Locatour Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Publix 12/30/2016 $15.49 but bogo 

We had this wine after a long day of exercising and washing the dog. After riding 56 miles with a bonus 2 mile transition run, I was very excited to get to bathe our 90+ pound chocolate lab. Brown dog was pretty excited about it too.

I made some penne carbonara for dinner to carb up before the 20 mile run in store for tomorrow. This wine went well with the pasta. It’s pretty smooth, not too acidic or fruity, pretty well balanced. I would drink some more of this one!

Chateau L’Oiseau Bordeaux 2014

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Winery: Chateau L’Oiseau
Varietal: Bordeaux
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Date Purchased: 10/2/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 3/20/17

Review/Notes: Uncorked this one to celebrate Monday being mostly done. I was making some pasta and feeling the need for an old world red. First impressions were that this one is rather dry. It has some depth to it, which I like, but not much brightness. I would almost describe it as earthy. Probably not really a spring wine.

It was a bit tinny with the red sauce. As the bottle has been open longer and we’ve had more wine it definitely seems more full on the palate. Definitely more agreeable as the bottle wears on…

Love Noir Pinot Noir 2015

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We got this one at Publix as a BOGO, $11.49 for two bottles. Its got a fun bottle but can the wine stand up to the bottle awesomeness…drink on to see! 

I made some green beans with more cauliflower mash and some sautéed chicken with a cream sherry sauce. The green beans might have been my favorite item. None of this specifically went with the Love Noir. The first glass, with dinner, didn’t blow my doors off. It tasted a bit thin, not very robust. It’s got a bit of fruitiness to it and the second glass is going down smoother. It still has a slightly acidic twang to it but I’m less put off by it the more I drink, which is probably more a reflection on me than the wine? 

I’m interested to see what the other bottle does.

Locatour Red Blend 2014

Publix 12/30/2016 $15.49 bogo with cab 

So this one was a BOGO and we weren’t committed to getting 4 bottles so we split the red blend and cab. We had polished off 3 Dark N’Stormies made with Cruzan Black Strap prior to dinner so going in this wine was going to be good. We served it with NY Strip and cauliflower mash and green beans. 

This one is a bit fruity and lighter, not too acidic. Not the best match for red meat but perfectly accessible when 3 drinks in. I am excited to try the cab we’ve got in the rack. This one is nice and light, good warm weather wine. 

Chateau Planeres Cotes du Roussillon 2014

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Winery: Chateau Planeres
Varietal: Cotes du Roussillon
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Date Purchased: 11/20/2016
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $7.99
Date Consumed: 3/7/2017

Review/Notes: This one got stuck with some pasta with red sauce, it was not my favorite out of the box (or bottle). The red sauce didn’t go super great with it, the acidity wasn’t fantastic with this wine. Not a huge amount of fruit or body to it but it was nice and wet. 

I’m still looking for that great bargain French wine, still haven’t found it. Any suggestions?

Aspaldi Rioja Cosecha 2014

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Winery: Aspaldi
Varietal: Rioja
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Date Purchased: 11/19/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 2/7/2017

Review/Notes: We popped the top off of this bad boy to commemorate night three of pork fried in different ways. Last night we had a Zinfandel that was very nice with pork cubed steaks, tonight we had bread crumb battered and fried pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and onion gravy with some lima beans on the side. 

This wine is not overly fruity, it’s got some nice body to it and a decent level of acidity. It’s more on the dry side. It’s not overwhelmingly amazing but it’s not bad by any stretch, I would drink it again but I might not seek it out.

Artero Crianza 2013

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Winery: Artero
Varietal: Crianza
Composition: 57% Merlot, 32% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah

Date Purchased: 11/19/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 1/17/2017

Review/Notes: This one got served with some meatloaf. It is not too fruity, a little bit on the dry side with decent acidity. I’m enjoying it so far. We generally enjoy the Spanish wines and this one is no exception.

Bolla Prosecco NV

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Winery: Bolla
Varietal: Prosecco
Composition: 100% Glera

Date Purchased: 12/3/2016
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: $12.49 but bought as BOGO so $6.25 per bottle
Date Consumed: 1/16/2017

Review/Notes: We uncorked this one to celebrate my birthday after a lovely dinner at the Mexican restaurant. It was good, not too fruity, not too dry. 

Fabla Calatayud Old Vines Grenache 2014

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Winery: Fabla Calatayud
Varietal: Grenache
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Date Purchased: 11/19/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $10.99
Date Consumed: 1/15/2017

Review/Notes: We ran out of beer so I decided we were going to have wine with our tacos tonight, I picked this Spanish wine because Spanish food and Mexican food share some similarities right? 

This one is a bit fruity and full on the palate, almost a little bitter. It was nice enough but not fantastic, I think we’ve had this wine from a different year. I normally like Grenache but this one didn’t blow my doors off.

Terrasses de Cabrio Saint Chinian 2012

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Winery: Cave de Roquebrun
Varietal: Saint Chinian
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Date Purchased: 11/20/2016
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.79
Date Consumed: 1/10/2017

Review/Notes: The cork did not want to come out of this one, it got a little mangled on the way out so I employed the butler’s corkscrew to finish the job. It smelled a little wonky at first, what with the cork and all I was worried it might be off but the first sip was deep and complex? Maybe it wasn’t complex but the first gulp was nice either way. 

For dinner there was rice and sautéed zucchini with some chicken with a nice onion gravy/sauce that was light and really good (if I do say so myself). The wine worked pretty well with all of that. This wine has a bit of bite to it, a bit acidic. It’s not particularly sweet or fruity. Just nice. 

And now Paul Simon is singing about 50 ways to leave your lover and that is making me a bit nostalgic, Pandora is really bringing it tonight with the playlist. But I digress.

My glass is pretty much empty right now so I can come up with no more wine wisdom at this moment.