Monday, September 30, 2013
According to the winery, they were the first to produce a Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand, in 1974. The present version is somewhat atypical, being neither flinty nor infused with a freshly mown grass element. Rather it's full bodied with citrus and gooseberry prevailing. $9.99, is on offer elsewhere for both two dollars less and the same amount more.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Perhaps not quite as velvety as the Reserva, this Argentine red is nevertheless a very nicely smooth wine, with black cherry, vanilla, and chocolate elements, so long as it has adequate time to breathe (at least two hours). Acceptably priced at $9,99.
Friday, September 27, 2013
A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Mazuelo, this red Rioja is aged in oak and in the bottle for a total of 18 months. It's exceptionally smooth, with red berry and soft oak elements, and no bitter edge whatsoever. A very nice wine and, on the whole, fairly priced at $12.99.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A Spanish white from Rueda, this is fairly typical of the variety, being light, aromatic, with a distinct nutty flavor and a slight acidity in the finish. $11.99. For whatever reason, my experience is that Portuguese Verdejos of an equivalent quality tend to be cheaper.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Yer another white from Chile's coastal region, this non vintage wine derrives its name from the fact that it's grown on pre philoxera stock (I've frankly never been able to detect any difference, but perhaps there are those who can). Like the recently reviewed Cono Sur (groan) it;s on the fruity side of the variety, with white peach and citrus elements predominant and a noticeable carbonation. $9.99. available for two dollars less in numerous places. When, if ever, can we expect any action from our distinguished state senate?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
This Chilean white does not exhibit the flintiness generally associated with wines made from that grape. Rather, it's pretty full bodied, with elements of grapefruit and white peach, along with a very slight element of bubbles. A pleasant wine but, like the red, at $11.99 it runs into stiff competition.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Certainly a strong contender in the silly name derby, this Chilean red from the maritime Casablanca Valley has elements of cherry, plum, blackberry and vanilla, with enough oak induced acidity to give it a desirable edge. A nice enough wine, but at $12.99 it runs into some pretty stiff competition.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Pinotage is a red grape cross which is all but unique to South Africa, having originated there in 1925. The early versions produced overly hearty, smoky country wines without much distinction. Lately some refinements have crept in, and this is not a badly made wine, with dark berry flavors and a hint of cinnamon at the finish. However, at $9.99, this is badly overpriced, being available elsewhere for as much as three dollars less.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Let's face it, this Italian bubbly is no brut, nor a sec, not even a demi sec: it's just plain sweet (Nancy wouldn't drink it). Not much in the way of bubbles, a taste of pear and melon, not cloying, but still not what a serious wine drinker would consider. Over priced, even at $7.99.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
A multi region, multi vintage wine, this Australian red is considerably better than the standard issue of the same product. It's very fruit forward, without being a fruit bomb. I detect blackberry and plum chiefly, with a touch of licorice in the finish. A little light bodied for a Cab Sauv, but pleasant to drink nevertheless.The price however, $9.99 with instant rebate coupon, is still out of line -- it's available for as much as three dollars less elsewhere.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
'09 was an exceptional vintage in Bordeaux and this Entre-Deux-Mers red, classified as a Bordeaux Superieur, in most years just barely above average, comes across as a very nice wine indeed. Cherry and plum is what I tasted, along with a robust, if short, iron based finish. $11.99.
Monday, September 2, 2013
One must not confuse this red Costiere de Nimes with a Chateau l'Hermitage. It;s nice enough, but a long way from attaining those heights. What we have here is a 50/50 blend of Syrah and Mourvedre, quite light, with a fairly fruit forward taste and a pronounced spicy element. $9.99.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
The ways of the PLCB are indeed mysterious. This Umbrian red is just at the top of its form, yet it's being remaindered. A 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it displays plum, blackberry, and vanilla elements alomg with a peppery finish. A nice buy at $9.99.
Named in honor of twin daughters born to the owners. this Portuguese white, a Vinho Verde, is light, refreshing, and more than slightly effervescent. It makes a pleasing end-of-summer drink, but the price, 7.99, s once again way out of line, You can get it for as much as three dollars less in any number of states.