Thursday, April 9, 2020

Matchbook Red Gravel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


April is Matchbook Wine Company Month, with reviews focusing on their wine all month! To see all of my reviews by this winery for the last five years, check out my Matchbook label. To learn about their history, read my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

Made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec, this wine was aged in French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels for 12 months. The color of the wine is ruby red. Like the 2016 vintage, on the nose there's aromas of tobacco, eucalyptus, mocha, black cherries, and a pinch of sea salt (maybe more like ice melt?). Such a good nose. On the palate it's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel, dusty tannin, and a brighter acidity than I remember from other vintages. There's flavors of black cherries, cassis, black tea, anise, and vanilla. Then it finishes with black cherries, anise, pencil shavings, and astringency from that dusty tannin.

This Cabernet has been a favorite suggestion of mine for $15 for years. As mid-range California Cabernet seems to be trending more and more to being lush juice bombs, this is always just a solid Cabernet for the price with the classic Cabernet profile.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $15
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2018


April is Matchbook Wine Company Month, with reviews focusing on their wine all month! This is the second time Matchbook has had their own month on this blog, but I've done A LOT of reviews of their wines in the past six years. To learn about their history, read my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

Their Old Head Chardonnay has become one of, I'd say, my top three suggestions for a Chard in the $15 price range. I've been reviewing every vintage since forever and I've loved it every time. The 2018 vintage is made from 100% estate grown Chardonnay using Clone 4, Clone 17, Dijon Clones 95, 76, 124, and Clone 809. 75% of it was barrel fermented while 25% was fermented in stainless steel. 78% saw aging in 2 to 5 year old French and American oak, 22% of that new. The final ABV is 13.9%.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tinto Rey Rosé 2019, April Wine Pick


April is Matchbook Wine Company Month, with reviews focusing on their wine all month! This is the second time Matchbook has had their own month on this blog, but I've done A LOT of reviews of their wines in the past six years. To learn about their history, read my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

Tinto Rey is one of the labels that Matchbook produces, and their Rosé is my wine pick of the month!  It's April! It's officially Rosé season! This wine is made from 50% Tempranillo, 35% Tannat, and 15% Verdejo. It was fermemted in stainless steel hand has an ABV of 12.8%. For the third vintage in a row, the color is  Crayola peach. There's aromas of white peaches, limes, strawberries, and potpourri. On the palate it's medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and bright but not overpowing acidity. There's a bit of saltiness among flavors of cherries, peaches, limes, and strawberry. Then it finishes nice and juicy, with the acidity brightening the fruit. Yum yum! This is a very good Rosé for the price!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $19
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

McIntyre Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2018

McIntyre Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2018

Holy Moly, this is my kind of Chardonnay! The 2018 McIntyre Chardonnay is out of Santa Lucia Highlands, which is in Monterey, which is in the Central Coast of California. The strongest aromas on the nose are ginger and banana and vanilla, followed by pineapple, cooked apple, and buttered biscuit. Uuuuuungh!!! When was the last time that I expressed my love for Chardonnay to you all? It's been too long. So, DAMN I LOVE CHARDONNAY! On the palate it's full bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and moderate acidity. There's flavors of pear juice, banana, vanilla, baking spices, and ginger. It finishes smooth and lush and eloquent, without a bit of tartness from the acidity and a bit of ginger heat. And, call me crazy, I even get a little white chocolate on the finish.

For $28 this is one hell of a Chard. It gives you everything that you expect in an oaked Chardonnay while not getting carried away with malo or oak, while both are still present. This should be a consistent case buy for Chardonnay fans who can drop the bucks, and I don't think I've ever said that about any other wine on this blog. I loved this wine. It's got solid Chardonnay expression with a great price for its excellent quality. 

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $28
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ferllen Gran Reserva Malbec 2014


The color of the 2014 Ferllen Gran Reserva from Mendoza, Argentina is a dark cherry red. The nose is just amazing! There's aromas of plums, cranberries, roses, vanilla, dark chocolate, sea salt, and sweet tobacco. This is another one of those wines that you could smell all night without drinking and be happy. On the palate it's medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel and moderate tannin. There's flavors of plums, cranberries, table grapes, dark chocolate, black table pepper, and mustard seed. Then it finishes with plums and leather and tobacco.

