Dark purple in the glass, opaque AF. The nose is unique…. pomegranate meets cherry reduction and almonds. On the palate I’m confronted with wood bark, black fruits, more nuttiness and a dense stack of tannins. Brooding, rich and foreboding- it is a heavy duty wine with decent balance and good grip. The dryness of the tannins kick in on the finish in a big way. This wine could use a trip through the aerator. I like it as is with some grilled lamb or possibly with pasta after aerating. If you read the label closely you will see that it is made in the Ripasso style, being a blend of Corvina and Rondinella. 90 points and 4 stars for this very reasonable $17 wine. Salut….
I’m always on the lookout for new stuff. I love Pinotage, finding it rather unique and somewhat inconsistent in flavor profiles between producers. That is not necessarily bad, it just adds to the different variations I can try of a unique to SA grape, grown in a rather limited geographical area.
This one is medium depth purple in the glass. The nose is delicious. Just what I was hoping for when I purchased this $17 bottle. Tar, violets, plum and that rubber smell that squarely denotes Pinotage. The palate is very rich, warm and full bodied. It gives off mocha, chocolate dust, star anise, blackberry, creosote and plum on the palate. Tannins are very refined, subdued and well integrated. The acidity is on pointe, not overbearing. The finish is medium in length and consists of mainly plum and that tar component I seek in this varietal. Good stuff! I am drinking this by itself but would pair it with roast chicken, wild game, steak and moussaka. I am going with 89 points and 4 stars. I have to disagree with the 86 point rating it got from one trade magazine, this wine belongs in my cellar for the short to medium term, drinking till 2022. Salut….
My folks are in town for JJ’s Ballet performance. Mum likes the whites and I figured some Pinot Grigio/Gris would work well for a warmish weekend. This one was a very pale yellow- which is a good thing for this varietal. Nose of lemons, pomelo and green apples. The initial taste is rather surprising- more body than I imagined with hints of wax, lemons, bergamot. The mid palate exhibits a citrusy component that I’m enjoying. The acidity is very mild and doesn’t really hit the palate until the finish. Speaking of which, it is mid length and laden with more citrus in the form of lemon peel and a hint of lanolin. 89 points and a great opener to a Friday night! $17 buys this charmer all day long and it gets 3 stars from me, I’m buying more! Salut….
Really bright opaque purple in the glass. The nose is inky with a touch of plum. The palate starts off with plums, a raisin component and some oak. A deft hand has been at work here with the tannins, they are powerful yet well integrated. There is a freshness that I am enjoying on the mid palate along with the dryness of the tannins. A finish of bright blueberry, tannins and a touch of heat carries on for a while. Surprising really as this wine only weighs in at 13.5 %. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and some Tinta Barroca. It is actually very yummy and will rock the pork tenderloins roasting in the oven with onions and some sautéed Kale. I’m going 90 points on this one. Paid $17 which makes it a 4 star wine. I have always thought of Portuguese wine as being very tasty, affordable and a go to if in a pinch. Salut….
A see through purple in the glass with a nose of black currant, violet and coffee. The initial tastes are muted by the forward tannins, but I eventually get dark fruits, green pepper and plum. Very young and hiding behind the mouth searing tannins, this wine needs decanting or aerating.
I ran it through the aerator and voila… nowhere near as tannic, with approachable berry fruits, some tobacco, and still some green peppers. The wine carries these primal flavors through the mid palate and onto the finish. It is somewhat one dimensional as far as flavors go, but it should evolve given a few years. I paid around $17 for it and am giving it 88 points for now. I think it may get better with some age, and I will certainly re-visit it. 3 stars. Salut….
I bought this bottle at a wine shop that was closing and sat on it (forgot about it) until recently. Nice, rich looking see-through purple in the glass. A nose of cherry, cola and earth. On the initial taste I got blue berries, lingonberry and a swath of swirling acidity. After a few minutes of air time the wine opens up even more, with sharper concentration of fruit with some tannins mingling with the acidity. A mid palate of plum puree hits me now and the tannins are defined, which for Pinot is rare. This wine is 10 years young and has much life left in it, I reckon maturity will hit in 2020 at the earliest. An entry level Burgundy that I really enjoyed. 88 points. $17 or so make this 3 stars in my books. Salut….
Very light yellow with a citrus infused nose of lemons and slate. Fresh and zesty on the palate with lemon, green apple and flint. Very focused and clean. Moxie thought it was too tart but I am enjoying it’s minerality. The wine needs raw clams, steamed shrimp or some Alfredo. 90 points and for $17 it’s a 4 star wine to buy for the summer. Salut….
The third wine from Jettlynn that I purchased at Costco for about $17. Pale yellow with a citrus nose and perhaps a touch of yeast welcomed me. A creamy mouthfeel of green pear, yellow apple and cardamom. An interesting blend of 65% Grenache Blanc, 15% Muscat, 10% Chardonnay and 10% Riesling. Mild acidity and a decent finish for 87 points make it a solid 3 star wine in my books. 12.9% alcohol was light and refreshing. This wine would rock some blackened fish, perhaps a brick oven white pizza….mmmm. Non-vintage from Paso Robles. Salut….
I forgot to not the vintage and the picture does not show it so I am going with NV. I bought it at Costco for $17, but the winery advertises it at $70. Wow.
Anyway, I have tried the Jettlynn Cabernet Sauvignon before and was happy with it. I was looking forward to this bottle as it blends together many of my favorites, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah amongst the staples of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Purple hued with a nose of violets, blackberry jam and eucalyptus. A fresh and tannic intro of black berries, cinnamon, plum and orange peel. Young tannins are still integrating but it won’t stop you from popping it with some grilled lamb. Not much acidity, which makes me curious about its cellaring potential. 5 years?? 89 points and very tasty. For the $17 its a no-brainer 3 star wine. Get some if you see it for that price. Salut….
If you have been following the last several posts you will know I went on a California adventure with my son. Apart from the two wineries that we visited, I made sure I was stocked with wine for each evening. I was super excited to find numerous different Charles Smith wines, of which we cannot seem to get on the East Coast. This was actually the second bottle that I opened. The first was a Charles and Charles Merlot, out by the hotel fire pit while my son was making s’mores. I took no notes, just enjoying the moment of father/son time and relishing the fresh evening breeze of the Monterey Peninsula. The Boom Boom is a Syrah from Washington State with pretty purple hues and a nose of candies, plum and oak. Whilst not my favorite profile it appeals to many so I will not let that detract from the score. A gentle entry of plum sorbet and dark cherry with a touch of heat. It’s a very easy drinker with slight tannins and a hint of acidity. This is an everyday drinker that will please many when paired with burgers, beef brisket, even barbecued chicken with a tangy sauce. 88 points from me and therefore 3 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….