This Italian Cab Sav is see-through and a lighter shade of purple in the glass. On the nose I get red currants and rhubarb with a hint of chocolate. The palate is quite tart but opens up to some nice red fruits, a bit of blueberry pie and an oaky undertone. The wine has just a touch of tannic hint which is a welcome change. The mid palate is delightful with a nice, light mouthfeel. Red berries and tart rhubarb really come through as does some pomegranate. It is quite gripping in the acid department which makes for a very precise and focused wine. There is no flab here. The finish is juicy and fruity, with barely a trace of any tannins. Structure wise- it’s slightly imbalanced between the acidity and the tannic backbone, which leads to a shorter cellar capacity. It is however a delicious and easy to drink wine that would go really well with Bolognese or Osso Bucco. Drink till 2025. 88 points. Price unknown. Salut….
This Sonoma Cab is very bright purple and shows thin legs on the glass. The nose is mostly raspberry, rhubarb and red cherry. On the palate I get red fruits, rooibos tea, orange peel and some stoic tannins. The mid palate is definitely a dry affair of astringent tea, cherry and raspberry. I’m waiting for an acidic thrust to balance out the gushing tannins. It happens right at the end, on the long finish that is bone dry and trends towards blacker fruit flavors. There is a touch of oak on the back end that I like. This wine is very young and could use some cellaring or decanting. Drink from 2023 to 2030. It is well made and I am enjoying its youthful exuberance. 91 points and 5 stars for this reasonably priced gem. Shocking find! Salut….
This semi opaque Merlot is a light shade of purple in the glass. The nose gives me red berries, cherry and anise- it’s very enticing. On the palate it has a juicy intro with currants, more of that licorice note and some really integrated oak. There is a modicum of tannic bite, but it is very lithe. The mid palate has cocoa powder to go around the currants and some strawberry. Nicely balanced acidity leads to a smooth mouthfeel that is super easy to drink. The finish has a touch of dryness, a hint of acidity and loads of red fruits. This wine has matured nicely for what it is and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It drinks well by itself but I would also put it up against Filet, roast Game Hen or even Lasagna. 89 points from me makes this $25 wine a 3 star effort. Really yummy. Drink till 2024. 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….
Dark purple, opaque. The nose is chock full of blackcurrants, spicy oak and some dusty tobacco. The palate is stark- dark and brooding with blackcurrants, oolong tea, nice gentle tannins and a touch of acidity. The midpalate is a bit edgy with some oak influence, charred wood, dark fruit and an increasing dryness from the tannins that are ramping up. The finish is really enjoyable- a nice dry mouthfeel, decent acidity and gobs of fruit. The blackcurrants are really delicious. This is a yummy wine for everyday that will cellar nicely for a few years and be a hit whether you are serving steaks or pizza. Drink till 2025. 90 points and 5 stars for this $20 effort. Ps. The label is one of coolest out there. 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 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….
The third SplashWine in the lineup is a Merlot from Spain. It’s a dull shade of purple and nearly see through. On the nose I get cherry, raspberry and oregano. On the initial palate it is somewhat sweet with cherry juice, more red fruit melange and tart acid. The mid palate is not so sweet and the proper flavors come around. Raspberries and sour cherry are more like it. The wine finishes quickly, with some red fruit, crunchy tartness and a trace of tannins. 83 points from me and 1 star for this $12 wine. Salut….
Number 2 from SplashWines is this non-vintage blend that rings the bells at 13.5%. Semi opaque with a reddish tint in the glass. The nose is intriguing- strawberries, by the bucketful. Red currants and sweet pomegranate to boot. Oh…. and Apricots. Yup- Apricots. The palate is very unique, a touch sweet but very red fruit forward. It’s a very interesting flavor profile. The mid palate is very easy going, red Twizzlers and a touch of cherry cola. The acidity is very gentle which makes up for the lack of much tannin. The finish is more cherry and rhubarb with that crispy acidity adding zest. It’s decent in length and tasty. I must say I was a bit biased when I unscrewed this bottle, but I reckon it’s very easy going, fun to drink and will appeal to the novice as well as anyone coming over for a barbecue. This is a $13 party wine and it gets 86 points from me. 3 stars. Drink now. Salut….
It looks very dark and brooding in the glass, the legs barely evident- 13.5% alcohol will do that. On the nose it is spicy with dark cherry, cola and a touch of oak. I also notice a spice box component. On the palate it is a bit abrupt- black cherry, green pepper, iodine and anise all greet me. There’s a frontal wave of tannins that also hit right off the bat, quite dry and relentless. The mid palate is more red cherry meets blackberry, with a nice acidic touch to refresh the palate. The tannins are certainly players here, enveloping my gums and making me pucker. The brooding nature of this wine is evident on the palate now as it finishes with crunchy black berries, that tannic grip and some toasty oak nuances. The finish is quite long. I was not sure what to expect from this wine, it was part of a SplashWine shipment. I did see it for sale at $12 online and it got 83 points from one reviewer. I would guess it’s got some Syrah, Grenache and maybe a touch of Tempranillo. Who knows…. For me it’s decent for everyday, gets 86 points and 3 stars. Drink till 2024 with some Jamon, a steak or pasta. Salut….