Light purple, medium opacity. The nose is generous with pencil lead, blueberry and cherry, yet somewhat atypical. On the palate it is a little restrained but there are notes of sassafras, bing cherry, rhubarb. The mid palate gives me lots of juiciness, acidity and the beginnings of a tannic push. The cherry component really hits on the back end. 89 points and 4 stars for this $12 effort. I would sit on a few bottles to let the acidity reaper and the tannins to soften slightly. 2020- 2023 Salut….
A very clean, pure purple of lighter opacity in the glass. On the nose black cherry, espresso and currant extract. On the palate I get black fruits, a hint of cassis, vanilla and coffee bean. The mid palate exhibits a lighter shade of the berries, somewhat more reedy. The finish shows off tart black berries and slight tannins. They build up after a while to a dry finish. I’m doing Chorizo tacos as a potential pairing…. we will see how that works. 89 points and 3 stars for this $14 wine. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Really dark purple, extruded looking. The nose is of lush ripe plums, black cherry and cinnamon stick. On the palate I get a very smooth intro of black currant preserves, black cherry extract and the beginnings of a dose of mouth coating tannins. The mid palate is heavy with the black fruits and tannins. They coat the teeth, the gums. Rooibos tea is the balancing flavor here. Everything else is dark and brooding. The mouthfeel is great, if you like a dry wine. It is not overly tannic, but will most definitely get your attention. The finish is of medium length and focuses on the black currant preserves I got at the outset. Overall a decent drop that gets 89 points from me and would do well with hearty game, roasted meats and even Bolognese. $15 and 3 stars. Salut….
Medium depth of purple in the glass. The nose, after a swirl, showed off vanilla, oak and black currants. It borders on that aroma I don’t care for but I’m willing to overlook it today. On the palate it is much less dense and not as powerful as I imagined it. A slightly sour note hits right away that continues through to the mid palate. Black berries, coffee and a dried herb note all come to mind. The tannins start off gently but build up to a medium dryness by the mid palate and continue for a short finish. Black fruits and thyme are noted on the back end. Overall this is a tasty wine that I would pair with pasta, Kebabs or lamb chops. 89 points and 3 stars for this $15 wine. Salut….
Really pretty peach color. On the nose- fragrant and fruity with strawberry, apricot and orange peel. The palate is refreshing, weightier than I imagined and true to the strawberry core with orange zest and quince being the primary flavors. A very finely balanced acidity makes for a nice mouthfeel, not overly tart yet reminding me of its presence. The mid palate has a glycerin feel to it . The finish is orange peel and kumquat, decent in length. 89 points and 4 stars for this $12 Rose’. We drank it with charcuterie. Salut….
Yesterday was a little bit of a let down with the basic Los Vascos Cab. This property is a well respected Rothschild winery in Chile. As such, I opted to go back and try their Grand Reserve offering, in hopes of a better showing that suits my particular taste desires, and has higher technical components than the basic wine.
First thing I noticed was today’s Reserve wine has a real cork, versus synthetic. A good start. The wine is not overly dark, but a pleasant purple in the glass. On the nose- a whole different story. Black berries, rich mocha, fig on the nose. The palate is more plum-like but the black fruits are still evident. There’s a slightly obscure, astringent quality that hits right up front. Once over that I’m settling in to the gentle mouthfeel, moderate tannins and tangy acidity. The mid and finish are a little darker with coffee bean, black cherry and an oak tinge. Overall, much better. 89 points and 4 stars for this $15 effort. Grilled meat, Moussaka or even hearty pasta would pair nicely. Drink now till 2020. Salut….
Bright purple. The nose is fruity, vibrant and full of blackberry and black cherry. On the palate- delicious rendition of dark berry compote meets vanilla bean and coffee reduction. The wine exhibits some dryness with slight tannins appearing midpalate. The dryness opens up on the finish and leaves the back cheeks somewhat astringent. The mid plate concentrated on black fruits and the finish carries it through with some cedar plank to boot. 89 points and 4 stars for this $20 blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Franc. Drink now with tapas, grilled Pork chops or pasta. Salut….
I stepped into a wine store in Cali where they had an extensive list of wines available to taste. I took the opportunity to do so, but my notes were rushed and very brief, please bear with me.
Very new world Pinot Noir on the nose- strawberry, cherry. Very light on the palate but tasty with red fruits, very lithe and fresh. There is a tartness that presents itself on the medium length finish that I am enjoying. 89 points from me for this $34 offering make it a 3 star wine to drink now through 2021. Salut….
A mellow blend of the traditional Bordeaux varieties- this wine is a pretty purple in the glass with long legs showing. The nose is plump with dark fruits, some cherry cola and a touch of cinnamon. The initial palate is very rounded, soft and smooth. It features black currants, black olives, oregano. It has a great mouthfeel due to the very slight tannic structure which is really balanced well with the gentle acidity. This is a quaffing wine for sure, with a drink now date. The finish is medium in length and dark fruit dominated. It has a hint of charcoal on the end and some plum tart. I really like this wine for what it is, the 89 points are not a slam- it just lacks the backbone to cellar and evolve which detract from a numerical score. This would be great with light appetizers or as a base for a wine sauce. It really has a lovely fullness to it. $19 and 4 stars. If I had to blind taste it, the soft and supple mouthfeel scream Merlot. Salut….
I have had the 2005 Close Du Marquis, twice. This vintage is not as solid and lacks depth. My Danish buddy brought it to our tasting and we saved it for the finale. Unfortunately, the best was not saved for last- the best was the Pioneer Pinot that we tasted first.
Very dark and opaque in the glass. The nose resonates with plums, Kirsch and Pepsi cola. The palate has a definitive edge- plums, gripping tannins, acidity and pencil lead. Cassis appears on the mid with a blue fruit and cedar component. The finish is somewhat short, but pleasant with kirsch and cassis dominating while the tannins recede. 89 points and for $55, 3 stars. Salut….