Oh hell yeah! From my first sniff to my last sip I loved every aspect of this wine. Seriously, I fell in love. It's just sooooo gooooood! I expected it to be double the price that it is when I took a look at what it would cost your wallet, and for $30 this is A GODDAMN STEAL. Dude... amazing.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $30
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

T
he bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Joey Casco is on The Sommeliers Choice Awards "Top Wine Influencers In 2020 You Need to Pay Attention To"

Once again I've been included in the Sommeliers Choice Awards "Top Wine Influencers You Need to Pay Attention To". WOOHOO!!! :)

As you've seen, I've only been posting a few times a week this year instead of almost every day like last year. My reviews are shorter and more to the point, and I've been putting far less effort in obtaining website traffic. But it's so nice to know that TheWineStalker hasn't lost relevance, and in the eyes of the SCA still deserves to be followed and paid attention to.

Thanks, guys! I am honored to be recognized among all these other great influencers! I'm mentioned on the same list as Jancis Robinson... AGAIN. Wow!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ferllen Reserve Malbec 2017


The 2017 Reserve Malbec from Ferllen is from a Single Vineyard located in Los Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza. Fermentation took place with 100% indigenous yeasts, then 100% of it spends 18 months in used French barrels. The color of the wine is a beautiful cherry red. There's granite minerality over aromas of blackberries, plums, vanilla, a bit of sour milk (in not a bad way), and sweet spices. On the palate it's got a smooth mouthfeel with low moderate acidity and sweet but tightly grained tannin. There's flavors of blackberries, plums, dark chocolate, green peppers, and vanilla. Then it finishes hot with ethanol heat and tannin, with flavors of blackberries and vanilla.

This is darn good Malbec for the price! And it paired excellently well with Filet Mignon!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $19
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dominio Fournier Reserva Ribera del Duero 2014

Dominio Fournier Reserva Ribero del Duero 2014

Ah yes! Ribera del Duero, Spain! One of my favorite red wine regions in the whole world! And I've got two wine from there by Dominio Fournier lined up! First it was their 2016 Crianza and then now I'm on to their 2014 Reserva.

The 2014 Reserva is also from the Finca El Pinar vineyard like the 2016 Crianza, which sits on the fluvial soil of the Duero River. Also like the 2016 Crianza, t's 100% Tinta del Pais, which you may know better as Tempranillo. Pre-fermentation maceration was carried out cold, with dry ice, so as to extract high levels of color and sweet tannins prior to alcoholic fermentation. That alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, and it spent 25 days on skin contact before being pressed. After that, it went through malolactic fermentation and saw 18 months in French oak barrels.

The color of the wine is a cherry red. On the nose there's wonderful earth, leather, chocolate and vanilla with dark fruit aromas like blackberries and black cherries. On the palate it's medium bodied with low acidity, and a LOT of minerality from tight tannin that gives it a chalky mouthfeel. All of the aromas return as flavors, and then it finishes tight and chalky with blackberries and vanilla.

Even at six years old this wine could use some more aging in the bottle to mellow the tannin out, but even if you open it right now it's worth the $50 you'll spend. It's fantastic, and I could a big ol' ribeye right about now to go with it.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $50
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dominio Fournier Ribero del Duero Crianza 2016


Ah yes! Ribera del Duero, Spain! One of my favorite red wine regions in the whole world! And I've got two wine from there by Dominio Fournier lined up for today and this coming Thursday! First it's their 2016 Crianza and then it will be their 2014 Reserva.

The 2016 Crianza is from the Finca El Pinar vineyard, which sits on the fluvial soil of the Duero River. It's 100% Tinta del Pais, which you may know better as Tempranillo. That grape goes my so many different names in its native country of Spain that it will make your head spin. The wine was fermented in both stainless steel and wooden vats, although I don't know what percentage of the wine was fermented in each one. It went through malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, and saw 12 months total aging in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels. It has an ABV of 14.5%.

The color of the wine is cherry red. On the nose there's black cherries, blackberries, black olives, licorice, vanilla, a big old plank of wood, and ethanol fumes. This nose is just awesome! On the palate it's medium bodied with tight chalky tannins and a bit of a tart acidity. There's flavors of black cherries, blackberries, green pepper, herbs, and clay. Then it finishes astringent with black cherries, black tea, and even a little bit of Smarties candy.

