Bright purple. The nose is fruity, vibrant and full of blackberry and black cherry. On the palate- delicious rendition of dark berry compote meets vanilla bean and coffee reduction. The wine exhibits some dryness with slight tannins appearing midpalate. The dryness opens up on the finish and leaves the back cheeks somewhat astringent. The mid plate concentrated on black fruits and the finish carries it through with some cedar plank to boot. 89 points and 4 stars for this $20 blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Franc. Drink now with tapas, grilled Pork chops or pasta. Salut….
Number 4 in the line up, it followed a hard act. This is Drew Bledsoe’s brand (NFL QB).
Medium opacity in the glass. The nose starts off with a lot of wood. I swirl and swirl to finally get violet, damson and stone. On the palate it is quite young, bracingly tannic and somewhat shut down for business. What I do coax out of it include plums, fir tree essence, mocha. The finish is very dry and decent in length. 90 points is a decent score for this winery’s first vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. At $60 it’s a step up from everyday drinking wines, but it gets a decent 90 points from me and 4 stars. I would cellar it for a while and drink from 2020-2037. Pair it with some hearty grilled meats, Venison or even Osso Bucco. Salut….
A perennial favorite and surefire go-to wine that delivers consistency, value and widespread availability. It shows off a deep purple in the glass. The nose is full of blue fruit, coffee bean, a touch of oak. On the palate I sense some very lithe tannins that are very ingrained with blueberry, elderberry, cedar. The wine transitions very nicely to the mid palate and the finish gives me a definitive red currant note. The mouthfeel is very smooth, balanced and easygoing, making this a very flexible wine to pair with a variety of dishes. Cheese comes to mind as do the Sirloins I am grilling, with some Steamed Artichokes. The tannins are the longest running portion of this wine, leaving a definitive dry streak on the gums for quite a while. Not a hugely complex wine, it serves its purpose as an everyday drinker, capable of pairing with meats, pasta, cheese or all by its lonesome. Drink now. 89 points and 4 stars for this $14 wine. Salut….
As you may know, I am a fan of this winery and had to pick this up the other day. Very dark, near black and opaque in the glass. On the nose, bright fruit flavors of plum, espresso, tree bark and vanilla bean. On the palate I get a very smooth mouthful of violets, plum compote, spice and very lithe tannins that are very integrated. The acidity is very mild, making for a very soft mouthfeel. Easy to drink, yet I suspect there is some cellaring potential here, I’m just not sure where it’s going. The purple fruits are very prominent on the finish and the wine ends nicely with a dry note. Drink by itself or pair with lighter fare- cornish hens, burgers or a white pasta. 89 points from me. I paid $16 and am giving it 4 stars. Salut….
If you read my post about the Eve Chardonnay, you will know I am a fan of Charles Smith Wines. I couldn’t help myself and bought this Merlot for the tasing.
It appears as a very light purple with low opacity. The nose gives off candied plum, not my favorite profile mind you. There’s a bit of oak in there as well. I am leery going in for the first sip.
All is good- it is a decent wine, not overly oaked and offering ripe tannins, juicy acidity and plums galore. I get Blackberry on the mid palate transition after the initial plum injection. The wine is somewhat one dimensional but it will appeal to many for its smoothness and bracing tannins. The dryness is great if you are into that kinda thing. Overall, refreshing and tasty. An easy going wine that will do well with grilled New York Strip, perhaps a hearty baked ziti. I paid a mere $11 for it and am going with 89 points and 4 stars. You may want to sit on a few bottles until 2019 to see how they develop. Salut….
I am a fan of this winery. They produce good quality wine that is fairly priced. Always a go to in a pinch. I just ordered a bunch for my folks in Florida, they loved the variety that I sent.
This Chardonnay is from Washington state. It exhibits a bright yellow color and offers a nose of apples, pear, a hint of almond. On the palate I get a really creamy mouthfeel with green apple, Bartlett pears and more nuttiness. The flavor profile continues throughout the mid palate and ends up on the finish with some very faint acidity. A very generous and inviting wine, it is really easy to drink and fits the bill when you don’t want something too steely, loaded with minerality or overly tart with acidity. This wine will drink well with Lobster! I think it also could pair nicely with white pizza, fettuccine Alfredo and stuffed Portabello. Drink now as it doesn’t have the stuffing to go for cellaring. 90 points from me and for $12 this is a super amazing 5 star wine. Buy it by the case. Salut….
As I was pouring this wine I couldn’t help but notice the rich purple color, mesmerizing. On the nose I get gorgeous plum meets an oak shaving. This wine smells amazing. There is an intensity to the aroma that is really pure and focused. This pureness continues on to the initial taste. This is a great wine folks. It tastes amazing, has very fine grained tannins, is balanced and has got me grabbing for more. Plums continue to the mid palate and are joined with coffee beans, Ribena and a crescendo of tannins. They really hit on the back end with a really nice dryness that hits my gums in the right way. The wine finishes with cassis, espresso and a swath of tannins, delicious. An extremely well crafted wine that gets 92 plus points from me. I am a huge fan of Charles Smith, his winemaking is always on pointe. In fact, I search out his wines-looking for absolute gems like this one. I paid $13, and rate this as one of my all-time best buys. 5 Stars for sure and I am buying a case. Drink it alone or pretty much with everything from now till 2022. A steal, literally. Salut….
I am a big fan of this wine, it’s cheap, tasty and fills in for many different occasions. I reviewed the 2011 Kung Fu Girl and gave it 89 points. This version is better!
Pale yellow in the glass. Lemon zest, pineapple peel and some green apple come to mind. On the palate, much fuller weight than I was expecting, almost waxy. Lemon curd, sweet pink grapefruit and bee pollen (yes, bee pollen, I eat it every day and this wine has a corresponding note). The mouthfeel is delightful, albeit not what I was looking for to quench my thirsty on this 92 degree day. I like it though, a lot. The mid palate is very smooth with more of the same theme while the finish exhibits some lemon spritz, interesting. 90 points from me and for 9 bucks this is a must have 5 star wine for every fridge, buy it by the case. Salut….
Very dark purple in the glass. A nose of plum, blue berries and a funky earthiness. The initial taste is of plum sauce, black olive and acai berry. Really interesting. On the mid palate I am getting dark fruits and some fig. It’s not until the finish do I sense the dryness of tannins, with some very slight acidity. This is a tasty wine with good mouthfeel that is drinking well right now and may reward some short term cellaring. 89 points. $22 make this a 3 star wine in my books. Salut….