I had a few colleagues in town for a meeting and took them to a local restaurant for dinner. This was the only Malbec available so we took a punt and tried it. A nose of cherry, oak and black berries. The initial tastes of dark fruits get melded into a silky vanilla blueberry compote. The mid palate passes rather quickly with a hint of black berries and licorice. The finish is nice with an easy going tannin profile and very faint hints of acidity. This is a basic wine that will suffice in a pinch but I was astounded to read later on that it is only a $9 bottle that we got hosed on ($50+), but more importantly- it only got an 80 point rating from WE. That’s rather harsh, but shouldn’t a restaurant look for any ratings before buying blindly? I am not that down on it and will go with 86 points making it a 2 star wine. Salut….
I will start out by saying that the label and name got me. The 93 point WS capsule sold me along with the $15 price tag at my local Costco. How could I pass on this amazing QPR (Quality Price Ratio). I have read much about this winery and all their award winning wines.
Nose of blueberry and earth. On the palate I get subdued notes of blue fruits, some blackberry and a swath of fine grained tannins. There is an offsetting acidity that is bracing. The wine is short on the finish but I fear I am drinking it prematurely. For now it lacks depth and is rather thin. If I were to score it on it’s initial presence- 86 points is all I could. The label states that it got a monster 93 points, which would make this $15 bottle a 5 star wine. Let it breathe for 24 hours and revisit.
Nope, still a little light in the flavor profile and the wine seriously lacks depth. Did I get a bum bottle? I am heading back to Costco soon and will get another, surely I am wrong. For now I will reserve judgement on this Tempranillo blend and just give a preliminary rating of 86 points and 2 stars. Stay tuned for updates on what could be the biggest winner out there (3 pts for $15….Dang). Salut….
Not much could be dug up on this wine so I I don’t have pricing or details. It says Cru Bourgeois on the label and consists of 62% Cab Sav, 32% Merlot and 6% Cab Franc. I like this ratio of blending. The wine is an opaque purple in the glass and gives a charming nose of black fruits with some oak hints. The initial attack is all black currants. There is a sour cherry mid palate taste that feeds into the finish of more black fruits and very lithe tannins. The acidity is slightly off-balance and there is a green note in there. The wine slides in with 12.5% alcohol which makes it pleasing to drink. Overall a decent bottle of Bordeaux from a lackluster vintage. I am giving it 86 points but without pricing, I can’t give a star rating. 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….
From Spain’s Rioja came this blend of Carignan, Grenache and Tempranillo that I had a hard time with. The pro’s were all over the map with scores ranging from 90 down to 82. I paid $13 for it but found it for $10 elsewhere.
Nose of earth and blue fruits with some hint of oak. Atypical for Rioja- muted flavors of blueberry and bramble. Slightly rough tannins but good acidity seem to balance out in the end with a very muted finish overshadowed by the tannic frame. 86 points from me and 2 stars. I think one merits another look as it may be bottle variation. How is it possible to have such varied impression from others I wonder. I will look for it in the future and report back. Salut….
Along with the pure Shiraz I just wrote about there was this blend on sale for $10. Slightly better with more ‘real’ flavors- this bottle was passable. It had a subdued nose but opened up on the palate with blueberry and cherry. Slightly oaky, it had medium tannins and a balanced finish. Very basic everyday wine and priced right. I am going with 86 points and 3 stars, far better than the last bottle. Salut….
My buddy ‘the Beave’ brought this little gem to the party. He paid $9 for it, which is the price of all three wines we tasted that day.
I love Spanish wines, the Tempranillo grape is delicious and flexible. Serious wines made from the varietal are long lived, complex and rewarding to cellar. Wines like the Tridente are made in an easier style, meant to be consumed without cellaring and offer tremendous value. This wine was a stunner. It was everything you could want in an everyday wine and delivered it with style for under $10. Dark cherries and judicious oak give way to some spice box and earth. The tannins are present yet not too dry. The mouthfeel is great and makes this wine equally good with or without food. I gave it 86 points and reckon it is a 4 star wine worthy of looking out for. Salut….
In case you missed it, Moxie (the wife) and I are on the Paleo diet. I have had no pizza or pasta for over three months and I feel better for it. JJ, my daughter loves pasta and is a self-proclaimed 9 year old vegetarian. This makes it really hard in our short-order kitchen to cater to all the various diets and preferences. So…. last night I let her chose. Spaghetti and Marinara sauce. I could not resist her charms and gave in, immediately seizing the opportunity to crack open an uncharted Brunello. The sauce was dressed up with loads of spicy Italian sausage and I loved every guilt laden mouthfull.
The wine was just ok though. It was touted as a 90 point wine with bright berry nuances and background notes of spice, cola, tobacco and leather. I got blackberry, tar and some earth but no tobacco, no leather and very little spice. What I did get was green tannins and a touch too much of acidity making this wine slightly unbalanced and off pointe. The flavors were decent, don’t get me wrong. The balance was very off-putting and I wish it would sort itself out. I love Brunello yet know so little about it. I was hoping for something delicious and was left wondering what happened. I sadly will give this 86 points and hope for the best. It cost me $25 on sale and will get 3 stars for now. Hoping for a miracle on the other three bottles I bought. Salut….
Product of France….. Look closer at the label. It’s generally a decent wine made in an old world style with zest, lime and apple components. Slightly more acidic than the previous wine, it had a bit of a bite that I enjoyed. Pale straw colored in the glass, it had a nose of lemon/lime and some earthy funk. I have no idea how much it was purchased for but would imagine in the $10-$15 range. I’m giving it 86 points and 3 stars. Think shellfish or grilled squid and you would have a great pairing. Salut….
This is the third varietal in the Red Label series that I have tried from Wolf Blass. Cabernet and Merlot blended together are one of my go-to combos. This wine rolled in at $20 for two 1 liter bottles, do the math. It’s a very reasonably priced wine that everyone enjoyed. Easy to drink with raspberry and red currants on the palate and a red fruity nose. Built for pop-n-pour, it offers no complexity and no associated stuffiness. The tannins are slight and the acidity very gentle making it very versatile for pairing. I think this would be an awesome party wine and believe it is widely available. 86 points and 4 stars for this one. Salut….