November 192002 Les Coteax De L’Atlas
Really? Wine from Moracco? Probably this is a bad example… It is too good to be “average”. If you want the back story, comment or email us. Also, the cork shows leakage, so if YOU were to get this wine, you would have an even better experience.. I can’t even imagine!
As typical of vintage wines, it has an orange hue. Color is dense and gorgeous. Nose probably requires scent experiences beyond ours… But we’ll give it a shot… Shrooms, Cigar, and cedar. On the pallette it is very plum, cinnomon, orange, and oak. The orange becomes more prevelant, with a little lemon on the finish, along with some spice box. Acidity is excellent throughout, and when all is taken into consideration, this wine would go great with nearly any food, or by itself.
Price: 20 – 25 (tough to determine due to the wine being bought two years ago, and in Moracco)
If you’re like us and typically spend around $10 a bottle for your daily drinkers, then you probably also spend $30-ish for your mid range “special occasion” wines. Well, have we got a suggestion for you! This puppy is soooooooo nice! I think it is really under rated by the big-wigs at 90+, and we’ll be fixing that mistake for them.
Plenty of time has gone by since this wine was put in the barrel and bottle. I’d say it should be drank between now and a couple of years from now. The age indicator for us is the orange hue around the edges in the glass. It’s just beginning to appear. There’s a note of that dusty barrel that aged wine gets too, which this has some of. And then come the almost ironic part of this wine. It’s freshness! I love, love, love the fresh fruit aromas and flavors in this wine. Primarily strawberry, with touches of red plum, cherry, and blackberry. This is not saturated, baked fruit, thank you very much. I like a good fruit bomb from Australia, Chile, or Argentina as much as the next guy, but when you taste this you’ll realize how refreshing the fresh fruit is. Body is mid-range, not too dark or light. It has moderate complexity, with a good bit of oak, without too much vanilla (which I’m not a huge fan of), a little black pepper (yay!), and just a touch of veggie action. Tannins are fairly mild, but it has enough tannin and acidity to eat with something like bbq chicken, or other medium to heavy meat dish. I would even have it with steak, if it’s cooked with light seasonings. Not for Tennessee BBQ ribs.
It has a moderately long finish that leaves nothing unpleasant in your mouth… except maybe a desire for another sip. I will say it is hard to stop drinking this wine, so, you might want to pick up at least a couple of bottles. Get’m while they last! Still available at the time of writing! We’ll try not to buy up all of them. LOL
I’m becoming convinced that some of the best wine from California is from Alexander Valley. Not to over emphasize the region over the producer….
There’s a story behind how we got this wine, but you’ll have to ask to hear it (comment!)… but we didn’t pay for it (OK, fine, Rika’s boss gave it to her). Basically, all we knew was what was on the bottle, and that it cost around 20 bucks.
The wine has a pretty nice bouquet – certainly not timid. Rika said she smelled a sugary candy. I think it smells of vanilla – a result of the toasted oak. In fact, it is mostly oak, a fairly strong floral component, and noticeable alcohol. When I first smelled it I thought it might be a little hot, but it isn’t. It is 14.5% alcohol, which is slightly high, but it has enough umph else-wize to hide it. (more…)
March 13Worst wines to date!
We feel the hurt like millions of other Americans. I was laid off the first of the year, and we’re barely able to make ends meet. Of course that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped drinking wine! It just means we have to buy cheaper daily drinkers and drink “the good wines” less often. So with that, I’ve been exploring some inexpensive, no, downright CHEAP wines from Trader Joe’s. We’ve had some decent ones, some good ones, and these two. Yes, I’m going to put two wines in one post. They are two varietals from La Finca wines of the 2010 vintage. And no, I don’t think age will help these wines at all… nothing will. They are from the Finca La Celia vineyards in the foothills of the Argentine Andes. I’m not going to post what’s on the back label, but suffice to say, it ISN’T describing what’s in the bottle. What it describes is a typical wine of the variety from that region. It is what they WISH they were making. False advertising if ever there was such a thing. I think the other labels of Mendoza should shut these guys down – or buy them out just to protect their reputation!
So, not that you need a description of these wines, but…
Both are very light and relatively devoid of fruit. The Malbec is the less-bad of the two. At least it was clear – the Cabernet Sauvignon was a little cloudy. They both taste like they’re high in alcohol, but they’re only 13%. A typical Malbec or Cab from this region could carry 14- 16% without being this hot. For both I had to mix half and half with 7-up to tolerate them. Hey, can’t waste it, trashy or not!
OK, I’m done. These wines suck, don’t buy them.
Rating 70 or less
February 162003 Gagliole Rosso
Is this Borolo? Sure tastes like it. This is a massive and serious wine! We had it with our Valentine’s dinner. Before the pour i wiffed the cork and got really excited… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
October 222006 Monte Antico Toscana
This is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Spicy on the nose, and a light to medium color density.
I wasn’t expecting much before opening this wine, given the low cost and who’s heard of an Italian wine with a screw cap? Not me, I’ve only seen it in Aussie wines mainly, and occasionally with Californian wines. But hey, I tried a Cote de Rhone this summer that was not only screw cap, but had a plastic bottle! OK, we’re not talking about a very serious wine obviously, but still… winemakers are clearly willing to experiment.
First off, we probably shouldn’t have openned this wine yet… 2007 vintage, red, France… bad idea. Anyway, we were mixed on this wine… I like it, Rika doesn’t. For her I think there isn’t enough fruit. In a way, I agree… but then, it is complex, dry, and there’s nothing foul about it. It is a dark garnet color with a violet fringe. It looks dark, but doesn’t taste that dark. It has an interesting nose, that you’ll mostly appreciate after a couple of days of decanting (or wait a few years to open it), with flowers, spices, citrus, cedar, and wild berries. The vegetal component is immediately evident as soon as the wine touches your tounge, but is soon mixed with leather, wood (not really oak), and a variety of subtle fruit flavors, fairly evenly mixed red, blue and black. There is some acidity, good enough for medium weight meals. On the finish I like the spices that linger, with cherry, tobacco, and… some kind of wood. I’m not a fan of oak in my wine, and I’m not saying this wine is oakey, but I can’t escape the taste of some sort of wood. I get a little flashback from when I was a little boy… and chewed on a piece of wood from time to time. I guess I liked it. I guess I still do! I’m giving it a combined rating between mine and Rika’s… because that’s how we roll.
Price: Paid $10 (K&L) Retails for $17
Wow, what a mouth full the name is! At first glance (referring to color and density) it was a little scary… I’m usually not a big fan of “light” wines. But oh boy, with a sniff I was already imressed, and had instantly become optimisitc. Basically, it smells like a rustic Italian Rosso, (more…)
January 42003 Fattoria Dezi Dezio Marche Rosso
Another bargain from K&L’s clearance! Dark ruby color, dusty, smokey, black and sour red fruit on the nose, and smokey oak, plum, and black cherry, with a bit of tannin and spice on the pallet – and little veggie action and orange peel on the back end. Light acidity, but a great food wine. (more…)
January 12006 Virgin Vines Shiraz
My experience with wine has made me a disbeliever of labels. Almost like the prettier the bottle the worse the wine. I know that is a gross generalization and should never actually be applied, but…. Anyway, the bottle is one of the best I’ve seen. It looks like its hand painted grape vines and wording. The big turn off for me, like a big red flag,