Damn, that's good. Structured and strong but still complex with intricacies. I'm going to let the rest of the bottle sit, and I can't wait to see how it turns out tomorrow.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $30
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hess Select Rosé 2019


This is the third and final wine on this round of Hess reviews, and we're going pink!

The 2019 Hess Select Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir from several California appellations, fermented in stainless steel, and has a 13.5% ABV. It's got a beautiful and vibrant pink color, a medium body, and a balanced acidity that keeps things fruity without getting tart. There's a cloud of floralness hovering over aromas and flavors of strawberries, cherries, and peaches. Then it finishes just as juicy as the midpalate. 

This is a lipsmacking, juice-forward Rosé that you can cradle and enjoy all night and not be tempted by crisp acidity to toss down your gullet too quick. I really liked it, and for the price I have got to give it a Recommendation.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $12
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Hess Select Pinot Gris 2019


This is the second wine of three by Hess that I'm in the midst of reviewing right now, and I've saved the best for a Sunday. Ever since I first had their Pinot Gris I've been ranting and raving about it. I mean, it's just awesome. And this is the latest vintage.

The 2019 Pinot Gris was fermented in stainless steel to make it all about lively fresh fruit, and it underwent lees stirring to kick some stone fruit up in there. On the nose there's pears and nectarines and citrus. See? All about that lively fresh fruit. One the palate it's medium bodied with an acidity that is present but doesn't get carried away. Lemon zest climbs into the action on the flavors while pears, nectarines, and citrus remain involved. Then it finishes crisp with lemon zest and nectarines.

This is anything but your boring mid-priced PG. It's got the character to sit there and slowly savor all night, but it's also got the spunk to use as a crisp refresher that you toss down your gullet. I love this stuff.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $12
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hess Select Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018

Hess Select Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018

It was just in January that Hess had a few reviews on the blog and they're back again for three more, and this time they're all from their Select selection.

I'm starting off with their 2018 Central Coast Pinot Noir. It's 100% Pinot Noir from the 667 and Pommard clones. The Sarmento Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands is "featured" in this vintage, although I'm not entirely sure what that means exactly. Is it actually single vineyard or just mostly from that vineyard? The color of the wine is a luminous garnet. The aroma shows raspberries, plums, vanilla, clove, and a little touch of mint. On the palate it's light to medium bodied with a present but tamed acidity, soft tannin, and a gritty earthiness among the aroma descriptors. Then it finishes silky and lip-smacking.

It's a solid Pinot Noir and I enjoyed drinking it, but for a $20 Pinot Noir you can definitely do much better. That said, I don't think you would be disappointed in the purchase.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $20
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Viña Zorzal Graciano 2016, March Wine Pick


Graciano is pretty much the Spanish alternative to Pinot Noir and it's become one of my favorite underrated varietals. Viña Zorzal's Graciano is not only an affordable one but it also offers crazy quality for the price. I mean, this stuff is poured by the glass at Michelin star restaurants, for crying out loud. It's medium bodied with tightly grained tannins that soften up beautifully upon airing out, and it's got a bit of a tart acidity that makes for an excellent food wine. There's aromas and flavors of juicy black cherries, blueberries, bitter dark chocolate, cedar, and a concrete minerality. It's just one of the best bang-for-your-buck bottles out there, and you should not pass up the opportunity to snatch this up if you can.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $12
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased with my own money 
the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

It's Flashback February again!


As I do every year in February, I'll be taking the month off from writing and step on the Cosmic Treadmill to pay respect to the past. Every day on my social media accounts I'll be sharing my greatest hits of original memes in the morning or afternoons (whenever I get to it), and then at night my best wine nerd articles. On the top of every page of the blog I'll also have a link to that featured article of the day. Now that I've taken a step back from writing as much as I used to, it's been really nice to see what I did for so many years. I hope you guys enjoy looking back as much as I did. Cheers!

