Pale ruby with a hint of red on the edges. The nose has medium intensity aromas of raspberry, rose petal, red cherry, baking spice, pomegranate and red currant. The palate is dry with low tannins and high acidity. Flavorful- it has a medium body and I get candied cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, red currant and baking spice. The balance is nice but the wine finishes a bit short. I like it and would pair it with roast chicken, grilled Mackerel or even baked Salmon. 88 points and for $13 you can enjoy this 3 star wine till 2025 whilst tasting the sunshine of the South of France. Salut….
From the South of France comes this blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan that is deep ruby colored and seriously opaque. The thick, blobby legs warn of the incoming 15.2% ABV, watch out. The nose, once the alcohol blows off, gives me aromas of ripe blackberry, tons of vanilla, blackcurrant pastis, black licorice, clove and ripe blueberry. The palate is dry with medium acidity, medium tannins, full body and heady flavors of black and blue fruit, lots of oak nuance and a somewhat astringent mid palate streak. A short finish closes it out. The impression I get is that this wine has some ripe fruit quality along with lashings of oak yet they allowed the green stems to unbalance the wine with that bitterness. A shame, because it started out on a high note for me. 88 points for this $28 wine makes it a 3 star effort to drink with grilled Lamb chops. Drink till 2028. Salut….
A Tempranillo wrapped in a sack? Yup, and for $14 you too can get this 88 point Rioja that is a medium ruby colored with slow moving legs. The aromas and flavors include the classic blackberry bramble, dust, musky perfume, floral garden and light, toasty oak. Medium (+) acidity coupled with medium a body and medium tannins make for a nice mouthfeel. Not a stunner, it will be very serviceable for everyday drinking and should pair really well with tapas, Moussaka and pasta dishes. It runs 14.5% ABV, so be careful out there. Not cellar-worthy so drink this 3 star wine soon. Salut….
Pale ruby colored, this Sangiovese has lovely aromas of red cherry, tar, rose petals, orange peel, leather, green herbs (dill) and sandalwood. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium (+) tannins. Medium to full bodied- I get flavors of tart red cherry, leather, rose petal and that dill component. A slight charred oak note follows on at the mid palate and the finish is short. A serviceable Chianti that lacks a real oomph, it gets 89 points from me and for $22 it is a 3 star effort to drink till 2027. Salut….
Nearly opaque, this deep ruby colored wine has a tinge of blue coloring on the edges. The nose has aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, red licorice candy and ripe raspberry. A touch of oak is also present. The palate is dry with medium tannins and medium acidity. There is a sourness to the palate but I get red fruit, red licorice and charcoal. The body is medium and the finish is short. The tannins linger mind you and there is some juiciness on the back end that I am enjoying. It’s a Trader Joes special that runs $6. Great for a party, this 85 pointer will not break the bank and can be served with burgers, dogs or even pizza. 3 stars from me for this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to drink by 2024. Salut….
Gamza is a new grape to me- indigenous to Bulgaria. In the glass the wine is deep ruby colored, not bad for a 6 year old bottle. The nose is very interesting- violets, black plum, blackberry, purple licorice, vanilla, tomato leaf and blueberry pie. The palate is dry with low tannins and medium acidity. I get an initial stab of charred wood and blackberry on the palate which subsides to vanilla, plum, floral notes and some herbal touches. Full bodied, it seems a touch astringent from slightly green tannins. The finish is short and a bit green but generally pleasant. Not a bad drop for $12 that gets 87 points and 3 stars from me. Drink till 2026 with wild game dishes or grilled lamb chops. Salut….
Following on from my last Muscadet, this one is not labelled as a Sur Lie. It’s a medium intensity lemon/lime color in the glass. The nose has an intense citrus aroma coupled with green apple, yellow apple on the back end and some salinity. The palate is dry but weighty. Medium to full bodied, it has medium acidity and medium intensity flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, green apple and I can sense the sea air. A short to medium length finish is crisp, refreshing and not too tart. This is a nice summer wine that will quench the thirst and pair nicely with shellfish or lighter (non-oily) fish. 88 points from me makes this $14 effort a 3 star wine. Drink now. Salut….
I love a CDP, as does our virtual tasting group but this one was not a crowd pleaser. Medium ruby colored it had pronounced aromas of game (road kill), tomato, sawdust, violets, herbs de Provence and baked/stewed blueberry. The palate was dry with well integrated medium (+) tannins, low acidity and a medium body. Flavors of game, stewed blueberry, charcoal, smoke, and a waxy component were noted. The finish was decently long for this 91 point wine. I scored it 15 points on our grading scale and for $50 it only gets 3 stars from me. The pro’s went as high as 96 points for this old vine Grenache blended with Syrah and Mourvedre. I would drink this angular wine with stews or perhaps a venison roast. Cellar wise- it should go till 2030. Salut…..
We visited this winery a year ago and had a great time. Part of the visit was spent on the patio sipping Sur Lie Chardonanny and talking to one of the wine makers, he was kind enough to give us a sampling of this Bordeaux blend (75% Cab Sav, 20% Merlot and 5% Cab Franc). In the glass it is medium ruby and possibly unfiltered? The nose gives me green pepper, blackberry, licorice, pencil shavings, blueberry pie, black plum and some charred wood. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium tannins. Flavors of blackberry, blueberry and plum dominate but the licorice and charred wood do come through. The green pepper and pencil shavings are nowhere to be found. The wine is medium bodied and has a slightly tart, medium length finish that I am enjoying. This is a decent wine that gets 88 points from me. Drink till 2026 with burgers, filet or roast duck. At $35 per bottle it is a 3 star wine in my books. Salut….
Deep ruby colored, this Merlot shows off its 15% ABV with thick legs in the glass. The nose has rich aromas of ripe raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, caramel and red licorice. The palate is dry with slightly green tannins, medium acidity and medium intensity flavors. The body is medium (+) on this juicy wine. The mid palate is a touch astringent that also shows some charcoal notes. The finish is dry and somewhat tart, reminiscent of sour cherries and black tea. It’s a decent drop that gets 89 points from me. I would imagine this will drink till 2025 and pair well with grilled meats and charcuterie. $22 makes this a 3 star wine in my books. Salut….