I really look forward to Portuguese wines. I normally find them to be full of flavor, with good structure and interesting profiles. This one was on sale for $14 and relied heavily on past vintage points awarded. It starts off very promising with a rich deep purple in the glass. Nose of bramble, blackberry and earth. The palate is initially a little light for me. Black cherry, more blackberry but that’s about it. The mid palate is one dimensional, offering a dusty blackberry note and not much else. The finish is slightly dry with some tannins finally appearing. This wine is too thin for me, not extracted enough and lacks any long term cellaring. I don’t think it is a repeat purchase. 83 points and 1 star from me. Salut….
Nearly see-through medium shade of purple. A somewhat subdued nose of black currants and earth. The initial taste is of more black fruits, including black cherries and some currants. The wine is not as full bodied as I thought it would be but it has a certain elegance that I am enjoying. The mid palate has plum tart and a toasty oak hint. The wine shows a decent amount of acidity and the tannins are very fine grained and well integrated. The finish shows a touch oak and some raisins. I would pair this wine with grilled pork chops, eggplant parmesan or some cheese, ham, and olives. 89 points from me but the label says it got 95 Decanter points, I’m not seeing that. I paid $14, which make it a 3 star wine. Salut….
I am a big fan of Trivento, as can be seen in my write-ups. The Amado Sur is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah.
Dark purple in the glass. A nose of black currants, oregano, chocolate powder. On the palate- currant, cinnamon stick and crunchy tannins. On the mid palate there are some plum notes as well the currants. The tannins are really apparent in the finish, and give off a dry mouthfeel. This wine is balanced and tasty, but perhaps young. It will reward some cellaring but offers good flavors and structure right now to pair with prime rib, eggplant moussaka or even roast duck with orange sauce- or some cheese and chorizo like I did. I like it and am going 90 points. For $14, this is a really good deal. 4 stars. Salut….
My buddy brought this over for dinner recently and we popped it right away with some appetizers of Goat Brie, Olives, Gruyere and charcuterie. It drank very well and was a nice intro to a big night. I did not get very detailed in the notes as I was busy entertaining and cooking, needless to say, I would buy this again as an everyday go-to Malbec.
Dark purple. Pepper, plum and capsicum on the nose. Good acidity that frames the dark fruits with some very gentle tannins. Easy going mid-palate that takes you through to the blackberry filled finish. 88 points and at $14 it gets 3 stars from me. Salut….
A wine with great pedigree from Colchagua in Chile yet it failed to impress me. It was on special, 3 for $28, regularly priced at $14. Plum and oak on the nose from a very dark purple glass made for a promising drop. Unfortunately it was tart and thin on the opening leaving me puzzled. I did manage to get some plums and eucalyptus on the palate along with some very basic tannins. Black berries finally showed up on the mid palate with a certain sourness that was a little too unbalanced for me. I initially gave this wine 86 points, but after opening the other two bottles I think I may have had some bottle variation. Final verdict- 87 points and 2 stars overall. I plan on re-tasting this one. Salut….
Seems like 2011 was the favored vintage this past week. This wine was the last of them and unfortunately came after the Indian Wells Merlot that banged out 91 points. Nevertheless it was a respectable showing that garnered 89 points from me. It started off with noticeable heat and plums on the nose that translated onto the initial palate with a juiciness of blueberries and plum jam. Slightly unbalanced it took some time to come around, which it did nicely. The telltale signs of Barossa and the style of Shiraz they make was evident in this wine. I paid $14 for it and reckon it’s a 3 star effort. It could use some decanting or perhaps a year or two to mellow out some. Salut….
By far the most widely searched wine on my blog has been the La Croix-Barton 2008. I did not particularly care for it, but apparently many people googled it and ended up reading my 2 cents worth. When I saw the ’09 I did not hesitate. Priced at around $14 it provides gratification with oak and mulberry on the nose to get things started. Tart cherry and plums greet the palate but they are slightly thin right now. Juicy acidity and young tannins make this an interesting wine to drink now yet I feel it could do with another 2 years in a cellar. This wine is vibrant and lively but should settle down and gain some weight in short order. It is interesting to taste wines from the same winery but from an average year versus a far superior one to see the nuances. This particular example highlights just how much variation you can get between vintages. I’m going with 88 points and 3 stars for this Merlot/Cab Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux. Salut….
From the Cotes de Castillon appellation on the eastern part of Bordeaux comes this blend. 2007 was not a fantastic year for the region, nor was it terrible, hence my willingness to part with $14 to help expand my palate. Unfortunately this wine was not showing well and is past its prime. I knew it as soon as I poured the first glass. Slightly orange on the edges, a sure sign that maturity is at hand. Ripe blueberry nose with orange peel tried to welcome me as did the black fruits and brush notes on the palate. Drying tannins emerged and the wine had a decent finish. It’s a shame because I reckon this would have been a really decent drop for the price, perhaps 88 points in its youth. Salut….
I have never seen this label before and was intrigued. From Langhorne Creek this was the ‘original Yellow Label’ wine from Wolf(gang) Blass. A retro offering showcasing the winery’s heritage I guess. Nowadays, the blends from them are bottled in the Red Label series, the yellow being used for single varietals. Nonethless, it was an interesting amalgamation of three varietals.
When I poured the wine, it was nearly blackish purple, appropriate for the grapes used. It had a nose of candied plums and strawberry twizzlers. My first impression was ‘tinny’. A metallic note hit me the wrong way and I was initially put off by it. I got black currants and plum torte after that and as the wine mellowed out, the tinny component gave way to a minerality that was quite pleasing. Good acidity and moderate tannins made this an easy to drink aperitif. I would give it a maximum of 4 years in the cellar and pair it with pasta and red sauce, perhaps BBQ ribs or a big juicy burger. I’m giving 87 points and 3 stars for this interesting $14 effort. Salut….