Penfold's Club Tawny, February Wine Pick of the Month

Penfold's Club Tawny

It's February again so it's time to pull out a fortified wine and keep yourselves warm! This year I've picked a staple of mine for when things get cold: Penfold's Club Tawny. It's made with Mataro (AKA Mourvédre), Shiraz (AKA Syrah), and Grenache (AKA Garnacha) from South Australia, and then produced in the Tawny style of Port. They've been making this stuff for almost 60 years and it's always one of the best deals out there for fortified wine, and it's got an 18% ABV so be careful!

The color of the wine is cherry red turning into brick, and on the nose there'e aromas stewed plums, cherry sauce, dried apricots, caramel, and mint. It's got a full body with a wonderful lipsmacking sweetness that doesn't get out of hand and a nice acidity to compliment it. There's flavors of stewed plums, raisins, cherry sauce, dark chocolate, walnuts, and brown sugar. I just love everything about this.

The snow is coming, and sipping some Club Tawny in between shovelings will keep you warm and happy. Cheers, guys!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $15
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself with my own money for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Terrunyo Block 27 Peumo Vineyard Carmenere 2017


This is the third of three Carmeneres made by Concha y Toro that I'm reviewing this month! Terrunyo is from Block 27 of the Peumo Vineyard in Chachapoal Valley, Chile. It's 100% Carmenere that was aged in French oak for 9 months, and it has an ABV of 14.4%.

I apologize because I need to make this one quick, and I'm pretty sure you prefer me to shut up and give it to you straight anyway. The color of the wine is legit purple. On the palate it's medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and balanced acidity. For aromas and flavors there's black cherry, strawberry, black pepper, green pepper, caramel, and vanilla extract. It finishes with a smooth coating of black cherry and caramel and a smile.

I've learned that with the multiple vintages of this Carmenere that I've had you just can't go wrong. It's always fantastic, and that remains true here. So the next time you see a ribeye on sale at your local grocery market, pick this bad boy up to drink with it and treat yourself.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $40
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2017


This is the second Carmenere from Concha y Toro that I'm reviewing this month! Marques de Casa Concha's 2017 Carmenere is 90% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit is from Peumo Vineyard in Cachapoal Valley, Chile, and the vines were planted from 1994 through 1996 on alluvial silty-clay soil. The wine spent 14 months in French oak barrels and has an ABV of 14.3%.

The color of the wine is a deep cherry red and on the nose there's aromas of plums, red cherries, black pepper, and mint chocolate. It's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel, grainy tannin, and mellow acidity. For flavors the red cherries on the nose turn to black cherries, and the plums, black pepper, and mint chocolate return with a new friend of belly-warming Ancho chile. Then it finishes with black cherries and caramel.

$25 and worth every cent. This is a fruit-forward, juicy Carmenere that I continue to recommend to my customers vintage after vintage.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $25
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Speyburn 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky


Tomorrow is the 25th of January and Speyburn Scotch is raising their glass to the Scottish poet Robert Burns. He's the guy that wrote "Auld Lang Syne", the song you pretend to know the lyrics to on New Year's Eve. So why am I posting this today? Because I hate it when I see stuff like this and it's too late to run out and buy whatever you need. "Oh. It's 10pm and I just learned it's National Hot Dog Day. Awesome." So, my friends, you'll need a bottle of Speyburn for tomorrow night!

Speyburn Scotch was first distilled on December 15, 1897 by John Hopkins. The 10 year old Single Malt is aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry American oak. It's medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel with notes of orange peel, lemon, honey, and just a little bit of peat. It's a mellow, easy drinking Scotch that makes for a very good everyday whiskey at $30 a bottle. I'm enjoying the heck out of it! Cheers, everybody! And cheers to Robert Burns!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Quickie: San Silvestro Ottone I Barbera 2018


Barbera is an extremely versatile red wine that you can pair with virtually any food or just drink by itself. So it’s a common suggestion of mine for when you don’t know what’s being served or you want one bottle to pair with multiple courses. San Silvestro’s Ottone I Barbera is only $10 and it’s absolutely delicious. It’s medium bodied with soft tannin and bright acidity, and there’s notes of cherries, blackberries, and a little leather and tobacco. Next time you need a middle of the week wine for tacos or pizza, give this guy a try!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere 2017


I’ve got three Carmeneres by Concha y Toro to review this month, and this is the first! Gran Reserva’s 2017 Carmenere is 93.2% Carmenere, 6.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.6% Merlot, and it has an ABV of 13.7%. It spent 10 months in oak barrels (80% French and 20% American) and 5,000 liter casks.

