Pale lemon colored this aromatic varietal has a pretty intense nose. Aromas of pineapple, rose petals, white flowers, marshmallows and orange peel. The palate is dry with medium acidity and a boatload of flavors. I get exotic pineapple, orange pith, white flowers, rose water and that marshmallow note, which I have never encountered in wine. There is a touch of bitterness that I think contributed to the orange pith note that sits on the roof of my mouth. The acidity is very balanced with the level of fruit ripeness and this 13% ABV wine is medium to full bodied. It’s certainly delicious and the finish carries for a decent length. I love this varietal, hence the purchase. This one would pair beautifully with some Thai food of medium spice or even Indian fare. It’s rare to think of a wine harmoniously working with spicy foods but this one has the ripeness and acidity to go the distance. I would drink this sooner rather than later and chill it slightly for maximum enjoyment. 89 points for this $14 effort making it a 4 star wine in my books. Salut….
I am in a Riesling mood, might have to do with the choice of dinner- grilled shrimp and scallops with garlic butter alongside a pepper salad. It’s sunny, 75 and Friday….. why not. This one is very pale yellow in the glass. The nose is very pronounced with flavors of lemon, green apple, a hint of ginger and gooseberry. The palate is a touch sweet, I would consider it off-dry. Rich flavors of yellow pear and citrus notes meet green apple. The gooseberry is nowhere to be seen but I do get a refreshing acidity. The mouthfeel is generous as this wine is medium bodied. The finish is nicely balanced between fruitiness and tartness and lasts a decent amount making it medium in length. Yummy stuff this is, getting 91 points from me. Drink till 2026 with seafood or hard cheese. I paid $22- a steal that gets 5 stars. Salut….
In the glass this Cabernet is bright purple and 50% opaque. The nose gives me blackcurrant and coffee bean. On the palate it is quite rich with blackberry coulis, spice box and cedar. The mid palate has nice rich fruit, a touch of acidity and some lithe tannins. The black fruit theme continues as does the coffee. The finish is really tasty, a touch dry with a hint of acidity. Th mouthfeel is really wonderful, not cloying, dry or tart. Rich, warm fruit with some underlying structure make for a decent medium term drinking window. I like it and am going with 89 points. For $15, it’s a good deal and gets 4 stars from me. Drink till 2025 with grilled meats. Salut….
I tasted this wine many moons ago but failed to write notes. When I saw it in the shop it reminded me of friends in California who introduced me to this winery. The wine itself is a pretty shade of purple but is nearly see-through. On the nose I get red berries, a touch of oak and pomegranate. The palate is spicy with a pepper note right off the bat. Dark red raspberries, black berries and sweet currants add to the mix. It is really interesting. The mid palate has a touch of dryness from lithe tannins, the acidity yet to kick in. On the finish this wine shouts out the varietal with lots of white and black pepper, raspberry and blackberry flavors with smoky oak intertwined. It’s not overly complex but really packs those singular fruit flavors. It will drink well till 2025 and handle char-grilled chicken, Filet or even pizza. It gets 88 points from me and for $18- 3 stars. Salut….
Rich purple. Opaque. The nose offers up blackberries, violets, spice box. On the palate it’s primal- black fruit, cedar shake, very nice, gentle tannins with a touch of acidity. The midpalate turns into a more fruity wine with a tannic thrust. The fruits tend toward blackberry, black cherry and a slathering of breakfast tea. The finish is driven by the Petite Sirah- dark, brooding and enveloped in mouth puckering tannins. 89 points and 4 stars for this $13 steal. Salut….
If you read my write up on the Lagarde Malbec you will know that we were at dinner with friends. The Malbec never made it to the table, this tasty Zinfandel was more than up to the task of handling our beef short rib dinner. I made some quick notes as Moxie was giving me the evil-eye for using my phone at the table.
Reddish purple with long legs in the glass. Nose of cinnamon, plums, orange peel and some vanilla. Initial tastes of plum and cinnamon with gently spiced cola. Tannins are subdued with a balance of acidity. 89 points and very food friendly. It sorted out the ribs with their strong flavors and offset the fat found in such a tender and delicious cut. The finish is mid length. This wine will pair well with any marbled meats and could stand up to a hearty BBQ with its spice component. A bargain at $15 this one may need to bought in bulk. 4 stars from me. Drink 2015-2018. Salut….