very round, tasty and full bodied. That marzipan comes back at me with lemon, beeswax and oak staves. The mid palate shows some citrus and floral components that move on to the finish. I get almost a tannic bite right at the end- interesting. Very easy to drink without a huge dose of acidity. It’s a nice aperitif and will pair well with my grilled hens and bacon draped Brussel sprouts. 89 points and 5 stars if you like this style of oaky Chard that sells for $14. Drink now. Salut….$14