Medium shade of gold in the glass. On the nose it is floral and aromatic. Pineapple, papaya and pink grapefruit. On the palate – more papaya and some yellow guava. Lithe acidity makes for a rounded mouth-feel. The mid palate – more floral with honeysuckle, paperwhites and peach. It’s quite a complex set of flavors, but that’s what’s so nice about this varietal. It’s not your run-of-the-mill. The finish is smooth, fruity, and lacks the big bite from the acid, just enough juiciness. I’m looking forward to pairing this with my baked salmon and shallot sauce. 90 points and 5 stars for this $17 charmer. Drink until 2023. Salut….
I harvested a Deer a few weeks ago and had the butcher make some Spicy Sausages. Having never tried them I was at a loss for a wine pairing until I came across this blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah. I have had the Amado Sur before and this seemed the most likely candidate. Dark purple and totally opaque. On the nose I get candied strawberry and red licorice. The palate is a touch darker in the fruit department with black berries, dark cherry coulis and bitter plums. There is a whack of acidity to this wine but a medium serving of tannins. Perfect for my pairing, as Venison is very lean and we are pairing this with pasta and Vodka sauce, which is somewhat creamy. The mid palate is really juicy and I have quickly forgotten/forgiven that stlightly sweet nose profile which I really don’t care for. The finish ends abruptly but not before I get that bitter jab again. It’s an issue IMHO. Overall this is a decent weekday pop-n-pour and it serves my needs tonight. 87 points make this $14 wine a 3 star effort. Previous vintages that lacked the bitterness were better BTW. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Quite dark and brooding in the glass. The nose is somewhat muted but I managed to swirl some black cherry and cassis. The palate is basic with black and blue fruit notes, gentle acidity and mild tannins. The mid palate is a little hollow but I do get some plum and blueberry notes. The finish is rather short but the tannins hold on for a while, not overly dry but present. A weekday wine to pair with pasta or pizza it gets 85 points from me. Drink till 2022. This unique Argentinian red nlend of Bonarda, Malbec, and Syrah cost me $21 and gets 2 stars. Salut….
The finale to our Virtual Wine Tasting was this stunner. I saved the best for last. It’s a 72/28 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon that is inky in the glass. On the nose we got black cherry, Damson plum, leather, fruitcake, hay, raisins, smoke and molasses. On the palate it was immediately evident that this wine is powerful, yet subtle. Very smooth with super fine grained tannins that are barely perceptible make for a gorgeous mouthfeel. Plums, fruit cake, black berry cassis and violet. The finish was a medium length affair that was simply delicious, not dry or acidic. A stunning wine that I gave 19 points out of 20. Technically speaking it is worthy of a massive 96 points from me which jibes with the pros. I would not bother pairing this beauty with anything- just drink it with a loved one and appreciate the depth of flavor, the complexity and the balance of this $70 treat. I have to go with 5 stars. Drink till 2025. Salut….
I’m cooking Lamb Shanks tonight so a Malbec made sense. This one is semi opaque and a medium shade of purple. Blueberry reduction, smoky wood and black licorice hit the nose. The palate has got a delightful sweet blackberry entrance with plums, anise and a very smooth mouthfeel. I sense raspberry on the mid palate, could that be? More licorice and that red fruit note are dominant with very svelte tannins and a touch of acidity. The finish is refreshing- it has an earthy minerality with some raspberry. The mouthfeel is great if you are looking for an easygoing wine that will not bite with tannins or acidity. Built for the present with tons of fruit, it will drink well till 2023 and gets 88 points from me. 3 stars for this $22 effort. Salut….
I recently ordered six different bottles from Naked Wines. This Mendoza wine is the first of the series. At $11, I’m not sure what to expect, here goes.
It’s a nice shade of purple and semi opaque in the glass. I sense dark plums, black currants and spice box on the nose. The palate is really juicy with a fruit forward approach. Dark fruits dominate with black cherry as the leader. There is a really nice tannic component that is not too astringent but gives just the right amount of dryness. The mid palate is really juicy with a nice rounded acidity and good mouthfeel. The fruit is very warm and satisfying. The fruit components are joined by some black tea notes and more spice box. Cedar shake also comes to mind as I ponder the finish. It’s decent in length and has the right amount of tannic grip to keep me interested without making my gums wince. The acidity is very gentle and balanced.. I really like this wine for an everyday drinker and give it 90 points. At that price it’s worthy of 5 stars and a stock up, drink till 2026. A blend of Malbec and Cab Sav that I’m pairing with grilled Santa Maria Tri-Tip roast and baked potatoes. Well done. Salut….
Very deep purple in the glass and totally opaque. The nose is fresh and offers up black currants, mocha and black cherry. On the palate it has a juiciness, black fruits galore and medium grained tannins. The mid palate shows off dark, bold cherry, like a really ripe maraschino. Black tea components kick in and the wine gets quite dry. The combo of the acidity on the front end and the tannins on the back make for a nice mouthfeel if you’re into a bit of a rough ride. I’m liking it and and thinking it would pair very well with some carne asada. The finish is quite tart from the residual acidity but I still get some decent dark fruit, Christmas pudding and spice box on the very end. A decent drop that gets 90 points from me. No pricing info unfortunately. Drink till 2025. Salut….
Very bright purple in the glass. The nose is fruit forward with blackberries, grilled plum and purple licorice. On the palate this wine is very tasty…. delicious in an easy-going way. Blackberry reduction, star anise, ribena and creosote all feature on the opening. The mid palate gives me some charred oak, blackberry reduction and oolong tea. The finish is short to medium length- with dry notes of tea leaf, dusty mocha and that blackberry theme that has been consistent from the get-go. Overall a decent drop that gets 89 points from me as the tannins are present but won’t promote extended cellaring and the acidity is feint at best. Drink till 2023 with stews, a Lamb Tagine or beef moussaka. 4 stars for this $13 charmer. 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….
Wow, the color of this Bonarda is spectacular- deep, rich purple, almost opaque, but clear enough to see around the edges. The nose is blackberry, black currants, oak influence and a rich fruit cake. The palate is very thick with gobs of fruit and a steely tannic grip. The main profile is more black fruits, some currant preserves, toasty coconut and those tannins that are a feature of this varietal. My gums are blackened with them and my mouth is puckering, just what I was hoping for when I ordered this wine. I really wanted to delve into some unique grapes from South America, this one does not disappoint. The mid-palate continues the massive fruit and tannin wave to a really long, dry finish. Blackberry jam, charcoal and black tea are all present. There’s a definitive spiciness to this wine that I am really enjoying. The tannins are on pointe and the juicy acidity marries up nicely making a very tidy, long lived package. If you like ’em young and dry, pop one. I would pair this with braised Lamb Shanks, grilled goat or a big Ribeye. This is a whopper of a wine and I am going 91 points. Drink till 2030. For $18 it’s a great intro to this grape and worth 5 stars. Salut….