I’m in Japan and wanted to enjoy something red in my hotel room. I found this bottle at what looked like an Import Gourmet shop. I paid 1280 Japanese Yen for it, but it can be found for $8 USD. The notes: See-through pale purple that gives away the extraction of this wine. On the nose- subdued hints of dark cherry fruit and a touch of leather. Very hard to discern from a straight glass (no wine glasses in the hotel room!). On the palate I’m getting some black fruit and telltale Sangiovese notes. The wine has a refreshing acidity and a slight dryness from the well camouflaged tannins. The finish is short but decent, leaving behind some tannic components that grip the gums. This wine is relatively light in extraction, easy to quaff and a decent sundowner. 84 points make this a 2 star wine. Would I buy it again? Negative. Salut….
Bright purple. Oaked up nose of blue berries and green peppers. Not my style as it has a strange tinge to it. Much better on the palate with some plums, blue fruits and some mint. A slightly green mid palate with sharp acidity comes through midway. Mild tannins and a shorter finish. 86 points and 3 stars for this $8 offering. Salut….
I figured I should try this $8 offering, I was not disappointed. Black/purple in glass it exhibited chocolate, blackberry and oak on the nose. Dark cherries and blackberry with crisp acidity and lengthy tannins followed through. Slightly over-oaked with Maraschino cherry on the mid palate. I can’t see myself buying it again, but it is a serviceable sub-$10 wine that one could quaff with ease. 85 points and technically it deserves 3 stars. Salut….
Yes 2003, it’s not a typo. It was brought over by friends for a party, I was not sure how to embrace this wine. At $8 back in the day it was a serviceable red from Chile that got hammered by WS with 77 points, ouch. I decided to open it and prayed for the best. The cork crumbled halfway through the extraction, not a good start. I coaxed the rest out and sorted the debris from the glass after I poured. My initial impression- Cherry and blackberry nose, still fresh (surprisingly). This wine was probably not stored in pristine conditions, yet I was about to discover a vibrancy I was not expecting.
Bright purple in the glass it showed no signs of aging, remarkable. Lovely black cherry and black berry notes with great acidity and some nice tannins still lurking around. Thoroughly enjoyable and quite young with a nice finish. The bottle did show slight sediment, but then again this wine is 11 years old and not built for the long haul. 89 points and drinking till 2017 perhaps? 5 stars for such a valiant effort to age gracefully. Wish I could find more! Salut….
Ps. I accidentally deleted the photo of this yummy Chilean Cabernet. However, I just read the latest Wine Spectator and they featured the same wine, 2013 vintage. Priced at $12 it got 89 points. I may take a punt and stock up on some of dat! Cheers.
Moxie bought this bottle to make some white Sangria, plans changed so the bottle was left untouched. This past weekend I returned home from Asia for two weeks of staycation and a much needed break from flying. This bottle was opened on Saturday evening for some friends, Moxie and I finished it the next night. It’s a blend of several white grapes, reminding me of the Conundrum White, but in a different league. I’m guessing Viognier, perhaps some Gewurtztraminer with a backbone of Sauvignon Blanc. There is no info on the label or the web, so I am relying on my palate. I did not take notes on this bottle, simply enjoying it for what it is. Refreshing, charming, inexpensive and unique. Perfect for an afternoon aperitif, perhaps even with some light fare. This one will please many and for the $8 price it get 3 stars for a modest 84 points. Salut….
I forgot to make note of the vintage and did not see it in the picture but I will definitely be on the lookout for this charmer. My friend bought it at Costco in California for $7.99. I was blown away by it’s complexity and structure. Dark purple hues were a welcome sight in the glass. On the nose there were hints of cinnamon and chocolate with Bramble. Floral notes and black berries caressed the palate as the melded tannins gave way to a smoke and leather finish. Classic Tempranillo from Rioja and an absolute steal. I love being introduced to wines like this! 89 points and 5 stars for sure. Salut….
I saw this bottle in the shop and noticed it’s low $8 price tag, but I was on a mission so I passed. Lo and behold my buddy showed up with it later in the afternoon. I believe it hails from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France where they grow tons of Syrah grapes. This one looks to be a co-operative wine. It started off with a slightly oxidized nose of purple plums and a scent I had never encountered in wine- grape bubble gum. I was intrigued and sniffed for a good 5 minutes before I could pinpoint it. Since I have never smelled it in wine nor have I ever seen it used as a descriptor I was curious about the taste. Candied plums and maraschino cherries are what hit me. I kept getting a whiff of alcohol as well but the bottle only registered at 13%. Very slight tannins were evident and the balance was slightly off with a tartness. This is probably a decent picnic wine for an afternoon of cucumber sandwiches and fried chicken on a blanket in the park. 83 points and 2 stars. Salut….
In my quest to sample as many wines as possible I will even pay $8 for a co-op made wine served in a plastic cup onboard a United airlines flight. They used to serve a decent NV wine called Fox Grove.
This French version is not quite as decent but was certainly serviceable. I tried to research this one a little more and only came up with the fact that it’s a co-operative wine from the Luberon and Ventoux regions of France (south east from Chateauneuf du-Pape ). I’m guessing a Syrah blend with perhaps some Carignan. A basic wine that offered immediate pleasure without complexity or airs. It does what it’s supposed to do, drink easily and fade away quickly. Mainly blue fruits on the nose and palate, very little tannins but some good acidic juiciness. It’s really hard to pick out nuances in a plastic cup in a pressurized airplane, so I will leave at that. This is perhaps an $8 bottle that won’t embarrass you at a party. 84 points and 3 stars. Salut….