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…

S. Andrea un Colle Il Rosso 2015

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Winery: San Andrea in Colle
Varietal: Sangiovese
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Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $8.65
Date Consumed: 7/6/17

Review/Notes: This one got uncorked to go with some pasta in advance of race day on Saturday, carbing up with some vino. It wasn’t terrible, a little thin, not excellent with the tomato sauce but not a terrible wine. For the price really not a bad red…

Las Almenas Tempranillo 2013

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Winery: Las Almenas
Varietal: Tempranillo
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Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $8.65
Date Consumed: 6/24/17

Review/Notes: This one got uncorked while some homemade pizzas were in progress. It’s a bit spicy with some nice hints of fruit. It’s a bit on the dry side and I was a little worried during the first glass that it was going to be too thin but it opened up nicely. Not a bad wine for under $10.

Domaine de la Presidente Cotes du Rhone 2015

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Winery: Domaine de la Presidente
Varietal: Cotes du Rhone
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Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $8.65
Date Consumed: 6/18/17

Review/Notes: Right out of the bottle this one wasn’t blowing me away with utter awesomeness. By the second glass it wasn’t as bad? Maybe it needed some air, maybe after a couple rum drinks and a glass of wine my palate is much less persnickety? It was ok with dinner but despite the label’s promise, I am not amazed by its complexity. Sadly we have not yet found the really awesome bottle of French wine that costs less than $10…it’s entirely possible that such a thing does not presently exist. We will keep looking though.