Pale ruby with a touch of effervescence on the rim. The nose offers up medium intensity aromas of strawberry, cherry, cranberry, singed alder, cinnamon, pomegranate syrup and a tart red apple. The palate has juicy acidity that is medium along with very lithe tannins. Medium bodied- I get the same red fruit driven flavors with a kiss of oak. The wine finishes medium length with a touch of tartness. I like this $15 wine, it’s moderately complex with primal fruit and for the price it gets 5 stars. 90 points, drink till 2025. Salut…..
This is the entry level cuveé from this excellent winemaker. A Cabernet Sauvignon blend which includes Carménère, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Medium ruby colored it also has a bluish edge. At 14.2% ABV it shows off very thin, slow moving legs. On the nose I get ripe blackberry, plum, white and green pepper, baking spices, vanilla and violets. The palate has medium (-) acidity (remember the blue hue?), medium tannins that are very smooth and a medium body. The flavors are very rich- ripe blackberry and black plum dominate but I get the oak nuance of baking spice and vanilla. The varietal influence from the Carménère and Franc show off some green pepper whilst the Syrah is offering up some white pepper. The finish is medium length and delightful. For $15 this 91 point wine is a must-have to drink till 2026 with grilled meats or hearty pasta dishes. 5 stars from me, time to stock up. Salut….
Marked as unfiltered with no indication of aging (ie. Reserva, Crianza etc), this Joven level wine is 6 years old and showing dep ruby in the glass with pretty slow moving legs (14% ABV). The nose is a bit tart smelling with nice red fruit aromas of raspberry, red plum, hints of vanilla, purple licorice and perhaps some menthol. Surprisingly, no tertiary aromas yet. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins. The acid is making my jaw ache. It is medium bodied with flavors of sour cherry, black raspberry, plum, feint vanilla and a bit of menthol. The finish is medium in length and tart. The tannins fade pretty fast on this one, leaving it a bit unbalanced by the acidity and thinning fruit. It runs $15 nowadays and gets 90 points from me with a drink by 2024 window. 4 stars for this Tempranillo that I am pairing with grilled Chicken and plantains. Salut….’
Pale lemon-lime colored with a watery sheen on the wall (11.5% ABV). The nose is of medium intensity with aromas of green pear, lemon/lime, white blossom, brioche and firm pineapple. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and a medium (-) body. Tart fruit with lemon and lime kick off the show with pear and flower petals rounding it out. I’m a little surprised that this wine is so crisp and lightweight considering it was aged Sur-lie. I don’t get any autolytic flavors, just the initial aroma of brioche from this Melon De Bourgogne varietal. Must be from a cool vintage that struggled to ripen, hence the lower alcohol and sharp acidity. Overall a tasty drop to pair with pan roasted Pork cutlets and potato puree. 88 points. For $15 it’s a 3 star effort in my books to drink till 2025. Salut….
This Grenache/Syrah blend is deep ruby colored with thick, slow moving legs (14.5% ABV). The nose has nice aromas of red plum, black raspberry, red licorice, herbs, candied cherry and rose. It’s quite complex once you swirl it around. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium tannins- the grip I got initially quickly faded. Flavors of plum, black raspberry, charred oak, some red licorice and earthy florals/herbs. It is medium (+) bodied with a medium finish of dark red fruit plus a healthy dose of heat. Made from very ripe fruit, it is flavorful but at a price- the alcohol is quite noticeable on the back end. We are pairing this bold wine with spiced burgers and potato wedges. It would also go well with hearty BBQ, maybe smoked brisket with a rich sauce. 89 points from me for this $15 effort makes it a 4 star wine to drink till 2026. Salut….
This wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet which is a Teinturier grape (flesh is also red). It’s a deep shade of purple in the glass and it stains the walls. On the nose- ripe red plums, black cherry, menthol, vanilla and almond pith. The palate is dry with medium acidity and high tannins (remember the stained walls of the glass?). The flavors are rich and ripe- dark red fruit, charcoal, vanilla, menthol and an espresso strength coffee note right at the end. Full bodied, it finishes with medium length along with some very tannic grip. It is a rather complex wine for $15 that gets 91 points from me and 5 stars. If you like ’em dry, pop-n-pour or else cellar this wine for a few years but drink up by 2030. I am pairing with grilled meat and roasted cauliflower rubbed with Chorizo seasoning. Salut….
I went looking for Port and this bottle popped onto my radar. A sweet red Greek wine that has a pale garnet hue. The nose is interesting, unlike any other wine I have smelled. Baking spices with stewed black cherry and baked plum. There’s also a cola component that is throwing me off! The palate is obviously not dry- I would say off-dry but not cloying. The first thing I notice is the heat (15%ABV). Next up I get medium (-) acidity and low tannins. Flavorwise- loads of stewed/baked/cooked dark fruit with spice and cherry cola. A medium to full body on this delight leads me to a medium length finish that also shows off the alcohol. I like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel and the structure. I just think the alcohol is presenting itself too much. This wine reminds me of a lightweight Tawny Port. I might use some to bolster a stock I am making for Sunday roast, burning off the alcohol to reveal the fruit and spice better. I might also pour some with my cheese course. This is my first try of this style so I will not grade it- but you should try for yourself. At $15, it’s an easy buy. Salut….
Medium ruby colored in the glass with medium intensity aromas of cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, dill and sea air. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium tannins. I get tart flavors of red fruit with some zippiness alongside some green dill notes and the saline component. This wine is medium bodied and carries through to a dry, medium length finish. It’s crisp and refreshing and I like it. 90 points from me for this $15 bottle makes it a 5 star effort. Pasta, kebabs, kofta or cheesy casseroles would pair nicely. Drink till 2026. Salut….
Medium lemon colored, it takes on a touch of gold in the glass. On the nose- aromas of lemon curd, grapefruit, yellow pear, blossom, brioche and almond. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and a medium (+) body. This Melon de Bourgogne varietal shows a fullness that is a result of the Sur Lie aging that I am enjoying. In addition to the citrus, pear and floral notes I also get flavors of baking spice and yeast. At 12% ABV, it is a nice aperitif to serve with olives and charcuterie. The acidity would also lend itself to soft cheese and seafood for sure. It has a medium length finish emphasizing the baking spice, brioche and cream notes. I like this $15 wine that gets 89 points and 5 stars from me. Drink soon. Salut….
Bright lemon colored this is the third vintage of Lamothe that I have tasted. A blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc with 13% Semillon it has intense aromas of cut grass, gooseberry, flint, bell pepper, lemon zest, stone fruit and underripe strawberry. The palate is dry, crisp and tart with medium (+) acidity. Texturally speaking there is an oily component that gives this wine a medium (+) body. The citrus takes center stage on the palate with the stone fruit backing it up. The telltale cut grass and gooseberry are not as pronounced. The finish is medium in length, perhaps the aromatics of this varietal linger longer. Delicious and refreshing to say the least. I’m impressed by this $15 wine that gets 90 points and 5 stars. Drink with lighter fare including chicken and seafood. It begs for oysters and clams on the half shell. Salut….