Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
My CDC, like the majority of her sex, is a big fan of Chardonnay, and she loved this one from Argentina. I liked it too. It has a big presence, an unexpected but intriguing mix of apple and apricot, with a fairly crisp finish. A good buy at $8.99.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
This Portuguese red, grown in a region more famous for its Port, has a strong presence of red fruit, mostly cherry and raspberry, balanced by hints of chocolate and black pepper. It's a country wine, but given time to breathe, a good one, and the price of $8.99 makes it very attractive.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The last of the wines that I got from the on line sale, this red may also well be the best. A really zesty Rioja(90% Tempranillo), aged for two years in oak, it opens up with a veritable explosion of cherry and blueberry flavors, tempered by soft tannins and a licorice/black pepper edge. An excellent wine, but you must let it breathe properly for it to show off its best. Well worth the on line price of $11.99.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
With the proviso that you let it breathe for at least an hour, this Tuscan red is a very nice wine. Grown in the heart of the Chianti region, it can't be sold under that appelation because, as a blend of San Giovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it falls outside of the defined parameters. So it's what these days is called a Super Tuscan. There are elements of plum and dark berries, with some oak and licorice at the finish. Nicely priced at $8.99.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Here we have a Chilean white that is what these days is called "fruit forward". There are strong elements of pear, pineapple and tropical fruit and not much in the way of oaking or citrus to balance these. My CDC liked it, I found it a bit on the lush side. Still, the price is right at $6.99.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This Tuscan white from one of Italy's largest wineries is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Grigio (30%). The result is a fruity, ever so slightly sweet wine, with notes of pear and apricot. It's pleasant enough but lacks sufficient acidity to give the finish a convincing contrast. $7.99.
Monday, May 23, 2011
This white from Sevre et Maine in the Loire exhibits in full the tart, astringent and mineral qualities for which Muscadets from this region are known. It's aged for three months su lie ( the dead skins left over from thr pressing) which make it a pungent, zesty quaff. $8.99.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
With Memorial day just around the corner, you might consider this white from the Veneto as a thirst quencher for the assembled multitudes. Among the mass production Pinot Grigios it comes pretty close to the top, with a nice blend of pome and citrus elements. $9.99 for the magnum.
This red Rioja is 80% Tempranillo, with admixtures of three other varieties. In spite of its age it's still a very nice wine, very even, with elements of cherry, chocolate, and a slightly peppery finish. A real buy at the internet price of $6.99.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I reviewed this Argentine red on one of my Colorado trips. I still like it, it's a nice, uncomplicated country red, and now priced very attractively at $7.99 (although you can also pay two dollars more for it, such are the mysteries of the PLCB).
This Portuguese vinho verde, the product of a huge commune, is a nice blend of white fruit flavors, mostly apricot and peach, with a touch of pineapple, a slight effervescence, and a citrus finish. It should, as the name for the variety suggests, be drunk young, so drink up. Very civilly priced at $7.99 on line.
This Portuguese vinho verde, produced by a huge commune, has a nice combination of white fruit flavors, mostly apricot and peach, with a touch of pineapple, a hint of carbonation, and a dry, citrus finish. These wines are meant to be drunk young, hence the name, so drink it now. A nice quaff at the on line price of $7.99.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
This is the mid range white from this winery and we liked it the least of their three wines we have tried. The adjective that came to my CDC's mind was "nondescript", and that just about says it. The wine, without being in any way offensive, is neither dry nor sweet, neither light nor full bodied, neither fruity nor acidic, it's just there. $7.99 on line.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Although by far the greater production of wine in Chianti is reds, the region does grow some whites, and this one, from San Gimignano, near Siena, is one of the good ones. It's fruity and fairly light, and is given the necessary balance which keeps it from being sweet by a substratum of almonds in the finish. $8.99 on line.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This is the top of the line red from this Provence winery and is a very nice wine indeed, subtle and differentiated. It's relatively light, rather on the dry side, with notes of rasberry and dark cherry, and an underlying presence of vanilla. It goes on our list of favorites. A steal at the on line price of $8.99.