I have really started to enjoy Sangiovese lately and seek out different variants. This Chianti weighs in at 13.5% alcohol and is medium purple with little opacity. Kinda what I expect from this varietal as well as Pinot. On the nose it is fresh with strawberries, cedar plank, a green capsicum component and garigue. The palate is refreshing with red fruits, crunchy tannins and a touch of wood. The strawberry I initially sensed gives way to red cherry and currants. There’s a rhubarb component on the mid palate that marries well with the acidity and tannins. The finish is lightweight but decent in length and continues the red fruit theme very nicely. The tannins slowly fade after leaving my gums rather dry. It’s a young wine which is drinking nicely and will cellar for another 10 years minimum. Drink till 2029 with eggplant parmigiana, beef stew or slow cooked chicken cacciatore. 90 points from me make this $17 wine a 4 star effort. Salut….
It’s quite bright and fresh looking in the glass with a deep garnet shade. On the nose – rhubarb crumble, cherry and chocolate dust. On the palate it is refreshing, tart and brimming with red fruits. There’s a hint of balsamic as well as coconut on the initial. The mid palate gives me some woody notes alongside the red currants and cherry. The tartness gets a little spiky and herbaceous on the finish, a little off-putting. Overall this is a tasty wine that has some structure to last a few years in cellar but is drinking nicely now. I’m gonna bury the others I have as I believe they will improve vastly with a bit of age. Made from Organic grapes and costing $50 makes it a wee bit pricy. Pair it with Fettucine or pot roast, perhaps Osso Bucco.. Drink till 2035. 90 points from me (the pros went as high as 95!) and 3 stars. Salut….
A darker shade of purple for Pinot, but see through as expected. The nose screams New World with strawberry, cherry pie, pecans. I know- strange descriptor. On the palate it is silky with bright red fruits galore, cherry cola, sasparilla and juicy acidity. The mid palate shows off the strawberries and tart cherry. The acid starts to peak. There’s a trace of tannic grip as we enter the finish. Overall it has quite an acidic overtone, leaving my mouth a bit puckered. It’s tasty mind you…. I like it but the $77 price is a little off-putting. 90 points from me and 3 stars. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Medium intensity purple, almost seethrough. On the nose there’s a definitive charcoal note alongside blackberries and bramble. Licorice kicks in a little later after a good swirl. On the palate it’s pretty tasty with black cherry, coffee and more licorice. Tempranillo sometimes has a dusty, earthy component that I enjoy in Riojas, this wine has a hint of that. The tannins grip on the midpalate alongside dark fruits . There is a certain amount of oak at play here, but it’s not overdone. The long finish is a touch dry from the decent tannic kick. More blackberry and some vanilla carry me through to the very end. Drink till 2026 with hearty pastas, steak or roasted chicken- this wine needs food. 90 points from me and 4 stars for its $18 price point. Salut….
Many moons ago Moxie and I went to Paris on one of several trips to that great city. Drinking wine in the cafe’s I noticed that sometimes they would serve a red wine slightly chilled. Turns out, that’s how they enjoy their Beaujolais wines, which are made in a slightly different method and use the Gamay grape. Many are designed to be drunk young, as in weeks old, while there are several Cru wines that have some aging capacity. I bought a few bottles of this Fleurie to savor in the heat of the summer after they had a slight chill.
This one is quite dark purple and just barely see-through. It gives off typical Gamay notes of black currants alongside oak, charcoal and violets. On the palate I get definitive black currants and cedar shavings. There is a surprising level of tannin alongside some black tea notes. There is a nice level of acidity to balance and the wine leaves me wanting more. The mid palate is really quite dry, bolstering the blackberry flavors and giving me a peak of Ribena as we go to the finish. The wine has a long dry streak at the end but it does it with finesse and plenty of black fruits. The pros were all over the scoring table with this one, ranging from 86-91. I think it drinks nicely now and will cellar till 2024. 90 points and 4 stars for this $18 wine. Pair with roasted birds, potato and leek rosti or with some soft, ripe Brie. Salut….
Really dark in the glass. On the nose I get Ribena, blueberry pie and hot stone. On the palate it’s ginger, blackberry, cedar and evergreen. There is a really nice tannic backbone, unobtrusive yet I sense some astringent components from them. The mid palate is all blackberry jam. The finish is really nice, smooth and very balanced between black fruits, a hint of acidity and those delightful tannins. It’s quite long to boot. This is a really nice weekday drinker that gets 90 points from me and 5 stars as it’s under $10. Drink till 2023 with pizza, burgers, sirloin or pasta. Blend of Malbec, Cabernet Petit Verdot. Salut….
Dark purple with nice legs. On the nose it’s quite bland. Black currants, blueberry pie and rubber mat finally come out of the glass. On the palate I’m getting a subdued dose of blueberry pie, cedar, breakfast tea and warm blackberry cobbler. The tannins are of medium intensity and the finish has some dark fruits and tannins. I think this wine is closed right now but it has potential. I’m gonna go with 90 points for now. The pro’s ranged greatly- from 91 to 95 points. I’m not seeing it at this point in time, hopefully it will awaken from slumber as a real powerhouse 3rd Growth Margaux. Drink from 2022/2030. Available for around $50, making it a 3 star wine. Salut….
See through but with slight bricking. I noticed the cork had signs of possible seepage which gives me cause for concern. Here goes….
On the nose – it’s corked. I even tasted it….done. Luckily I’m not far from the shop so I returned it .
The second bottle looks much better in the glass. Light, see through purple. On the nose it is not very open. I’m struggling to swirl some life into it and all I get is faint cherries, some capsicum and carrot. Yes, carrot. On the palate this Nebbiolo starts off with some lush, medium tannins and a dollop of cherry juice. It’s not subtle. The mid palate has more breadth with cherries, currants, a touch of fresh oak and sassparilla. The finish is quite dry with the tannins still in full force. There is a woody note alongside red fruits and cinnamon. Tasty but restrained, I feel this wine might be hibernating. It should improve with age and drink nicely till 2028. 90 points and 3 stars for this $25 effort. Salut….
Opaque, deep purple in the glass with fast disappearing legs. On the nose I get bramble, iodine and blackberry. On the palate it is very appealing with a gorgeous mouthfeel of lush black fruits, lithe, yet integrated tannins and a nice acidity. The iodine note reappears on the midpalate alongside that telltale creosote that I love in Tempranillo. On the back end it is more subdued with black cherry jam and those delightful tannins finishing me off with a nice dry tinge on my gums. Well made but not long in the cellar. Drink now till 2024 with charcuterie. 90 points and 3 stars for this $30 Tempranillo. Salut….
Dark purple, semi opaque in the glass. On the nose there’s a very concentrated plum core with a touch of oak and espresso. On the palate it introduces blackberries and tannin right off the bat. There is a black fruit component that carries through the slightly hollow midpalate into the finish of violet, black olive and plum. It lasts a while. I would cellar this baby till 2021 and then drink till 2026 with venison, roast squab or a hearty pasta dish…. steaks are an obvious pairing btw. 90 points and 3 stars for this $46 bottle. Salut….