This wine kicked off our 4th Virtual Wine Tasting. As in the past, I had all the attendees reserve half the bottle at room temperature and the other half chilled. My brief notes include a very nice shade of light gold in the glass. The nose was very floral and included grapefruit, citrus, green apple and pear. The palate was very much in line with the nose and had a modicum of tangy acidity, citrus and floral notes with a decent length finish. The room temperature version offered a much fuller nose, more emphasis on the flowers while the chilled version focused on the citrus and acidic components. Both were delicious but I preferred the cold version whilst scoring the room temp slightly higher using my own 20 point scale. Interestingly, the nose of this wine did not exhibit the telltale cat pee aromas that I usually note in Kiwi Sav-Blancs. I don’t necessarily miss it, but I was hoping to showcase it as a prominent feature of the varietal from this region. The wine did display some nice minerality that is reminiscent of a French Sancerre. I am going with 90 points and 5 stars for this $14 deal. Try and stock up for the hot summer and pair it with steamed shrimp, grilled fish or chicken breast and salad. Drink till 2024. Salut….
This Pinot is quite dark, and barely see-through in the glass. The nose gives me gobs of New World cherry, strawberry and licorice. On the palate I get cherry, a woodsy, earthy note and some spices, cinnamon in particular. The mid palate is quite smooth with rhubarb, cherry and crunchy acidity. The finish is fruit driven with red berries and cherry carrying gentle tartness to a medium length ending. It has a decent flavor profile and is typical of the region- somewhat more full bodied than say Burgundy, more red fruit, a touch of earthiness and it’s growing on me. I would go 90 points for this $35 offer that gets 4 stars from me. I’m pairing with rack of Lamb and grilled Zucchini. Drink till 2025. ps. this was the 4th bottle from my Splashwines delivery. Salut….
Very rich purple in the glass and semi opaque. The nose gives off cherry, baking spices, bakers yeast and red currants. On the palate it is very drinkable, smooth and fruity. Raspberries, red currants and those spices hit the palate. As the wine rolls over the mid palate I get a sour rhubarb note that gives the wine some zing. Very fine grained tannins appear on the finish to leave a rather pleasant mouthfeel. This light to medium bodied wine calls for white pasta dishes, roast chicken or Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus. It gets 90 points from me and I would drink till 2024. For $20, it’s a good deal on Super Tuscan juice. 4 stars. Salut….
I was looking for a spicy wine for tonights dinner- Chicken and Rice, Middle Eastern style. This Zin was up next on the tasting rack. In the glass it is a semi opaque purple with globby legs. The nose presents rich purple fruit. Plums, licorice, black cherry and a noticeable dose of sassafras. The palate is what I had hoped for. Luscious ripe fruit- blackberries, plums, that sassafras note and some nice, charred oak. The wine has a nice acidity, not piercing but just enough to liven things up. Tannins become evident on the back end and the wine finishes with a nice dry note, akin to leather. Blackcurrant jam and spice box round out the finish that lasts a good 30 seconds. Tasty wine with some cellaring potential. Drink till 2027. 90 points and 5 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….
I was impressed with the Garzon Tannat so I am hoping for equal results with this Cabernet Franc. It’s very dark in the glass, lovely rich color. The nose is very fruity with black berries, boysenberry and rich oak. The palate is very appealing, light in a spright kind of way but thick with flavor. Black fruits dominate with violets and a mint component thrown in for good measure. This wine is very easy on the palate, with lithe tannins and a juicy acidity. The mid palate continues the blackberry theme but in a more restrained way. It’s not jammy or full throttle. Very seductive, as I like in Cab Franc. The finish is decent in length and shows off some oak with the black fruit. It fades within 20 seconds and leaves me wanting another sip. Overall this is a good wine, but not up to the standard of the Tannat. 90 points and 5 stars for this $15 wine. Salut….
Bright purple in the glass with long legs. On the nose it’s somewhat muted, but with a good swirl I am able to coax blackberry, vanilla bean and charred oak. On the palate it’s very inviting with black fruits, violets, licorice and crisp tannins. The mid palate is quite tart with sour black cherry and more blackberries. Towards the finish this wine gets more and more dry. The teeth and gums are coated with black and Lapsang Souchong teas, astringent yet tasty with a slight smoke note. It’s a very tasty wine that needs a few years in cellar. 90 points and 4 starts for this $17 Cab France. Salut….
A beautiful reddish shade of purple in the glass. The nose is fresh and shows off raspberry, mint and red currants. The palate has red fruits and delightful tannins- juicy. There is a minerality to this wine to go with its cutting approach. It sure is mouth watering. Currants, pomegranate and a touch of that Spanish creosote all come together for me. The finish turns a little more earthy and that Rioja garrigue comes in to play. This is a nice wine with very precise flavors and a tannin/acid balance. The finish is a little short and that will cost it a point but it’s really enjoyable and I would pair it with pasta, beef stew or grilled garlic chicken. Drink till 2028. 90 points and 5 stars for this $15 Tempranillo. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass. The nose is very citrusy- lemon peel, tangerine and …green almond?. The palate is somewhat sweeter than expected, with that citrus component meeting up with green apples and melon. The mid palate is really interesting to me, tamarind comes to mind as I taste sweet and sour at the same time. There is a juicy acidity that keeps this wine from becoming cloying. The green apple takes over on the finish and it is a tart affair. Refreshing to say the least. This wine has played tricks on me, starting out as an overly sweet, flabby beast to this razor sharp finish that leaves me wanting more. I couldn’t have picked a better pairing to the Pork belly burnt ends that I have been cooking all day. 90 points and 5 stars for this amazing deal- $13. Drink now. Salut….
It’s a very pale shade of gold. On the nose I get quince, green apple and cardamom seed. The palate is quite a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but it has some nice acidity to bring me back down. The flavors are more apples, a citrus note and that spice. The mid palate softens up a little and the sweetness subsides. It’s more of a yellow apple meets baking spices. The finish is where this wine shines- long, slightly tart and filled with more fruit. The mouthfeel on the finish is very round and lush. This is a very tasty wine that will pair well with seafood and tapas. Drink till 2023. 90 points and 5 stars for this $13 steal. Buy it by the case! Salut….
A medium shade of yellow in the glass. Pears, citrus and wildflower nectar greet me on the nose. A very fresh and yet layered first impression. On the palate it is a touch buttery, which I like as it’s not overdone. Crisp acidity from lemon, some Bartlett pear and a green melon all hit me on the palate. It’s got a really nice balance between the acidity and bold fruity flavors. The mid-palate is a very linear channel to the finish. It simply carries the same flavors and allows the juiciness to permeate the whole palate. The finish is long, tasty and refreshing. There is an abundance of fruit on the back end that carries that lemony component and introduces some oak influence- vanilla and popcorn. I like the way this wine teases the palate with some hints of big time oak but waits until the very end to actually show some of it off, interesting indeed. I really like this wine, it’s relatively lightweight to drink by itself but I would pair it with Cobb salad, Blackened Salmon or grilled veggies. 90 points from me and 5 stars for this $16 rocker. Drink till 2024. Salut….