Joel Gott Zinfandel 2015

I’m pretty sure this wine came from World Market on one of our wine buying sprees. Might have been the day we bought a couch…the trips to World Market run together so.

We haven’t been drinking much lately, a combination of my running schedule and a general desire to weigh less have motivated us to cut down on the booooze.

Tonight was a nice relaxing evening of culinary endeavors so I opted for this bottle, which seemed a bit more serious and robust compared to the bottle of red blend with a reindeer on it.

And robust it was, at first taste it was right there in your face, though where else would it be I suppose. It’s got a lot of body to it without a boatload of fruitiness. I like this wine a great deal. The color of it is dark and rich and sparkling in the mixed light of the dining room on the grounds of our stately manor house.

I went off script a bit just then. Back to the wine, what else can you say that hasn’t already been said? Just cliches anymore at this point. You should buy some of it though. This Joel Gott fellow knows what’s up in Zinfandel craftsmanship.

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Vecchia Cantina Rosso di Montepulciano 2014

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Winery: Vecchia Cantina
Varietal: Rosso di Montepulciano
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Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $8.65
Date Consumed: 8/20/2017

Review/Notes: This one followed a glass or two of Riesling. It was paired with some risotto with carrots and balsamic chicken. The risotto was pretty excellent. The wine also good. A little on the thin side, which isn’t bad on such a hot day. It wasn’t particularly exciting but the price was right 🙂 

Poizin Zinfandel 2014

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Winery: Armida Winery
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 8/6/17

Review/Notes: I am pretty sure we have had a different year of this one… It isn’t bad, not very heavy, good for a summer night. It has a hint of fruit but not too much. It’s fairly smooth as well. I would pick it up again.

Rib Shack Red 2015

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Winery: Douglas Green
Varietal: Red Blend
Composition: 60% Pinotage, 40% Shiraz

Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.99
Date Consumed: 7/31/17

Review/Notes: I was looking forward to trying this one. It got uncorked (uncapped rather) to go with some homemade bacon cheeseburgers with fried egg toppers. It was a bit sweet out of the bottle but pretty tightly constructed. It had a hint of cherry I think. A bit sweeter than I care for but it had a nice spicy bite to it.

Chateau Montet Bordeaux 2014

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Winery: Chateau Montet
Varietal: Bordeaux
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Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $8.65
Date Consumed: 7/24/17

Review/Notes: This one got uncorked with some pasta. It was pretty tasty, my memory of tastes is probably a bit hazy but this might be the best sub $10 bottle of Bordeaux I’ve had. It’s a bit acidic and not overly fruity but not too dry and not too sweet. I think I would get it again if I saw it at Total Wine. 

Argento Malbec 2015

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Winery: Bodega Argento
Varietal: Malbec
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Date Purchased: 4/17/17
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: $12.99 but bought as BOGO so about $6.50 per bottle
Date Consumed: 7/23/17

Review/Notes: This one got served with some pasta with a white wine cream sauce. It was nice, not too fruity and not too acidic. Have had some bad luck with some Malbec in the past but was pleased with this one. 

Domaine Guy Mousset Cotes du Rhone 2015

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Winery: Domaine Guy Mousset
Varietal: Cotes du Rhone
Composition: 80% Grenache & 20% Syrah

Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.51
Date Consumed: 7/20/17

Review/Notes: This one got uncorked after a couple Shiner Bocks that closed out a rough afternoon. I’ve not had great luck finding the value French wines but this one is probably my favorite in that category so far. It went pretty well with chicken picatta and it went pretty well after chicken picatta too, bonus. We got a couple bottles of this one so that’s good, looking forward to the next one. It’s got a bit of an edge to it and you can pick up some fruit. It’s not particularly heavy, maybe a little acidic but not overwhelmingly so. I would buy it again. 

La Maldita Garnacha Rioja 2015

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Winery: Vinedos La Maldita
Varietal: Rioja
Composition: 100% Garnacha

Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.99
Date Consumed: 7/17/17

Review/Notes: This one has a dark, fruity taste to it. I didn’t really pick up on it at first while I was eating pizza, hard to imagine I’m sure. It’s smooth and a bit spicy with some dark cherry or something going on. It’s got some fun stuff going on, I like it!

Bellini Chianti 2015

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Winery: Bellini
Varietal: Chianti
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Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $8.65
Date Consumed: 7/14/17

Review/Notes: In honor of Bastille Day we are totally having spaghetti and meatballs, maybe we are geographically and historically challenged…or maybe we just wanted meatballs? Maybe someday we’ll know? 

So we naturally opened a chianti to go with this meal. It worked out pretty well, a bit fruity and a bit dry, worked out ok with the tomato sauce though. It was rather smooth too, all in all not a bad deal for $8.65…