Semi opaque and a light shade of purple in the glass. The nose gives me rich plum, black cherry and fruit cake. On the palate it starts out with a rush of tannins. The fruit comes later- black in nature and laced with mocha, oak and a touch of acidity. The mid palate is very much a fruit salad of blackberry, black cherry and damson plum, it’s very tasty. The tannins take over the long finish, masking the fruit with gum coating astringency- ‘hairy’ is a descriptor Moxie likes to use. I am going to run some of this through the Vinturi and try to soften the grip a touch. Much better if you don’t like the bite. Personally, I enjoy a tannic wine with the right food, this one would pair beautifully with Beef stew, leg of Lamb or Lasagna. Drink till 2026. 90 points and for $17 it gets 5 stars. Salut….
Dark purple and almost opaque in the glass with really long legs. The nose is very fruity with ripe plum jam, purple licorice and cinnamon. There’s a touch of charred oak and a hint of blueberry to boot. On the palate it tastes of candy and black fruit salad with iodine. Rich oak is well integrated as are the lithe tannins. The mid palate has a pronounced dryness along with blackberries and that medicinal note. The tannic grip hits on the long finish- it’s quite pronounced. That candy/grape bubble gum flavor is very present alongside the tannins. There’s a modicum of acidity that may balance this wine out once the tannins mellow a bit. For now it would pair nicely with a juicy steak. It gets 91 points with good cellaring potential. Drink till 2028. A blend of Monastrell, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cab Sav. that gets 5 stars cause you can pick it up for only $17. Salut….
At the 12th virtual wine tasting we drank this Viognier at room temp first and then chilled. As usual there is a marked difference in both smell and taste, but this time I preferred the chilled version- it seemed more focused on fewer key flavors, the warm version was all over the place. Here are some of the notes I recorded from the group.
Pale gold, straw or even Goldenrod in the glass. The nose has a sweetness to it with orange, honey, apricot, pear and floral notes. On the palate we got apricots, orange rind, bakers spices, ‘Icewine’ and a yeasty/bready flavor. The chilled version had melon, pineapple and that bread component on the nose. The palate was softer and smoother with tangerine, honeysuckle and gingerbread with good acidity. One of the tasters remarked that it tasted like good Riesling. Overall it scored decently and I would give it 90 points. Drink till 2022. For $17, it’s a nice intro to the varietal and gets 4 stars from me. Salut….
This Merlot is nearly opaque in the glass and shows a deep purple color, albeit slightly murky. On the nose I get cranberry, plum and spice box. On the palate it has an upfront astringency that catches me off-guard. Once past that the fruit flavors are very interesting- Pomegranate, blackberry and plum. There is a peppery note as well. The mid palate is quite tannic and the wine gets darker in the fruit flavor department. That spice box I got on the nose plays a bigger part as the wine progresses. The finish is a juicy affair with loads of acidity and tannins. Blackberry notes come through right at the end. I get the impression that this wine is a touch young and could use a few years in cellar. It feels a bit disjointed, with a bit of greeness showing through. I’m enjoying it now but recommend a drinking window of 2022-2026. It’s going with Alfredo tonight, a good pairing methinks. 89 points and 3 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….
Semi opaque with deep red color and thin legs in the glass. On the nose I get cherry, cinnamon, juniper and oak. The palate has got cherry juice, blood orange and fruit cake notes with some lovely tannins to give it a touch of dryness. There’s a hint of astringency on the mid palate that quickly fades into a juicy finish that gives me rhubarb and cherry flavors along with that touch of wood. A delicious, lighter style of Sangiovese that will drink well into 2025. I’m pairing it with Chicken Alfredo. 89 points and 4 stars for this $17 wine. Salut….
Bright purple, semi opaque in the glass. On the nose- blueberries, plum and sizzlers red licorice. On the palate it is rich and inviting with dark blue fruits, some charcoal notes and a touch of effervescence. It’s slightly off-putting but the flavors of the fruit are very vibrant. Medium tannins and a nice acidity greet me on the mid palate. The fruit turns a little darker as it moves to the back end. On the finish it shows off black licorice and that dark blue fruit melange. The tannins keep a grip for a decent amount of time and the fruit holds on alongside. It’s a decent bottle of Cab Franc/Petit Verdot, but the effervescence on the opening detracts and the score reflects. 87 points. ** UPDATE ** This bottle was flawed, the effervescence an indicator of secondary fermentation. A subsequent bottle was much better, bumping the score up to 89. Drink this $17 till 2025- 3 stars. Salut…
This was the last wine in tasting #9 of the Virtual Wine Tasting Company. It’s a blend of Corvina and Rondinella with 30% of the fruit undergoing a drying process prior to vinification. This style of winemaking is very prevalent in Amarone wines so I was intrigued to try this vino. It’s quite dark and thick in the glass, which is what I was expecting. On the nose it is quite horrendous IMHO. Asphalt, baby diaper, cat box, cat pee and tea were all notes from the group. On day 2, it’s pretty much the same for me. The palate is plummy, surprisingly light, spicy and has notes of blackberry, pepper and is a touch spicy. On the mid palate it gets a black tea note and some dusty tannins. The wine finishes a touch dry and has some plums eking out the funky notes for a last minute stand. The finish lasts a good 30 seconds but is not very pleasant. 85 points from me, perhaps this bottle is not right either? At $17, it gets 1 star. Salut….
The second wine of our #7 virtual wine tasting was very disappointing. I ordered this Trimbach having really enjoyed it before, the reviews were great and the brand is solid. No one in the tasting group enjoyed either the room temp version nor the chilled.
Paint thinner, petrol, pine, grass and pineapple were descriptors that we heard. Personally I found the wine disjointed, the nose muted and the flavors were just off. I am going to re-taste tonight but don’t have much hope. Interestingly, I tasted the 2013 Riesling twice in 2017 and had very different tasting notes, but they were both consistent 90 point wines. This one is 86, and at $17 it’s a 2 point wine. Salut….
I was looking for a spicy wine for tonights dinner- Chicken and Rice, Middle Eastern style. This Zin was up next on the tasting rack. In the glass it is a semi opaque purple with globby legs. The nose presents rich purple fruit. Plums, licorice, black cherry and a noticeable dose of sassafras. The palate is what I had hoped for. Luscious ripe fruit- blackberries, plums, that sassafras note and some nice, charred oak. The wine has a nice acidity, not piercing but just enough to liven things up. Tannins become evident on the back end and the wine finishes with a nice dry note, akin to leather. Blackcurrant jam and spice box round out the finish that lasts a good 30 seconds. Tasty wine with some cellaring potential. Drink till 2027. 90 points and 5 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass with long legs. On the nose it’s somewhat muted, but with a good swirl I am able to coax blackberry, vanilla bean and charred oak. On the palate it’s very inviting with black fruits, violets, licorice and crisp tannins. The mid palate is quite tart with sour black cherry and more blackberries. Towards the finish this wine gets more and more dry. The teeth and gums are coated with black and Lapsang Souchong teas, astringent yet tasty with a slight smoke note. It’s a very tasty wine that needs a few years in cellar. 90 points and 4 starts for this $17 Cab France. Salut….