It’s a garnet leaning more towards purple in color. On the nose there’s aromas of blackberries, strawberry candy, dusty cement, vanilla and chocolate. On the palate it’s medium bodied with super smooth mouthfeel and soft but chalky tannin. There’s flavors of blackberries, plums, green peppers, black table pepper, and caramel. Then it finishes with smooth blackberries, tart cranberries, and a bit too much sweet caramel.

This is some big juicy fruit, which I was not expecting, and quite enjoyable. And for $17 it’s just the right price.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $17
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was provided free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Beacon Meadery Blueberry Mead and Black Currant Mead


I posted about Beacon Meadery's Raspberry Mead on Thanksgiving, and today I've got their Blueberry Mead and Black Currant Mead! Beacon Meadery is out of Setauket, New York. Chris Parles is the meadmaker and head of operations, Justin Feldstein is the marketer and hi-tech digital guy, and they established Beacon together in 2018. Their philosophy is to use the best quality ingredients with the least amount of intervention as possible to allow the fruit and honey to truly express themselves.

The Blueberry is garnet in color while the Black Currant is a vibrant cherry red. And while the Blueberry is light and mellow, the Black Currant is a juice bomb with more tartness (but not as tart as the Raspberry). And although they both obviously smell and taste like the respective fruits that they're made from, the Blueberry has an earthiness to it and a little vanilla while the Black Currant also shows some cranberry and caramel. Both of these guys are awesome in their own way. Like I said, the Blueberry is lighter and less fruity while the Black Currant practically punches you in the face.

While I do like all three of the meads made by Beacon, I think the Black Currant is my favorite of them all. It has been such a pleasure to taste these meads, and if you see them you should not pass up the opportunity to try them yourself.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017


It's one of my favorite moments to be alive: Chardonnay time! Hess Collection's 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay from their Su'skol Estate Vineyard. 70% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel while the other 30% was barrel fermented and allowed malolactic fermentation. Then it spent 9 months on the lees in French oak, 19% of it new, and it has a 14.4% ABV. 

The color of the wine is light gold. On the nose there's aromas of apples, lemon, butter, caramel, and vanilla. On the palate it's full bodied with a smooth, buttery mouthfeel and a low acidity that's just present enough to brighten things up a bit on the finish. There's flavors of apples, pineapples, pears, vanilla, and oak. Then the finish leaves a long lasting thick, buttery coating of tropical fruit and oak. This is a solid, reliable, enjoyable Chard for $22!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $22
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hess Allomi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Hess's Allomi wines out of Napa Valley are named after Rancho Locoallomia, the original Spanish land grant which the native Patwin people lent their name. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Sirah, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and 2% Merlot. 27% spent 18 months in new American barrels and it has a 14.5% ABV.

Alright, enough of those percentages! The wine is cherry red in color with aromas of medicinal cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and lavender. On the palate it's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel, a bit of a tart acidity, and chewy tannin. There's flavors of juicy cherry and plum, chocolate, and graphite, and it finishes lush but with that slightly tart acidity. For a $32 purchase, it's a solid Napa Cabernet at its price point.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $32
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was provided free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore


This delicious bubbly is pale yellow in color with some speedy sprinty bubbles. I hope you like apples because for aromas and flavors it's very, very green apple-y! But there's also notes of lychee, lime, and toast so it's not straight-up fizzy apples. It's got a wonderful creamy froth on the mouthfeel but still finishes crispy and refreshing. Valdo has been solid for the price and consistent in quality since I can remember, and here I see that it continues to be.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $20
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was given as a gift and I chose to use for this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Piper Heidsieck Cuvée Brut Champagne, January Wine Pick


It's January of 2020 so it's time to toast to the New Year! My wine pick of the month is Piper Heidsieck Cuvée Brut Champagne, which has been one of my favorite bubblies for many years. It's pale yellow in color with aromas of green apples, pears, lime peel, and toast. On the palate it's medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a bright acidity. For flavors it's heavy on the lime with teammates of red berries, brie crust, and ginger. This is an excellent deal in Champagne for the price, and just one hell of a wine!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $45
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.
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