Posts Tagged ‘wine’

Sayanca Malbec 2016 – Argentina – Wine Review – ALDI

04/23/2017

sayanca, malbec, wine, Argentina, ALDI, 2016, review, priceApril 23, 2017

A fruity aroma escaped the bottle on first opening which quickly disappeared for good. This is a mildly dry and earthy Malbec from Argentina similar to the other two Malbecs (Gestos, Amancay)  recently reviewed.  Red wines generally need a few years to reach their peaks.  As a 2016 vintage, this is a red wine which has most likely not peaked.  But as a $5 wine, does anyone much care?

For me, this is an everyday table wine meant to be consumed with food.  The wine has a fairly strong flavor profile making paring with; red meats, strong cheeses, hearty sauces and of course pizza, obvious choices.  A burrito Jalisco and Jimmy John’s #5 worked well for me on separate days.

Alone, this is still a drinkable wine with sometimes a bit of a bad aftertaste that may make one wish they had spent another dollar or two for a better wine.  But still, this is not bad for the price and I’ve easily had worse.  Price $4.99

 

 

Gestos – Malbec+Malbec – 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

04/09/2017

Trader Joe, Argentina, Gestos Malbec+Malbec, review, price, red wine, 2014April 9, 2017

The gimmick for this wine is the grapes grown at two different altitudes.  That’s how it gets its name and label.  The wine consists of 50% grapes grown at 1100 meters and 50% grapes grown at 700 meters.  The idea is that each altitude (and environment) adds different characteristics to the grapes and ultimately the wine.  And how does that work?

This wine is very similar to the Amancay Malbec reviewed last week.  Both come from the Mendoza region of Argentina.  The aroma is strong and earthy in the glass.  The wine is dry and earthy in the mouth.  The color is deep purple.  There may be a bit more body and a bit less dryness than the Amancay.  This would be a more interesting wine than the Amancay if not for a somewhat harsh aftertaste.  Price $8.99.

Amancay – Malbec – Reserva 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

03/31/2017

March 31, 2017

This Malbec from the Uco Valley of Argentina has a deep purple color in the glass with a mild fruity aroma.  On the first glass there’s a bit of alcohol burn in the nose and the back of the throat.  In the mouth there’s a dry watery feel.  The dryness is not overpowering, but definitely there on the roof of the mouth.  For those who don’t mind a dry red wine, this is a reasonably good wine for the price.  The simple but elegant label is a bonus.  Price $6.99.

Borelli Nero D’Avola IGT NV – Wine Review – ALDI

03/11/2017

March 11, 2017

A medium red color yields a slight earthy aroma in the glass.  After that, there’s not much else.  In the mouth there’s a little alcohol burn and a hint of cherry.  There may be a stray tannin or two which accounts for the earthy taste and mouth feel.   There’s nothing bad or offensive in the taste.  This is a simple $5 wine.  The price sets the expectation for what’s in the bottle.   It’s entirely drinkable, but probably best with food as there’s not much to savor by itself.  While there’s nothing special about this wine, at the same time it’s still equal or better than some $10 wines at mass merchandisers.   Price $4.99

 

 

WPC – A Perfect Match – Wine and Pizza – Photography

02/23/2017

pizza, wine, wpc, matched

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I’m especially proud of this picture because it was made from scratch dough and secret recipe tomato sauce.  Anchovies, onion, green pepper and mozzarella completed the pie.  It was pretty awesome!  Next I’m looking for a pizza peel and a Chef Boyardee hat.  I already have the mustache!

Chateau Haut-Sorillon Bordeaux Superieur – 2013 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

02/23/2017

Trader Joe, wine, Haut-Sorillon, Bordeaux Superieur, 2013, review, priceFebruary 23, 2017

There’s not much on the cork.  In the glass there’s a deep red to purple color and not much aroma.  This is a medium-light bodied simple red wine that tastes good and is easy to drink.  There are a few tannins around to give the wine a little character, but not enough to upset very many people.  There are no negatives.

