Archive for the ‘Cheap and Red’ Category

Cellar Treasure: 2010 Oveja Negra Carignan.

Friday, October 25th, 2019 Posted in Carignan, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Chile | No Comments »

About five years ago I bought a few bottles of this wine out of sheer curiosity (and likely some irresistible sales pitch found in an email from one of my dealers... er wine merchants.) As we all know, the Vinagoth ...

Cellar Treasure: 2009 Tinto Figuero Ribera del Duero

Monday, August 19th, 2019 Posted in Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Spain, Tempranillo | No Comments »

A friend visited recently, whose grandparents came from Spain. They had fled Spain in the 1930s to escape from the revolution there, and thought they had found a safe haven in Cuba. Well, we all know what happened next. His family ...

Amazing Petite Sirah: 2009 Marietta, Alexander Valley

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 Posted in Alexander Valley, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Petite Sirah | No Comments »

I bought two bottles of this wine many years ago. Paid around $15/bottle. One of the benefits of having an extensive cellar is forgetting/losing/ignoring items for a while. While that would fail miserably in any other foodstuff, with wine it ...

Best value Oregon Pinot Noir… ever. Bradley Vineyards Shea 2016

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 Posted in Cheap and Red, Oregon, Pinot Noir, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Full disclosure: I drink a LOT of Oregon Pinot Noirs. A LOT. I've likely rated close to 100 of them on my cellar tracking app, yet I rarely, if ever write about them here. Why? As I've often said, Pinot's ...

Missing the Merlot Mark: J. Bookwalter 2015 “Readers Blend” Merlot.

Sunday, May 19th, 2019 Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, Merlot, Odds, Ends & Blends, Washington State | No Comments »

Bought this Merlot for $19.98, as you can see. It is a mostly Merlot blend, with 90% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. I've enjoyed a lot of great Bordeaux blends in my lifetime, including some amazing Grand Cru's, and some ...

A new varietal for me, Tannat.

Monday, March 18th, 2019 Posted in Cheap and Red, Tannat, Uruguay | No Comments »

Bought this bottle for $19.99. What a delight! Tannat is an old French grape varietal, but has taken hold in Uruguay, the next door neighbor of Argentina in South America. I've never tried this particular varietal before. Upon opening it ...

The Un-Bordeaux Bordeaux: Bouscat Caduce Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cheap and Red, France, Malbec, Merlot | No Comments »

I bought this wine in 2017 for less than ten bucks a bottle. $9.98/bottle in fact. For some reason I haven't touched any of my six bottles, until today. Note to self, save the other five bottles for a sunny summer ...

Barbera di Lake County: Cameron Hughes Lot 621

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Posted in Barbera, California, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Lake County | 1 Comment »

I could never be a sommelier. My nose just isn't developed enough. I can usually zero in on a wine's country of origin... at least with France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. And MAYBE New Zealand, if it is a ...

The nose knows.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 Posted in Cheap and Red, Italy, Sangiovese | No Comments »

I don't know very much about Italian wines. I have enjoyed many of them, but my knowledge of them is as limited as my knowledge of Italy and Italian itself. I went to Italy once, for two and a half ...

Nice Carmenere!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 Posted in Carmenère, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, Chile, Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ve had this $16.98 2013 Santa Carolina Family Reserve Carmenere in my cellar for many years. The other night I finished a Carmenere from Washington state, and had a jonesing for some more Carm. Went digging around in the depths ...