Very pale yellow in the glass. The nose is very floral with strong peach and apricot notes. I also get walnut shells. On the palate this wine is very sweet- but not unctuous like a Sauternes. It’s got a silky mouthfeel but is quite refreshing as a chilled wine. Mango, passion fruit and peach all hit my tastebuds. There’s a very small trace of acidity which lends body to the mid palate. It’s a unique wine for sure- a cross between Riesling, a big Napa Chard, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Grigio. Each of which give either to the flavors or the unique mouthfeel. Lychees and tropical fruits are the finish, which is decent in length on this Moscato blend. They say to pair this with dessert- without a doubt. It’s working as an aperitif for me though. Unique style, interesting flavors and the ability to start or finish an evening make this a special wine. I love this winery and think this is a bottle you should look for. 89 points and 5 stars for this $15 treat. Salut….
Dark shade of purple with nice legs. Almost opaque. On the nose I get red currant, violets, iodine and plum. On the palate it presents with red and black fruits, a touch of oak and black licorice. The mid palate has some black tea, raspberries and tannins that coat with a tarry taste. The finish is quite tart with some juicy acidity. It gives the mouthfeel some cut to the drying tannins, which peaks on the finish. Black cherry is the final note on this 89 point wine. Drink till 2022. For $7, this Tempranillo is a steal that gets 5 stars. Salut….
This is the 5th wine in the SplashWines lineup. A blend from Amador County, which has been showing some real quality of late. This one is a nice purple hue in the glass and is semi-opaque. On the nose I get pepper, plum, mocha and blackberries. The initial palate is interesting, a touch sweet from cassis and spice. It has some zest to it, I like that. The mid palate has some tar, more dark fruits and a charcoal note. Very lithe tannins appear and there is a nice acidity to the wine. The tar and spice components carry through to the finish, but there is an astringency that hits me, some greenness. It’s not all bad, as the sweet cassis nullifies it. The finish is quite tart, with good length. Overall this is a decent bottle that gets 89 points from me. Drink with summer BBQ, perhaps pizza and definitely a red pasta. For $15 it’s a 3 star Zinfandel blend that includes some Petite Sirah and Syrah. Drink now. Salut….
Red wine with fish is a tough one but since I am grilling it, I feel there might be something to work with. This Barbera is from California and has a nice shade of purple in the glass. The nose is very cherry like, with some blue fruits lingering as well. I also get a leafy component, like parsley. Intriguing. On the palate it is somewhat sweet with ripe cherry, cola and cedar. It is juicy but not overly acidic, nor is it very tannic. The mid palate has a nice warm feeling to the red fruit compote. There is a definitive cedar note that runs the length of the wine. It is very fruity and certainly tasty. The finish is medium length and concentrates on those sweet cherries alongside some blackberry jam. Lip smacking stuff. Easy to drink and very approachable for the next 5 years. I hope the pairing works for me! 89 points and 5 stars for this $13 steal. Salut….
A touch murky in the glass with medium dark purple. Semi opaque. On the nose I get plum, bramble, white pepper. The initial palate is very pleasing, if not a touch sweet. Lush, ripe plums alongside blackberry and violets. The mid palate has a nice tangy acidic bite alongside very ingrained, lithe tannins. More purple fruit flavors and a spiciness comprise the profile I get on the back end with a nice, dry finish that is quite long. This is a very drinkable pop-n-pour wine that gets 89 points from me. I like it a lot for short term enjoyment. Drink till 2024. It’s a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. For $15 it gets 4 stars. Salut….
Quite see-through and showing off a reddish/purple hue in the glass. On the nose I get sour cherry and rhubarb. On the palate it starts off with that sour cherry, some cola and rooibos tea. There is a crisp acidity that begins on the front end and carries all the way through. Lithe tannins greet me on the mid palate where the sour cherry theme continues alongside some raspberry and vanilla notes. The finish is quite tart but I get a very defined cherry note and some earthiness- leather and creosote. Overall this is a tasty wine but for $39, it’s a stretch. I’m going 89 points and 3 stars. Drink till 2025 with Pasta or hearty appetizers. Salut….
It’s showing dark purple in the glass with barely perceptible legs- almost opaque. On the nose I get jammy black currants, mint, cedar shake and bramble. On the palate it is inky, with a nice grip of tannins right off the bat. Black fruits, some earth and sour cherry notes all meet me after the initial wave of those tannins. The mid palate is a little more tart, with a nice touch of acidity. I was hoping for a little more earth out of this Tempranillo. It delivers a more fresh and fruity wine that has its own nuances and attractions. I am enjoying its youth. The finish is a nice tart affair with some sour blackberries and a diminishing tannic presence. The wine is still young but I think it will drink well for 5 more years. I was looking forward to a bit more oak to be honest. Overall- decent, not great. 89 points and 3 stars for this $25 wine that garnered 90+ points from the pros. Maybe I need to let it sit longer before I popped and poured, I don’t understand. Perhaps it’s in a dumb stage. Salut….
Number two in the virtual line-up was this Nero D’Avola from Sicily. I wanted to add a relatively unknown varietal to try and introduce new wines to my friends. This one was a steal at $12 and scored highly amongst the attendees. I gave it 89 points and will go with 4 stars. It had some very nice black fruits, good tannic structure and a decent finish of licorice and oak adding to plums. Cellar for up to 6 years. A good wine to have in case you need a quick go-to bottle. Salut….
A stunning, deep purple in the glass that belies this wine’s age. On the nose it’s somewhat muted but I do manage to coax some graphite, plum reduction and anise. On the palate it’s still young, acerbic yet relatively fruit forward. Blueberry, sour cherry and that minerality all show up. The mix of acid and tannins battle each other as the midpalate shows more blueberries and some rhubarb. I have to say- it’s quite tart and lacking much wood influence. The finish is pretty much the same with a decent 30 second tail. I’m serving this with Sunday roast, and somewhat regret opening such a young wine. Give it 3-5 more years. For now, 89 points and 2 stars for this $70 offering. Salut….
Very light shade of yellow/orange in the glass. The nose offers spiced lemon zest, some green apples and honeysuckle. The palate is crisp, with gobs of the green apple, some citrus and a modicum of acidity. The mid palate softens and has a glycerin-like mouthfeel. The green fruits are alive and well. The tail end gives me a note of hazelnut- intriguing. It’s rather a short finish but it is well balanced. This wine will drink nicely till 2023 and I would pair it with salad Niçoise, herbed chicken breast or even a stir fry. 89 points and 4 stars for this $14 quaffer. Salut….