There’s little information on the bottle or the internet about the grapes or process used to make this wine.  Since it’s a Bordeaux, we can assume most of the grapes used in this wine are Cabernet and Merlot.  Most other reviews on the web give this average ratings (3.5 out of 5).  It’s a fairly mild red wine and should pair well with most foods except the most delicate.  I could sip this all night – regrets in the morning of course.  Price $8.99.

La Finca – Tempranillo – 2015 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

01/31/2017

Trader Joe, La Finca, temranillo, red wine, Argentina, review, mendoza, 2015January 31, 2017

Unpretentious, that’s what a good table wine is.  This is a wine which sits on the dinner table, gets passed around, doesn’t get in the way of the food, and doesn’t get in the way of the conversation.  When the bottle’s empty someone grabs another bottle off the kitchen counter and the cycle repeats.

The wine has a mild earthy taste with just enough roughness around the edge to get your attention for a moment.  There’s not much aroma to go along with a medium red color that makes the wine look watery.  There’s not much bad about the wine.  In fact it’s a nice wine.  It’s just not the star of the show like some wines want to be.  Good and unpretentious, that’s what a table wine should be.   And for a price of $4.49 a bottle it’s easy to fill up that kitchen counter.

Vignobles Lacheteau – 2015 – Vouvray – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

01/25/2017

white wine, review, France, Loire, Vignobles Lacheteau, price, Vouvray, 2015January 25, 2017

Aside from the most difficult screw cap I’ve ever encountered, this was a “sweet” wine.  Well not sweet in the sweet taste sense, rather sweet as in very nice.  The wine actually was slightly sweet to match the faint fruity apple flavor.  The wine had a medium acidity as measured by my stomach and throat, but not enough to require medication.  For me, this is one wine where a little bit of chill brings out the best qualities.

The wine comes from the Vouvray region of the Loire Valley in France.  Although the bottle doesn’t specify the grape, that region is famous for the Chenin Blanc grape.  That grape is likely the source of the juice that ultimately became this wine.

The wine generally gets above average reviews on the web, with some thinking it too sweet for their tastes.  For me, a person who generally avoids white wines, I really liked this one.  Price $7.99.

Trader Joe’s – St. Donatus Balatonboglari Merlot – 2015 – Wine Review

11/19/2016

Hungary, Merlot, semi sweet, St. Donatus, Garamvari, balatonboglariNovember 18, 2016

This one is different.  Read on.

There’s very little aroma when first uncorked.  On first pour, the wine is ruby-red and much lighter than a typical red wine.  The first sip reveals a mild semi-sweet fruity wine as the bottle claims.  There’s nothing intricate in the taste and at the same time nothing bad in the taste.

This wine is all about your expectations.  If you’re looking for something to savor and spend the night discussing the intricacies of Merlots and where this stands in that continuum, this wine is not for you.  If you’re looking for something to have at home with dinner, or just want something to sip, relax with, and not have to in any way think about what’s in the glass, this will serve that purpose.  With some mild red-sauced pasta, the wine worked well.

The key difference here, if you haven’t picked up on it, is the word semi-sweet.  This is a style of wine not usually found on the shelves outside of Hungary where this wine is made.  The sweetness of the wine is noticeable but not sickeningly sweet like some really horrible wines.  This is a nice good quality wine with a different flavor profile.  Price $5.99

Vinas Chilenas Rosario Estate Reserva 2016 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

10/29/2016

vinas chilenas rosario 2016, wine, rose, white wineOctober 29, 2016

If you like house white wines from an open bar at a convention or similar gathering, you’ll like this more than me.  If that doesn’t appeal to you, leave this one on the shelf and look for a better white wine.  In fact those past generally bad convention white wines are the main reason I avoid white wines today.

Lacking any sweetness and having a stomach churning acidity half the bottle ended up being recycled back to sea.  Perhaps in a millennium it will come back as a red.  We can only hope.  Price:  $3.99

 


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