I have drunk gallons of this wine, from several vintages. Always a great experience, especially at $27 per bottle. This is the youngest version I have tried thus far and it looks promising with deep ruby/purple shades in the glass and really thick, slow moving legs on the rim giving away the 14.5% ABV. Intense aromas of black and red fruit, leather, dust, coconut, vanilla, coffee bean-stunning and fresh. The palate is dry with rich flavors of blackberry, cassis, red raspberry, leather, tobacco, vanilla, coffee and bramble. Rioja wines are very rustic IMO. I love that dusty, earthy character which this one delivers. The acidity is quite high and the tannins are integrated and of medium intensity. The body is full for sure and the finish is medium in length. Another delicious wine that gets 93 points from me and 5 stars. This Tempranillo will last a while in cellar and drink beautifully until 2030 at the earliest. I would pair it with tapas, grilled beef or lamb and definitely a peppercorn steak. Salut….
This is a curious wine, made in Vermont from 100% Marquette grapes. In the glass it is a deep purple color with some haze that confirms the data sheet- unfined and unfiltered. Here we go! Medium intensity aromas of wild blackberry, baking spices, black cherry, sour cherry, leather and a minty greeness. The palate is dry with juicy acidity, low tannins, medium body and sprite flavors of dark fruit, oak nuance and that green note I caught on the nose. It finishes tart and dry with lithe tannins tickling my cheeks. The sour cherry taking pole position. I had to look up this grape’s lineage, it is a crossing of two other hybrids. They were trying to make a cold-hardy grape that is disease resistant. I like it. It reminds me of Sangiovese without the searing tannins. That sour cherry note being the key here. I would imagine this wine will evolve a little but it should be drunk by 2026. It can be found for $27 online and gets 90 points from me making it a 4 star effort. Try something different! I would pair it with pasta, grilled duck breast or peppercorn steaks. Salut….
Clear, medium garnet in the glass, this Sangiovese has a funky nose. Sour cherry, sauerkraut and compost all come to mind. #Concerned.
The palate allays my worries- cherry, blackcurrants, straw and rhubarb are present alongside lithe tannins. Juicy acidity keeps my jaws watering for an eternity whilst the finish lasts a medium amount of time. The wine is of light to medium body and lithe. It drinks well and will go nicely with my Lamb Kofta, which are very fatty and need some acidity to curb the grease. I’m ambivalent about this wine right now- I think it has potential but the nose is very off-putting. I will give it 88 points initially. On sale for $27, it gets 3 stars from me. Drink till 2028 with meaty tapas, Duck breast or Lamb stew. Salut….
I’m excited to taste this wine, the little brother to the Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay from the Santa Cruz mountains- one of my favorite whites. In the glass it is quite a bright shade of yellow. The nose is very lemony with Quince and yellow apple hints, perhaps a touch of butterscotch. On the palate it is very refreshing, focused and definitely citrus driven. The finish is rather curt but not overly acidic, providing a nice fruit closure. I picked this wine to pair with Shrimp Scampi- I think it will do the job beautifully. It gets 91 points for me and should be drunk before 2028. At $27, its actually a good value for the quality and gets 5 stars from me. Salut….
Our wine of the night at the second Virtual wine tasting. You can’t go wrong with a Cali Cab. The wine just oozes sunshine, rich fruit, nice oak and balance. The nose on this wine was all black cherry. Tons of it. The initial palate included those dark beauties alongside some plum, blueberry and coconut. Licorice featured on the mid palate where the tannins really started to grip. Mouthfeel was very full, rich and nicely balanced with acid, black tea and a touch of plum jam sweetness. The finish was really nice, long and a touch dry. This wine was drinking beautifully and was an easy ringer at the end of the night. 92 points from me, drink till 2028. For $27 it should feature in your cellar, 5 stars. Salut….
Very pale purple and completely see-through. Why is this important? Pinot Noir has several unique traits- it is a seductive grape that does not need extraction. It treats tannins completely different to other varietals in my opinion. It’s charm and elegance come from it’s fragility on the vine, a very difficult grape to cultivate well. It takes on one of two personalities: Old World with funk, earthiness and mainly cherry, whereas New World styles give more strawberry, a fruit forward style that appeals to many yet doesn’t quite allow for tertiary development. I like both styles but prefer Old World.
This one is a New World child with fresh strawberries, some bing cherry and cinnamon? Not sure, but it is intriguing. The initial taste confirms my New World suspicions. Strawberry shortcake, vanilla bean and red currants. A touch of acidity tidy the package up nicely and let the tannins introduce themselves on the mid palate. If you have followed me for a while you will know that I had a hard time discerning tannic structure in Pinots. I’m learning and getting better. Thanks for asking.
This wine has a gorgeous mouthfeel, the dryness of the tannins is very gentle and the acidity is very mild, not cutting but definitely present. The finish is mid-length and continues the strawberry theme with some acai berry notes. The 14.5% alcohol is very well disguised but will bode well for this wine in the cellar. I believe it has some potential and will drink well until 2025. I would pair it with roast cornish hens, perhaps a grilled pork chop with apple stuffing. 90 points and 3 stars for this $27 bottle. Salut….
You don’t often come across a 100% Petit Verdot, it is used mainly as a blend in Bordeaux style wines. It’s a fiercely tannic, bold and dark wine used to bulk up other, less endowed wines needing a little darkening and structure. If you do find one that is all PV, try it and you’ll see what I’m on about.
Typical for the variety this wine was a tannic monster with an earthy nose and some funk on the initial attack. Pencil shavings of wood and graphite add to the olfactory experience and wild flowers come up on the mid palate with a blueberry component that is quite pronounced. On the back end is where ripe plums came into the picture. This wine was very dark in the glass, full of backbone and needing a fatty steak to mellow it out. I am going with 89 points and 3 stars for this $27 offering from Spain. I think anyone who is trying to expand their palates needs a good dose of 100% Petit Verdot to appreciate its power and potential to beef up other wines. Ps. I finished the bottle up with some new Lindt chocolate that rocked , Caramel with a touch of Sea Salt, ever so crunchy, ever so smooth. Salut….
‘The Beav’ is my buddy’s nickname. He is a funny guy and good humored. We have been partnered together on a month long training course that ends this weekend. We have eaten together, drunk together, taken daily walks together and gone to the gym together. We have had a really good time with each other and now the end is nigh, so we went big on some wine purchases last night. He picked this one because the label was so cool. Little did he know how good it was going to be.
A blend of Padthaway Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that have melded together beautifully and have integrated a lovely oak presence with some well crafted tannins. Dark red in the glass and showing black fruits on the nose. The taste was of black currants, blackberry and dark plums. Some mocha and chocolate powder popped out on the back end and the mouthfeel was exceptional. The structure of this wine was great, balanced and easy to drink. We happened to have a bunch of cheese and salami at the time but it would go well with Tenderloin or perhaps a roasted Cornish Hen. I thoroughly enjoyed this 91 point wine that the Beav paid $27 for making it a 5 star wine in my books. Salut….
Great fruitiness on the nose with hints of Cherry and Plums. The plum component gets a dose of dark currants and perhaps a vegetal thingy… Very smooth and rounded, this wine is balanced and the tannins are fine. This wine drinks beautifully by itself and will do so for another 6 years minimum. 91 points and at $27 it’s a 4 star offering.