From Sonoma comes this delicious Cabernet Sauvignon that got great reviews. I was excited to try it when I saw the bottle and was not disappointed.
Dark purple in the glass with a nose of red berries, a touch of oak and some cinnamon. On the palate, red fruits, bright acidity and some cola. On the mid palate , a hint of sasparilla, some eucalyptus and the ever present sharpness of the acidity, now with some offsetting tannins. The finish is decent in length and gives off strawberry notes with vanilla overtones. Overall a nice wine for the short to medium term. 89 points and for $18 it should be on your radar. 4 stars. Salut….
I have always enjoyed these wines. I don’t normally order crianza’s but gave this one a whirl. Nose of black fruits and plums after a good swirl. Somewhat one-dimensional on the first taste with loads of damson, acid and upfront tannins. Slight oak influence, but in a good way. This wine appears to be young, and may need some coaxing. After a trip through the vinturi it softens dramatically. It’s amazing how some wines transform when given some air and allowed to breath. More plums, some earth and cinnamon come out after aerating and the tannins are way more subdued. The structure is interesting and I think will give this wine a long cellaring potential. Drink from 2017-2022 unless you can send it through a Vinturi, then now is fine. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $18 effort. Salut….
Whenever I see ’09 or 2010 Bordeaux on sale I take note. These two vintages were stellar and you can’t go wrong. Hence the urge for me to pick up a case of this stuff sight unseen, without any knowledge or forbearance. I simply saw a rating, a price and my wallet.
Bright purples hues in the glass as to be expected. Nose of black currants and blue berries was somewhat less than expected, perhaps the youth of the bottle? An interesting attack of black and blue fruits with a core of acidity and brisk tannins which led to a cork and dusty component which add to the fruits in a funky way that I enjoyed. Black tea finish with that tannic bite made for an interesting closure. 89 points with a 2014-2020 window. I paid $18 per bottle making this a 3 star effort. Salut….
I just recalled where I got this bottle from- Total Wine for $18, it was on special as they were doing a Spanish wine tasting that day. I’ll be back for more… I had to look very hard to find any vintage details, but a tiny set of words ‘Cosecha 2012’ gave it away. I was startled by the color, it was purpley purple in the glass- more so than I have ever seen in wine. An unmistakable Tempranillo nose of tar, black fruits and earth came wafting over. The initial profile was of earthy tar and black berries. The wine is still young with nice tannins and a very gentle acidity, but then I noted “Wow, really young”. Brooding black cherries on the mid to back end with a deft use of oak made this textbook and juicy, delicious. This wine is full on, in your face Tempranillo that I can really sink my teeth into. It is ready now but will age well for another 5-8 years. I can’t think of a better pairing than with a big steak! Bang for the buck, this wine rocks. 91 points and 5 stars for this Spanish beauty. Salut….
I just returned home from my whirlwind Asian tour to find Moxie fixing up some BBQ chicken and veggies. I decided to try this well known California Chardonnay that I have been saving. Straw yellow in the glass it had a buttery nose of apple and lemon zest. More citrus and cloves on the initial with a marked acidity lurking in the background. Quince on the back end with a long finish which I found quite interesting. The wine appears to have undergone Malolactic fermentation with an oak influence, but it is not overdone. Balanced and bright without the flabbiness usually associated with this style of Cali chardonnay. I picked it up for $18 and give it 89 points. It went well with the Barbecue sauce by the way. I would pair it with seafood all day, it would kill a dozen oysters with ease. The wine sits at 13.5% alcohol, so be careful if you plan on sipping it poolside. A good effort from this well respected winery making it worthy of 4 Stars. Salut….
I bought this one on ratings and write-ups, having never heard of it before. It started out with plums and a woody note on the nose with an interesting initial attack that was slightly sour. I noticed a tremendous acidity, perhaps too much?? The flavors that I came across on the first pass were red currants and raspberry. The wine is silky with deep, smooth tannins. Later on I noticed blueberry on the back end with some coffee. This wine is very juicy, related to the acidity perhaps. It was a little sharp when first opened but seemed to mellow out after some air time. I’m not a huge fan of this wine but I think it is serviceable. I have seen up to 92 points from critics on this one, I am not sure I agree- giving it 88 instead. I paid $18 and therefore award it 3 stars. Salut….
Last night was Moxie’s birthday dinner at The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. After perusing the menu and deciding on going the whole hog 4 course extravaganza I needed a white to pair with the cheese course. Apparently every Wednesday night is half price wine on bottles costing less than $40. I scanned the wine menu and was impressed with the offerings and prices. Seems most bottles were in the more palatable 2X retail range rather than the more obnoxious 3X that most restaurants deem is fair for a bottle of wine. I digress…
I picked this Spanish Albarino from the Rias Baixas region and was rewarded with a delicious, chilled bottle that hit every note I asked of it. Straw colored it offered up a melange of fruits and spices on the nose that were delicious to smell. On the palate it was very true to varietal with great aromatics mingling with some peaches and dried apricots, kinda like Viognier but with far more acidity. This wine was crisp and lithe which paired very well with our cheese. This varietal is well planted in Spain and Portugal and is definitely one which I will be purchasing for the summer. I can imagine sipping this one on the patio in the evenings with some cold cuts and crudités. I bet it would rock a baked salmon and risotto dish. When was the last time you had an Albarino? Retailing at about $18 I am going with 90 points and 5 stars. I hope my local shop carries it! Salut….
Succulent and smooth yet powerful and unabashed. This is a great wine, no doubt. A beautiful shade of purple in the glass with some great plum and spice notes on the nose. On the palate was an array of svelte asian plums, blackcurrant and cedar box- all interlaced by some fine ingrained tannins. This wine drinks beautifully and impressed all of us. More impressive is the price- $18. You cannot beat the value for money than with this type of 91 point wine that is accessible yet could be cellared for another 5 years. This is what I imagine when I think of Barossa Shiraz. Expressive but not over cooked, smooth but biting. Amazing by itself, it would hold up to any meat dish, perhaps even crispy duck. 5 stars from me. I need to find more! Salut….
From Montagne Saint-Emilion comes this Merlot/Cab blend. It was very dark in the glass and bitingly tannic with some hidden fruits lurking. I think I drank it too young as the main flavor was the dryness of my teeth. I did manage to get plums and coffee with some interesting oak on the back end, but generally a muted wine. I paid $18 for it and give it 87 points making it a 3 star effort for me. I think it might improve but the fruit is going to really need to shine and the tannins need to recede for it all to balance up. Salut….