Archive for the ‘Varietals’ Category

Sad Spumante is Sad. Pojer & Sandri N.V. Spumante

Sunday, June 21st, 2020 Posted in Chardonnay, Italy, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

Overpriced at $29.98 It’s Sunday. It’s also Father’s Day. I got a bunch of stuff done today (including starting a project doing something I’ve never even tried before and so far, it is going well!) So I decided to celebrate, and ...

Bougie Wougie baby! Or not, as the case may be…

Friday, May 1st, 2020 Posted in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cellar Treasures, Cheap and Red, France, Merlot | No Comments »

About four years ago, my crack dealer... er Wine Merchant, emailed me with an offer for an aged Bordeaux nearing thirty years, but re-corked recently. Having had more than my share of cork-struggles with aged French & Spanish wines I ...

Sometimes a Rose isn’t a Rosé…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 Posted in Italy, Not Red, Odds, Ends & Blends, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine | No Comments »

Rosé? I have always loved Brut Rosés, that is “pink champagne” to the lowbrow folk. That prototypical rosé of Pinot Noir produced wherever great Pinots are made, but then subjected to the process that makes it into sparkling wine. The brighter ...

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 ...