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 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 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 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.
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 2014
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.
Opera Prima Sparkling Brut NV
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.
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!