Taittinger La Francaise Brut NV


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Winery: Taittinger
Varietal: Brut
Composition: 40% Chardonnay, 60% Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier

Date Purchased: 5/13/2017
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $46.99
Date Consumed: 5/14/2017

Review/Notes: We uncorked this one festively for Mother’s Day. Mom seemed to enjoy it. It’s a nice bottle, pretty subtle, nothing really overwhelming the palate. I really enjoyed how crisp it was but it really should be, shouldn’t it? In any event, great bottle, wouldn’t turn it down in the future.

Castle Rock Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


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Winery: Castle Rock Winery
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Purchased: Sometime in April?
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: Maybe $11 but bought as a BOGO
Date Consumed: 6/15/17

Review/Notes: This one had a bit of a spicy note right out of the bottle that was jazzy. We had it with lasagna and it stood up really nicely to the acidity. It seemed very nicely balanced, good amount of fruit to it with a nice finish. I’m hoping we have another bottle of this in the rack…

Bogle Zinfandel 2014


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Winery: Bogle Vineyards
Varietal: Zinfandel
Composition: Zinfandel

Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.99
Date Consumed: 5/8/17

Review/Notes: Soooo this one graced a lovely Monday evening full of pizza leftovers. We uncorked it while working on a kitchen project and enjoyed it throughout the evening. We’re painting our pantry door with chalkboard paint so we can keep a grocery list and meal planning list somewhere easy to access. More to come on that.

The wine was very full-bodied with a bit of cherry maybe underlying the whole thing. I’m really enjoying it while I sit on the patio with the dogs on this beautiful evening. Our oldest dog, ringing in at 17 years old, is currently laying on my foot. So the wine is delightful, full with a bit of acidity to it, really nicely balanced though. It even worked well with the tomato sauce on the pizza.

Vina Eguia Tempranillo 2013


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Winery: Vina Eguia
Varietal: Tempranillo
Composition: 100% Tempranillo

Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.99
Date Consumed: 4/24/17

Review/Notes: I got to pick my dog up from the emergency vet this morning where she had been spending a not inexpensive weekend. At 17 years old things that are rather more routine for our younger dog require quite a bit more work. So that whole experience contributed to my general level of exhaustion over the weekend. Happily we have plenty of wine. Last night was a zin, tonight we opened this rioja. 

This one was a bit abrupt right out of the bottle as well but softened up nicely. It’s got a bit of fruitiness to it but not too sweet. I would describe it as a bit edgy. My allergies are insane right now so I’m probably missing out on some of the subtle nuance but I’m still enjoying it quite a bit.

Zinfatuation Zinfandel 2014


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Winery: Trinchero Napa Valley
Varietal: Zinfandel

Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.99
Date Consumed: 4/24/17

Review/Notes: We uncorked this wine while preparing a porterhouse. It was a bit acidic at first taste but mellowed out in the glass nicely. It wasn’t too fruity or sweet, nicely balanced. I think we have had this wine, maybe from a different year, previously and I would be happy to try it again in the future.

Jacqueline Leonne Brut NV


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Winery: Jacqueline Leonne Cellars
Varietal: Brut
Composition: 75% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir

Date Purchased: 10/2/1026
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $14.99
Date Consumed: 4/10/17

Review/Notes: This one we were saving for a special night, not sure why but we were and that special night finally arrived! In the immortal words of Flo Rida…”Open up the champagne….pop!” This wine is from New Mexico of all places, kinda fun, kinda different. I feel like the last time we had a wine from a non-traditional wine region we realized why more wines aren’t made there. This one breaks that pattern though as it is quite nice.

The cork smelled fresh and a bit like a bakery in a good way. This wine was crisp and a little less than brut, with respect to dryness. It was bright on the palate. I might get this one again, it’s perfectly serviceable but my mind isn’t really blown by the nascent wine growing region of New Mexico. 

Rare Red Red Wine


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We got two bottles of this at Publix as a BOGO, I think it was maybe $14 per bottle, this is the first of the two bottles. We had this with pasta with red sauce. It did pretty well with the acidity of the tomato sauce and it was pretty accessible right out of the bottle.

The label claims it is more on the dry and full-bodied sides of those separate scales and I would tend to agree with that assessment. I’m enjoying this one and would get it again.

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

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.