Decent shade of color, medium opacity. On the nose I get purple fruit and charcoal. With a bit of swirling it morphs into raspberry. The initial palate has some nice black cherry and oaky char with a certain warmness to it. Fine grained tannins immediately show up and carry me to the mid palate which turns the fruit back to that plummy, purple note I caught on the nose. The finish is medium length, tannic and features more fruit and a dry black tea. Overall I’m enjoying this wine for what it is- a weekday quaffer that won’t break the bank. I would pair it with spaghetti, moussaka or even ratatouille. 87 points and 4 stars for this $8 offering, drink till 2021. Salut….
Very dark purple in the glass with medium opacity. On the nose I get a definitive old oak meets rustic plums and evergreen. On the palate there is not much fruit, but lots of tertiary flavors including mushrooms, leather, cedar and black olive. Tannins are plentiful right off the bat and there’s a hint of acidity. The mid palate and finish continue with the earthy, dry profile and add a touch of blue fruit. The tannic finish runs for a while. This wine has matured very quickly, losing fruit yet the tannins are still fresh and young. 87 points and 2 stars for this $15 Cru Bourgeois. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Beautiful dark, nearly black in the glass. The nose gives off blackcurrants, loads of them, and with a good swirl I also get eucalyptus as well as pine needle. On the palate it is slightly sweet with those blackcurrants really out front. Very gentle tannins are evident from the onset, but they quickly disappear. There is a hint of oak, barely perceptible that adds to this somewhat one-dimensional wine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very tasty and easy to drink. It transitions to the finish on the same notes I got initially, without much acidity, which troubles me. This is a nice everyday, easygoing quaffer that you could pop-n-pour every night of the week. Party wine for sure. At $13 it’s not a steep price to pay for this 87 point wine that gets 3 stars from me. Drink now with most light fair. Salut….
See through purple in the glass, which makes sense for a Sangiovese. The nose has a pretty floral note to it alongside red licorice, cedar and raspberry. On the palate it is more subdued, less flowery, with crisp flavors of red cherry juice, rhubarb and a dose of black tea. Tannins are rampant, from the get-go, they are quite present throughout the palate and are quite astringent. There is a greeness to the mid palate that is bothersome, but it gives way to more sour cherry on the finish that keeps this wine lively and fresh. Overall there is a slight unbalance between the fruit and the tannins, with the acidity being a touch heavy. This wine is for near term drinking and I would pair with BBQ, perhaps pizza and for sure Moussakka. 87 points from me and 3 stars for this $15 effort. Drink till 2021. Salut….
Slightly less opaque than what I was imagining for this Malbec. Good color though. The nose has a candy note, some fresh oak and some blackberries. I’ll admit, the candy part does not appeal to my taste. On the palate it is quite refreshing, light in body but thick in flavor. Black berries, kirsch and bramble. There is a chewiness that I am enjoying. This wine is very dark fruit forward. Structure-wise it is built for immediate quaffing with very little tannic backbone, very gentle acidity and an easy mouthfeel. It is not complex but offers easy enjoyment and gets 87 points from me. For the price under $10 it’s a decent summer barbecue wine that I might take into the fall as an excellent part of coq au vin, even beef burgundy. I think it would work quite well. 4 stars. Salut….
Recently added to the local shop- I’m excited to try this Carmenere from Koyle. I love their Syrah and Cabernet. It’s nearly black in the glass and very opaque. The nose gives off nice warm blueberry pie, oregano and violet notes. It has a very extracted quality. On the palate it is a touch austere with plums, blueberry and acidity that has a nice bite. The midpalate is more juicy, the blue fruits turning red. The acidity is countered on the back end with some greenish tannins. As you might tell this wine is a bit disjointed, slightly green and probably needing some food. I’m going 87 points and 2 stars for this $25 effort. Drink now if you have any. Salut….
Another in the latest series of inexpensive Costco finds- a Montepulciano Reserve. I think I paid a whopping $10. It shows a decent purple, pretty opaque. On the nose I get tar, black berry, licorice. On the palate it is somewhat brighter than I had imagined. Uplifting blackberry extract, star anise, mint. Sour cherry kicks in on the mid palate and makes me pucker ever so slightly. Medium tannins balance the finish off which is short to medium in length. This is the perfect wine for tonight’s burgers and tater tots. Refreshing, somewhat lighter in style yet offering a juicy cut to the fatty patties. Generally speaking this is an everyday drinker that deserves 87 points but get 5 stars from me for its value and easygoing style, perfect for summer. Salut….
Very dark purple. Nose is fruit forward with plums, blueberries, chocolate. The palate gives off boysenberry, mocha, a woodsy note and some gum drying tannins. The mid palate is very astringent. Plum torte features with some oak. The finish is dry, rather short in length and has some blue fruit alongside the tannins. 87 points and 3 stars for this $12 effort. Salut….
Dark purple, barely see through. The nose is somewhat candied, purple licorice, plum cake and Christmas pudding. On the palate it shows off much more pleasant notes of black currants, iodine and fruit cake. The mid palate is quite abrupt as are the mild tannins that permeate. The finish is not as smooth as the front half and lacks any acidity. Overall this is a pleasant wine that gets 87 points. The pro’s went much higher, 91 points in one case. I just did not get the same level of satisfaction unfortunately. $18 make it a 3 point wine for me. Salut….