Thursday, August 28, 2014
Palate--Steely front with vigorous light cherry and raspberry with a palate scraping acidity and a gentle finish of light red berries.
I don't remember what I paid for this but it seems to sell for $8-11. When I started my wine obsession in the mid 70's Fetzer was one of California's premier names for producing value wines with sturdy rigor. I don't see the name out in my neck of the woods which is one reason I grabbed this one. Fond memories of the Fetzer name and this wine is an honorable production fitiing of the Fetzer name.
At this price you shouldn't expect much but this is a value Pinot and even at this price point is a good example of the grape so raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 7:05 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Spicy plum and berries with hints of earth on the nose
Full bodied on the palate
Rich finish of dark berries, currants, and some savory, earthy tones with good length
Here's a very good, rich and well knit Rioja from Spain. It's a great value if you can find it in the low teens. I actually paid just $12 for this. Considering it's a 2005 that tastes youthful and leaning toward the modern style, I think it will drink well now and for years to come. Enjoy with a hearty meal, and raise a glass!
Palate--Dried dark berries on top of lively wild blackberries with solid Zin flavors that keeps you pouring the bottle empty.
I think I paid around $15 for this Zin which is a nice one and a solid example of the varietal so raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 7:41 PM
Monday, August 25, 2014
Lemon-lime and quince on the nose
Medium bodied with bright acidity on the palate
Fresh, acidic finish of grapefruit, lime, and herbal notes
Add this one to the rotation! It's the first time I've had this wine, and I was a bit skeptical because there are already so many good New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs to choose from in my neck of the woods. I like because it's bright and lively but also shows a depth of flavor and persistence to the finish that's impressive for $11. Look for it at Wegman's or your local wine shop. Raise a glass!
Palate--Foundational varietal dark fruit berry flavor with anise, vanilla cherry cream, and finishes with some smokey oak. This drinks better after 24 hours but should be rewarding for a couple more years in the cellar.
I think I paid $13 for this which is a bargain and a half. Wine Spectator gives this wine 91 points. I concur so raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 5:01 PM
Friday, August 22, 2014
Spicy currant and aromatic, woody balsamic notes on the bouquet
Medium bodied on the palate
Red fruit, dry earth, and moderately tannic on the finish
This is a nice wine. It's a bit more woody than a typical Rioja from Spain, but with that said Rioja is a region that is showing a variety of styles emerge beyond the classic profile of soft red fruit. It should compliment a variety of dishes, particularly barbecue. Expect to pay in the mid-teens- the average price I've seen is $16. Raise a glass!
Gorgeous sweet cherry and spice on the nose
Full bodied on the palate
Dense finish that's earthy with red berries, tobacco, and spice
Excellent wine! I could have waited longer with this one, but it didn't disappoint with a few years of cellaring. It has an amazing nose that's fragrant and full of power, emanating from the glass with remarkable strength and purity. It's also extremely dense with a long finish that's classic Brunello.
The wine was released at $50, and was listed at number four on the Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2011. I mention that because it generally means you won't find it sitting on store shelves anywhere. If you happen to source a bottle, give it plenty of air and plan to linger over this wine. Raise a glass!
Palate--Light mouth feel, sturdy construction with forth right flavors of sharp black berry, blue berry, and cocoa nuances.
This Aussie red is a Shiraz blend. Shiraz is also known as Durif in case you ever see that on a label and wonder what the heck it is. The weight of this wine and mouth feel is sound with a lighter expression for a Shiraz which I attribute to the blend of Pinot Noir, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Wine Spectator gave this wine 89 points and Best Value designation. I paid $10 for it but tends to run a couple bucks more. Either way, a pleasant and easy drinking wine so raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 6:09 PM
Monday, August 18, 2014
Palate--Like a thick flannel comforter on the tongue this Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River (single vineyard) has finessed but pronounced varietal flavors, flinty with bold citrus flavors, and grassy wildness,with a touch of cream.
