Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Random Wines

I seem to be getting a lot of samples lately, which is amusing to me, since I more or less have gotten lazy about this site. Oh well...

Both wines are from the importer--Wine Brindis. Not really too sure about the price points on these two wines. I wasn't able to find any benchmark for sale anywhere online either. The Malbec, from Torones del Sur, was well-balanced with cherries and oak tones. The Torrontes was a bit off-putting the first evening, with over the top floral and herbal aromas backed by citrus and pineapple. The second night, the wine had mellowed, with subtle herbal and citrus notes. Juicy, and also well-balanced. Both of these wines were good, but not that exciting. Knowing the price would be good. If these wines were $20, I wouldn't ever buy them. If they were $7 or $8, I think you could consider them a good deal. 

I bought this strange Couly-Dutheil wine at Costco for $19. I like the winery a lot, and I found it interesting that they also make a sparkling wine. There are better, more interesting sparkling wines available for around the same price as this wine. Honestly, it was about what I expected. Lemony, with bubbles. Not bad, but not terribly interesting either. I don't think I'll be purchasing another bottle when there are a ton of Cremant de Loire's that drink better for about $5 less. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

More Random Wines

Haven't been drinking much lately...but that doesn't mean that I've forgotten about wine. I've been sitting on this CdP for two or three years. Originally, I was planning on having the 05, 06, and 07 all at the same time. Of course, I got derailed when I realized that for that to be a sane plan, I'd need to cook for six people minimum. So anyways, we had bison rib-eyes last night that I rubbed with garam masala; and I thought this would be a good fit. Turned out pretty good. This wine was figgy and delicious. 

I had to look up Vire-Clesse to figure out where and what it was. It's in the Macon, so this is value Burgundy. For $10 at Trader Joes, I think you could do worse, although I think other places you could do better. On day two, this was a lot better and more poised. I guess if you're looking for a cheap-ish Chardonnay this would be good bet. 

Very floral, with lots of honey and apricoty citrus. Not my favorite overall, but I can see where the appeal lies.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Wingman Shiraz and Block Chardonnay

This is a public service announcement: Both of these wines suck. Trader Joes has a way with taking really shitty wine and making it look like it might be cool. If anything, it's a fascinating experiment in marketing to the most evolved of chimps...or maybe the least. I suppose it depends on your perspective on the matter. Regardless, you'd do well to stay way the fuck away from these shitty wines, and buy something else instead. Might I recommend the 09 Valreas that TJ's is carrying for $6.99? It's pretty solid for $7. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Chinon...at Costco?

In one of my more WTF moments of the last several weeks, I saw, of all things, a Chinon at Costco. Costco has had several wines from Couly-Dutheil in the past, so I guess this is no surprise. At 14$, it's a steal. I guess grab it while you can...or maybe wait until they discount it because it's Chinon, at Costco and not a California Cab? Couly Dutheil's "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon 2008 is made from the most feminine barrels of wine and only in good years. This wine was pretty feminine and graceful, with a lot of berries. I guess my impression was that it was a touch modern, but it's pretty good and well worth a look. Costco's price is at least 3$ cheaper than K&L or anywhere else. 

Also at Costco worth a look is this Barbera from Dezzani. Also a touch modern, but with lots of acidic cherry based fruit. At $9.99, I've already had two bottles in the last week. A pretty damn good deal especially since it manages to avoid the chocolate milk shake aspects of the other Barbera that I've seen at Costco frequently, which is the Briccotondo. 

And although the Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is sold out now, if you see it for $17 or $18 anywhere, it's well worth getting a bottle of. Just when I thought that it wasn't possible to like California wines, I've discovered Justin, which seems to do no wrong in my book. 

My last alcoholic epiphany of the last few weeks is that the cider style known as scrumpy? It's pretty fucking good. Awesome, in fact. And from Michigan of all places. Kind of expensive, at 7$ for 750mL, but worth a look at Whole Foods, just for something different. Like apple juice...but with alcohol in it.