Mark West Black Pinot Noir 2015

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Winery: Mark West
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Date Purchased: 12/3/2016
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: $13.99 but bought as a BOGO so $7.00/bottle
Date Consumed: 1/7/2017

Review/Notes: After a cold day in North Florida comprised of a longish run ending with numb fingers and a cooler temperature at the finish than the start we decided to make some comforting spaghetti and meatballs. This Pinot followed a round of Dark N’Stormies. 

I don’t think I cared for the last Mark West wine that we had but this one was more to my liking. It was quite smooth with subtle fruit, a bit of nice depth to it as well. We are enjoying it, which is good because there is another bottle. It worked with the tomato-based sauce on the pasta nicely too, double bonus. 

Lucky Goat Reserva Red Blend 2014

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Winery: Errazuriz Ovalle Vineyards
Varietal: Red Blend
Composition: 60% Merlot, 40% Malbec

Date Purchased: 11/19/16
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 1/6/2017

Review/Notes: This one was selected to go with some spiralized zucchini and carrots with a sesame and peanut sauce. The goat is a little acidic and a little fruity. It is pretty full on the palate and it worked nicely with a slightly spicy entree. It is a smooth wine. Would pick this one up again…

Marques de Monistrol Brut Cava NV

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Winery: Marques de Monistrol
Varietal: Brut
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Date Purchased: 8/27/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 12/31/2016

Review/Notes: We popped the top on this one on New Year’s Eve. It was nice and a bit yeasty and certainly a welcome end to a long day. 

Four Vines Truant Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

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Winery: Four Vines
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Date Purchased: 11/19/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 12/15/2016

Review/Notes: We uncorked this one after some Campari-based beverages and some cheese dip and some pepperoni pizza. It was a little fruity and spicy and a nice December wine. A bit sweet and not overly acidic. I think the bottle explained why they named this particular wine truant but I don’t really get it… I should probably read the bottle again after a few more glasses. I would get it again.

Motto Gung Ho Red Blend 2013

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Winery: MOTTO Wines
Varietal: Red Blend
Composition: 60% Zinfandel, 23% Petit Verdot, 17% Petite Sirah

Date Purchased: 11/28/2016
Location Purchased: Publix
Cost: $14.19 but bought as a BOGO so $7.10 per bottle
Date Consumed: 12/11/2016

Review/Notes: This one got served with my turkey corn chowder, the chowder was good as was the wine. It was very full-bodied, a bit fruity. Thought it was an interesting blend and I like that it is Gung Ho 🙂 I’m looking forward to the second bottle…

Pietro Sangiovese di Toscana 2015

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Winery: Pietro
Varietal: Sangiovese
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Date Purchased: 11/19/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.49
Date Consumed: 12/10/16

Review/Notes: Ahhhh Sangiovese it’s been so long. This one was uncorked to go along with some pasta. The pasta was a crazy mashup of leftover meatballs and bacon and tomato sauce and some cream, frankendinner if you will. At least the ditalini were fresh. 

The wine was nice though, a touch acidic and substantial enough. Not too fruity. It worked well with the pasta.

Charles de Fere Cuvee Jean Louis Blanc de Blancs NV

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Winery: Charles de Fere
Varietal: Blanc de Blancs Brut
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Date Purchased: 11/20/2016
Location Purchased: World Market
Cost: $8.79
Date Consumed: 11/26/2016

Review/Notes: This one got popped after unpacking the car from a long trip. Never tasted sweeter. The cork had a great sort of yeasty, bready smell to it. I’m really enjoying the balance of this one, nice and crisp with a hint of fruit to it. It’s got good acidity and not too much sweetness. I’m really glad we have another bottle of this one out there…

Chateau Bellevue Bordeaux 2014

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Winery: Chateau Bellevue
Varietal: Bordeaux
Composition: 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

Date Purchased: 11/19/16
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 11/24/2016

Review/Notes: It was a busy day of drinking. Thanksgiving. Enough said. This one came out after the cranberry mimosas (also known as poinsettias, though this is a pointless and needlessly seasonal name in my opinion). The bottles had been living in the booze travel crate on the floor of our cabin in North Carolina and this one was nicely chilled when we popped the cork. Not the most appropriate temperature methinks. Happily it was tabled in favor of some Chardonnay during the meal. After the meal and some forced family picture taking I was ready for some more wine and since this bottle was already opened I felt compelled to finish it off. It was better after warming up a little bit and also after drinking a lot of other things but I suppose that when you are paying $9.99 for a Bordeaux you are going to get $9.99 worth of Bordeaux. There are probably better bargains out there from different regions.

This one is a little thin and slightly acidic. Probably doesn’t pair wonderfully with turkey or pie or casserole… It smells ok though. On the plus side we do have another bottle of it so that might be fun…

Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2014

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Winery: Ferrari-Carano
Varietal: Chardonnay
Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Date Purchased: 11/19/16
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $19.97
Date Consumed: 11/24/2016

Review/Notes: This was our special Thanksgiving meal wine despite the fact that none of us really drink Chardonnay. We are mainly red drinkers and some giant fans of Pinot Grigio. I think we enjoyed this one more than the Pinot lovers.

It was very nice and oaky and a bit complex. It had some good depth to it, much more substantial than a $6.99 Pinot Grigio. It wasn’t too buttery or creamy and this was a good thing. I kept filling my glass back up, enjoying the variety. The day started with cranberry mimosas, which are apparently called Poinsettias but I refuse to refer to them as such. We then transitioned briefly to a Bordeaux, which you will see the review for next. There was only one short glass of that before we plunged headlong into Chardonnay Country.

I was maybe a little too excited about all of the wine that we brought on our Thanksgiving excursion but I was also anticipating drinking a lot of it….ahhhh yes. Thanksgiving, what can you say?

In short, the Ferrari-Carano was delicious, just as good as I remember it. This wine was a favorite of my father, which might be part of the reason why I think so fondly of it, but it is also a really nice wine, crisp and clean. I’m sad that we powered through two bottles of it.

L’Oca Ciuca Rosso 2014

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Winery: L’Oca Ciuca
Varietal: Red Blend
Composition: 40% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Syrah

Date Purchased: 10/2/2016
Location Purchased: Total Wine
Cost: $9.99
Date Consumed: 11/14/2016

Review/Notes: We opened this one to go with some leftover pot roast and noodles. The drunken goose was a good pick. It’s long enough on the palate and nicely balanced between sweetness and acidity. It’s got a nice bit of fruit and spiciness. It’s not like mind-blowingingly awesome but it’s a really nice wine, very drinkable. Would definitely get this one again.