The late Robert Mondavi is credited with the label Fume Blanc which is just another name for the Sauvignon Blanc grape but at the time, Sauvignon Blanc was unknown in this country as the French wines made from Sauvignon blanc weren't necessarily mentioned on the label. In Mondavi's genius, he marketed this "new" wine as Fume Blanc--pronounced Foo-may blawn--and the rest is history.
I paid $13 for this special at a state store; normally sells for $20. I just had it with cheese and crackers and will serve it with butternut squash raviolis with a sage butter. Raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 6:16 PM
Friday, August 15, 2014
Palate--Nice Sangiovese varietal flavors of forest floor, tart cherry, and a finish of oak.
I paid $15 for this on sale from $28. It's a good example of the grape and the region with a nice sturdy foundation and flavors so raise a glass at $15.
Posted by PB at 6:03 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Bouquet that's bold with dark berries and cocoa
Full bodied on the palate
Juicy dark berry finish, slightly tannic, with coffee and spice
This is a lot of wine for $14-a value Tinto de Toro for sure. Made from Tempranillo, wines from this region of Spain are generally modern and full bodied. Prices are starting to creep up, so value wines like these are a good find. I recommend you seek this one out because it tastes like the $30 wines on the same shelf.
Give this wine plenty of air because it is moderately tannic and sharp. I usually pour young reds through an aeration device into the glass rather than take the trouble of decanting. Decanting is often more ceremonial than anything else. Enjoy with flank steak over a bed of greens, and raise a glass!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Palate--Plush textured, and full of Pinot flavor with exciting acid and brilliant cherry/berry front with smokey oak and fruit finish.
There's nothing complicated about this $10 Pinot but it is delicious and a steal at this price point so it goes without saying--Raise a Glass!
Posted by PB at 5:20 PM
Monday, August 11, 2014
Palate--This is a bold Zin with a sturdy foundation to carry the big rustic blackberry flavors with a smokey finish.
I paid $15 for this on a "super buy" from an out of state store. It normally runs around $28. I am not positive that I have ever had a Carneros Zin but this one is certainly enjoyable. I love it at the $15 price point; at close to $30 I'm not so sure. But I will raise a glass tonight but still not sure what dinner plans will be.
Posted by PB at 5:43 PM
Friday, August 08, 2014
Palate--Zippy acidic foundation, off dry and fruit filled with lite stone fruit and tropical fruit salad. Even liners a bit.
You'll find this wine at the $8 price point and it is always a great buy! Year after there is a constancy and with the acidity, this wine will work with heavy buttery fare, lobster, or chilled as an aperitif. This is an automatic buy and I will be pairing it with fried Mahi-Mahi so raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 5:57 PM
Monday, August 04, 2014
Aromas--Fresh ripe berry rising from the glass; black berry, and mint with twinges of black licorice, an under layer that is subtle but awesome cherry cream with dark fruit with rustic berries and a touch of cinnamon at the edges.
Palate--Mature tannic foundation, with big black berry fruit with touches of extracted ripe plum, a bit of smokey oak and a finish of more fruit.
I saw this in a local roadside produce shop for $25. Knowing that it would be difficult for me to find anything like this in my parts and knowing the price was a great value, I grabbed it. If you can find it expect to pay more like $35. Glad I grabbed it; this is solid Napa and typical of BV Cabernet. At this price point, I may have to grab the other one I think I saw. I will pair it with charcoal grilled Delmonico steaks. Raise a glass!
Posted by PB at 5:19 PM
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Domaine de la Chanade "Les Rials" Loin de l'Oeil Sur Lie Vin de Pays des Cotes du Tarn 2012 Wine Review (NW)
Fragrant floral notes and pear intertwined on the bouquet
Medium bodied on the palate
Lightly sweet fruit finish with honey and floral notes balanced by just enough acidity
Without a doubt, this is my wine of the Summer! It tastes great, has an interesting profile, and is easy to sip on a warm day. Best of all, it's only $10. In fact, I bought a case on sale for $8.
If that's not enough, it's made in Southwestern France from an ancient wine grape that's rarely used today. This domaine has helped to resurrect this now exotic varietal- Loin de l'Oeil- and for good reason. With results like this, it never should have been lost to time. Chill it down and enjoy it on a warm afternoon. Raise a glass!