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Weekly Wine Wednesday (01/31/18)

Weekly Wine Wednesday (01/31/18)

Another Weekly Wine Wednesday Is Here!

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For this Weekly Wine Wednesday, I have some exciting news!  Remember back when I set those Glorious Wine Goals for 2018?  Well I am happy to report that I can start checking some of them off as completed!  I’ll be sure to provide an official check-in post for you all to keep up with my progress, every so often.

 

But for today, let’s just dive right into the wines!

 

Also, can you believe the first month of the year is over?  Time flies.

 

 

 

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay | Sonoma Coast, California $19.99 | La Crema is an approachable Chardonnay with yellow pears, melons, lemon curd, a hint of cream and light buttery oak.  I got plenty of fruit on the medium to medium+ mouthfeel.  I found the oak minimal and well integrated for what was present. | 3/5 from thegloriousgrape.com

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2015

Sonoma Coast, California $19.99

3/5

La Crema is an approachable Chardonnay with yellow pears, melons, lemon curd, a hint of cream and light buttery oak.  I got plenty of fruit on the medium to medium+ mouthfeel.  I found the oak minimal and well integrated for what was present.  If this is your style Chardonnay, you can pick up a bottle here!

 

Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Alexander Valley, California $18.99 | Simi is a bold yet easy drinking Cabernet.  It showed a bright acidity with flavors and aromas of blackberry and raspberry, medium+ tannins and nice long legs.  Paired well with BBQ beef ribs on the grill. | Rated 3.5/5 by thegloriousgrape.com
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Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Alexander Valley, California $18.99

3.5/5

Simi is a bold yet easy drinking Cabernet.  It showed a bright acidity with flavors and aromas of blackberry and raspberry, medium+ tannins and nice long legs.  Paired well with BBQ beef ribs on the grill.  If you’d like to give this a shot, you can buy it online here.

 

Mark West California Pinot Noir 2014 | California $12.99 | Mark West is a surprisingly good Pinot!  The nose shows black olives, dirt coated cherries and spiced oak.  A thin mouthfeel with light-medium body and flavors of oak, plum and raspberry with a long oaky finish.  For a weekday wine, I'd suggest giving this a shot. | Rated 3.5/5 by thegloriousgrape.com

Mark West California Pinot Noir 2014

California $12.99

3.5/5

Mark West is a surprisingly good Pinot!  The nose shows black olives, dirt coated cherries and spiced oak.  A thin mouthfeel with light-medium body and flavors of oak, plum and raspberry with a long oaky finish.  For a weekday wine, I’d suggest giving this a shot.  You can pick up the 2016 vintage here.

 

Sur La Table
 

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2015 | Napa Valley, California $11.99 | I can see why this is a popular and highly-rated wine (Robert Parker consistently rates 90pts).  Not only is the price right but it is absolutely delicious.  Aromas of honey and syrupy pears set the stage for flavors that start with a fresh and crisp saline minerality, move into delicate florals and then delve into peaches and honey.  Off dry with a medium body and an ever so slight effervescence.  One of my new favorite everyday whites!  I highly recommend this one, and suggest you all try it for yourselves! | Rated 4/5 by thegloriousgrape.com

 

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2015

Napa Valley, California $11.99

4/5

I can see why this is a popular and highly-rated wine (Robert Parker consistently rates 90pts).  Not only is the price right but it is absolutely delicious.  Aromas of honey and syrupy pears set the stage for flavors that start with a fresh and crisp saline minerality, move into delicate florals and then delve into peaches and honey.  Off dry with a medium body and an ever so slight effervescence.  One of my new favorite everyday whites!  I highly recommend this one, and suggest you all try it for yourselves!  You can pick up the 2016 vintage here.

I am also happy to report this is one of the wines that I can knock off my Wish List and I have never had Viognier before!  So not only can I check off a wine from Goal #1, but I can also check off a grape from Goal #2 with this one!

 

Related:  5 Glorious Wine Goals for 2018

 

 

Capçanes Mas Donís Old Vines | Montsant, Spain $12.99 | This wine was recommended by the owner of a local cheese shop. 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah with a big nose of spice and bright red fruit.  The flavors were full with earthy spices, dried cherry and raspberry jam, and a peppery finish with grippy tannins.  It was just calling for a big board of meats and cheeses, which the shop owner paired wonderfully with truffled Gouda, pungent Blue, an aged cow's milk, Prosciutto, peppered salami and truffled salami. | Rated 4/5 by thegloriousgrape.com

Capçanes Mas Donís Old Vines 2014

Montsant, Spain $12.99

4/5

This wine was recommended by the owner of a local cheese shop. 85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah with a big nose of spice and bright red fruit.  The flavors were full with earthy spices, dried cherry and raspberry jam, and a peppery finish with grippy tannins.  It was just calling for a big board of meats and cheeses, which the shop owner paired wonderfully with truffled Gouda, pungent Blue, an aged cow’s milk, Prosciutto, peppered salami and truffled salami.

 

Opera Prima Sparkling Brut NV | Spain $5.99 | Light bodied, fresh and crisp with aromas of gently toasted bread and delicate flavors of biscuit, lemon, grapefruit and peach.  Perfect for mimosas or other mixed drinks at brunch. | Rated 3/5 by thegloriousgrape.com

Opera Prima Sparkling Brut NV

Spain $5.99

3/5

Light bodied, fresh and crisp with aromas of gently toasted bread and delicate flavors of biscuit, lemon, grapefruit and peach.  Perfect for mimosas or other mixed drinks at brunch.

Girl & Dragon Malbec 2016 | Mendoza, Argentina $12.99 | At just a year old, this wine is a baby.  It's young and let's you know with it's punch of acidity and tart cherry and raspberry flavors, but there is still a nice earthiness with some cedar and spice.  Pair this with some tapas or a hefty meat & cheese plate to make this Malbec work.  Or wait.  Probably better to wait. | Rated 2.5/5 by thegloriousgrape.com

Girl & Dragon Malbec 2016

Mendoza, Argentina $12.99

2.5/5

At just a year old, this wine is a baby.  It’s young and let’s you know with it’s punch of acidity and tart cherry and raspberry flavors, but there is still a nice earthiness with some cedar and spice.  Pair this with some tapas or a hefty meat & cheese plate to make this Malbec work.  Or wait.  Probably better to wait.  If you’d like to buy, hold and try in a few years, you can get this really beautiful bottle here.

Have you been sticking to your goals for 2018?

Tried any awesome wines you’d love to share with me?

Comment below and let me know!

 

 

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