Wednesday, November 21, 2012

SXS Shiraz-Grenache 2008 S. Australia (Step-Four)


Step X Step Shiraz Grenache image
So, I got a chance to check out the SXS Shiraz(Syrah) and Grenache blend, and for the record, I'm not a big fan of Australia, at least in the past few years, I've not found too many that have tickled my taste-buds, but there wines are finally starting to open me up a bit. This wine is one that has started the change of my opinion. So let's get into my tasting notes.

Nose :It has a medium plus intensity, ripe strawberry, white pepper. Notes of sour rasberries, pencil eraser rubber, some vanilla and bright rose petals.

Palate: This is a dry wine that starts fruity and finishes with slightly bitter tannins. Ripe strawberry, mixed in sour rasberry rounded off with white pepper, medium plus body, medium plus finish. Good acid, good mid palate, medium plus alcohol but the wine maker hides it well.

Verdict: For the record, in the past, I have not been a Australia wine fan, but as of late I've had a few bottles that are making me reconsider my opinion. This bottle is one of them, It has great pure fruit, long finish and has a spice factor that I like. Pick it up, really, I mean it, pick it up. Peace.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Casabella HJ 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Casabella House Jam Smooth Red, Emilia Romagna, Italy label
So yes, I'm back, back to write colorful and sometimes lazy, colorless reviews on my favorite topic, Wine. To start off this revival of my wine wit let's go with an Italian Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. Here are my notes from when I tasted it.

Nose:On the nose, this wine had medium-plus intensity. Youthful fruit, cedar-box, sour-cherry, hints of candied strawberry, vanilla  and anise.

Palate: Dry, medium body, sour sherry, strawberry, vanilla, cedar-box, medium-plus finish. Not overly complex but definitely good for the price. Great sour cherry and ripe plum on mid-palate. Medium plus tannins and medium alcohol.

Verdict: For the price this wine is very good. It's not an overly complex wine but it is consistent in its approach to your senses. If you get a chance try a bottle and please leave a comment with your own tasting notes, till then, see you next time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2009 (Chardonnay)



Welcome back to another installment of Good Wines Cheap. It's been a while but I'm back, so let's get down to business. Today I am drinking the Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2009. This is a Chardonnay base wine out of Burgundy in France. Louis Jadot is a well-known producer who has been producing wine for a very long time in France. With that being said, here are my tasting notes:

Nose - On the nose I first get melon with a kind of a soapstone thing going on in the background. Also, I smell a sprinkle of pear but it's not overwhelming, it actually seems to be wrapped up in thin sheet of oak.

Palate - So when tasting this Chardonnay the first thing that I acknowledge is this wine has a fair amount of balance. I love that no one nuance overpowers the palate, the only thing that stands out more than anything else is the melon on the initial attack. The mid-palate falters a bit but not enough to where it ruins the tasting experience.The finish introduces a touch of apple accompanied by melon who runs a consistent race throughout your palate all the was to the finish line. There is also a fair amount of minerality rounding out the edges of my palate, which makes this, all in all a not overly complicated pretty good bottle of wine. I believe this would pair really well with Seabass and some spicy seafood such as chili pepper shrimp, I can even see it going with some specific types of oysters. So that my interpretation of this gem from Burgundy and I hope you get a chance to go pick it up. Till next time, cheers.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Comartin Cellars Terra Alta Santa Ynez Valley 2008 Grenache

















Comartin Cellars

Really quick, If you don't know about Comartin Cellars, and you love wine, please sign up for their wine club. Damn good wines, and great hands behind the scenes creating true elegance. What I drinking tonight is the Comartin Cellars Terra Alta Santa Ynez Valley 2008 Grenache. Here are my tasting notes:

On the nose: Vanilla, and fruits such as strawberry/rasberry, some licorice with hints of rose petals and pepper.

On the Palate: Sour strawberries and rasberries rounded out by specks of black pepper on the outside of the palate. Hints of vanilla kick in on the finish, and very seem-less with a solid mineral structure throughout the palate. You do catch a very small amount of alcohol on the finish, but with a little cellaring that will go away. Solid length on finish.

In my opinion this is must try, and please tell me what story your palate pulls from this wine. Shout outs to Adam, the man behind the wines, keep making the good stuff and I 'll keep drinking them. The website is http://www.comartincellars.com/.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Beneventano Anglianico 2008 Epicuro

So, I have a confession to make, I love Trader Joes. A reason I love Trader Joe's, lies in the fact that when I attended college years ago, I was starting to get the wine bug but had no money to support such a habit. I knew I wanted explore the wine world and educate myself on different varietals, and this is where trader Joe's became a saving grace. I found myself making daily visits, trying any new varietals I could get my hands on and taking mental notes on how each affected my palate. One varietal that peaked my curiosity was the Italy's Anglianico Grape. What I'm drinking tonight is the Beneventano Anglianico 2008 Epicuro.

On the Nose: Black-berries mixed in with black-cherries, hints of Cocoa and Vanilla, and on the tail end a splash of blueberries kicks in.

On the Palate: Blue-berries and Black-berries initially engage the front of the tongue. Along the Fruit some hints of tobacco and sour plum joins the party. The finish continues for a long time, but don't get this wine confused with something overly complex, it's a everyday bottle. It has pure fruit, not too structured, but delicious and allows for people not familiar with Anglianico to expand their palate. Wine is so much fun. Salut.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Vicarmont Vineyard Winery Merlot 2008


Nose: Plum, Blackberries and hints of jerky.

Taste: Heavy fruit, well made, good mid-palate and long finish. Blackberries throughout the palate accompanied with plum on finish with hints of vanilla on sides of palate. But there is a hell of a delicious factor in this wine.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jason Stephens Winery 2007 Estate Select Syrah



This was definitely a quality bottle of wine with good complexities, here are my tasting notes:

Nose: Flakes of cocoa, hints of tobacco, cassis, vanilla, and also little hints of Beef Jerky.

On the Palate: Cassis and Black-cherries on initial attack. Tobacco on a seemless transition from front to mid-palate. Some smokiness on transition from mid palate to finish. The finish could be longer and fuller, but good round tannins.