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.

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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.

Banfi Centine Rosso 2013

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Winery: Banfi
Varietal: Red Blend
Composition: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Purchased: 4/13/17
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 6/17/17

Review/Notes: I was hoping this one would be more exciting, coming off the tasty Cabernet earlier this week. It was pretty flat though. It worked out well with pasta, acidity wasn’t an issue. Towards the end of the bottle was much nicer than the beginning.

(Black Sheep) Le Grand Pinot Noir 2015

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We picked up a couple bottles of this one BOGO at Publix last week. We decided to try it out tonight with some fried zucchini and pasta with a sausage, tomato, carrot, zucchini, and onion red sauce. It was nice with the fried zucchini but didn’t really have the heft to stand up to an acidic, and slightly spicy, pasta sauce. It is still a nice bottle though, light with a little fruit and not too sweet. Looking forward to drinking the other bottle with something other than red sauce.

Whiplash Zinfandel 2014

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Winery: Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
Varietal: Zinfandel
Composition: Zinfandel

Date Purchased: 5/9/2017
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: $13.99 but bought as BOGO so about $7.00 per bottle
Date Consumed: 5/21/2017

Review/Notes: This one was uncorked to go with some Mexican food, weird pairing maybe but it works. The wine is lighter, little bit of fruit, nice for a warmer evening on the patio in Florida. It’s approachable, like an old friend. 

Barossa Valley Estate GSM 2015

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Winery: Barossa Valley Estate
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre
Composition: 35% Grenache, 34% Shiraz, 31% Mourvedre

Date Purchased: 4/30/2017
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: $14.99 but bought as BOGO so $7.50 per bottle
Date Consumed: 5/14/2017

Review/Notes: We might have already had the other bottle of this one… It was great with our burgers though. It’s kinda spicy and light and a little bit of fruit and it was great for our evening on the patio.

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

Review/Notes:┬áThis 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.