Monday, October 31, 2011

Chain of Fire Shiraz 2008

This Australian red is anything but the typical fruit bomb. Rather, it's restrained in character, with dark berry elements tempered by not inconsiderable acidity. A nice wine, favorably priced at $7.99 with manufacturer's coupon.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nieto Senetiner Pinot Noir 2010

I found this Argentine red disappointing. While the Malbec from this winery generally gets high marks, this Pinot Noir is immature and diffident to the point of disappearing from the palate. It's not in any way unpleasant, it just doesn't have much to say for itself. $9.99.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Conte Brandolini d'Adda Treanni

This Italian red from the Friuli is a blend of three vintages as well as of three varietals. It has a youthful vigor without being brash, tastes mostly of red berries and has a nice, tangy finish. Well priced at $9.99.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bodega Elena Red Blend 2010

Here's something for the feminists: a wine by a female wine maker. A blend of Malbec, Syrah and Bonardo, this wine from Argentina's Mendoza district is a nice, restrained mixture of black cherry and blackberry elements, with enough of a bite at the finish to make it interesting. Nicely priced at $6.99.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Plumia Muscat 2009

When one thinks of Muscat/Muscatel a sweet white desert wine comes to mind. This one from Aragon however stops well short of being sweet. It's a somewhat assertive mix of pear and bitter orange with a fair amount of pungency. I'd say it would go best with a strong cheese. $8.99.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ciconia 2010

This young Portuguese red blend is a pleasing blend of cherry and red berry flavors with a touch of chocolate and oak at the finish. $7.99, available for a dollar less throughout N.Y. and N.J. Ciconia means stork in Portuguese, so you ladies be aware!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Joseph Drouhin Laforet 2009

Whwn I reviewed this bottle I complained that it was excessively fruity. Well, this time around the overwhelming impression was one of pure citrus, to the point of being bitter. My advice is that, if a wine is that inconsistent, don't buy it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gonnet Ventoux 2010

A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, this young Cote du Rhone red is somewhat on the austere side. It lacks the fullbodyness of a typical CDR and is fruit forward, with a pepper finish and very drinkable. $9,99, a fair price for this bottle.