Buena Vista Chardonnay "Carneros" 2004 wine review by (PB)
On a stop over to Boston on the way to LA (NW) served up this Tuscan red.
Lehmann puts out some blockbuster wines at bargain prices and this "GSM" Grenache 43%, Syrah 43%, and Mourvedre 14%, is another success. It is a purple red hued wine with a sweet nose of white pepper and fruit.
This has been my week for firsts. Three decades in tasting wine and this is my first Bierzo. The Mencia grape yields a bouquet that is spicy with red fruit and black licorice that is subtle.
Been drinking and studying wine for over 30 years and this is the first Cahors I have had. Cahors (pronounced Ka-ors) is a region in south west France utilizing the Malbec grape. (And you thought Malbec was only for Argentinians...)
Nose of black cherry and licorice
Cherry cola on the palate
Smooth finish of plum and red berries
This wine is smooth and soft for a Cabernet Sauvignon. What I mean by soft is the lack of any herbal nuances to compliment the rich fruit. The black cherry aromas are inviting, but there aren't a lot of other layers to carry it through.
Still, it tastes good and is appealing for the smooth texture. Just understand that this is a softer style of Cab. I paid $15 and have seen it priced from $14 to $19. Raise a glass!