Weekly Wine Wednesday (11/15/17)
Time for more wine reviews on this Weekly Wine Wednesday!
The past two weeks have been a week of firsts for me. New varietals that were recommended to me and new regions I’ve been curious to explore. One of the best things about wine is the ability to explore the world through a bottle! Each cork pulled and glass poured is a new and exciting experience.
Today I’ve got wine reviews from Australia, France, Italy, California and New York! Ready to try something new for a change (and see a sleeping puppy)?
Mont Ventoux Sieur de Trinquelage Vaucluse
Aromas of cherries and florals, with velvety smooth flavors of red fruit medley and a hint of cinnamon. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. Paired nicely with a variety of spicy Cajun dishes, but an otherwise forgettable option.
Pana White Wine Blend
Big Rivers, Australia $15
This 2017 white blend from Australia is the first bottle I cracked into from my new wine club delivery for October (I’ll be doing a blog post on it soon, but if you need to know it is from Bright Cellars! You can check them out here). I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year and the vintage is already out! A mix of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, this has aromas of fresh pineapple and a hint of kerosene. Medium bodied, with clean flavors of lemon curd, candied yellow grapefruit and a medium length finish of sweet tart candies. I paired this with spicy food and it transported me back to warm summer months.
C’est La Vie Pinot Noir – Syrah 2016
Vin de Pays, France $11.99
Thin bodied and acidic, this 60% PN and 40% Syrah blend tends mostly towards the former with barely any trace of the latter. Red berries on the nose, with a dilute palate of cranberry, pomegranate and a bit of baking spice. Flat and boring.
Six Mile Creek Vineyard Odyssey Blush
Finger Lakes, New York $9.99
My first NY wine, and I feel like this really embodies the spirit of fall in the Northeast. A beautiful antique rose gold color, with a subtle nose of wild red berries. The palate is packed with flavors, taking you from the transition of summer with fresh strawberries, to the cool days of fall with apple peels and warm spiced apple cider. This has a nice full body for an autumn rosé, with the perfect amount of sweetness that reminds you of being a kid on an orchard again.
Happy:Hour Red Blend 2016
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. It has a beautiful magenta hue with a nose of wild picked black raspberries and cherries, forest floor and graphite. The palate is dry with flavors of red cherry, green pepper and a bright acidity that pairs well with tomato sauced dishes. A surprisingly good blend for under $10, that is food friendly but also works on its own.
Michael Pozzan Annabella 5 Red Blend
Napa Valley, California $16.49
Medium to medium(+) body with medium acidity. Flavors of sweet oak, vanilla and cherries. Blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. A bit hard for me recall this one because I was at a local wine bar and the few of us who remained at closing got to talking about Screaming Eagle. And then I got a private tour of the bar’s wine cellar to see said Screaming Eagles. And many, many more beautiful gems…
Zonin Prosecco Demi Sec
Veneto, Italy $12.99
Aromas of citrus and almonds, with flavors of orange peel, lemon, peach and honey. Crisp with a touch of sweetness. The bubbles are minute and fleeting. There are definitely better Prosecco options out there. I was in the mood for fried food, so I paired this with some fish & chips. May sound odd, but bubbles actually go perfect with fried food – try it!
C’est La Vie Chardonnay – Sauvignon 2015
Vin de Pays, France $11.99
Not much to say about this one, so here is my Great Dane puppy – Gus! This white blend was disjointed, with the Sauvignon Blanc dominating in it’s acidity. The citrus flavors from the SB were evident, but the Chardonnay added an odd touch instead of balance. Bad butter, if I had to put my finger on it.
Quinte Royale Carignan 2016
Coteaux De Bessilles, France $15
Another wine club bottle from Bright Cellars! This was my first solo Carignan, and it was definitely a tasty one. I was a little hesitant at first, knowing this can be a grape very high in acidity and tannins. For this reason it is usually crafted into red blends. However, I thought this was nicely done. True to the description on the label, this wine expresses both flavors and aromas of sun-dried strawberries and cherries, earthy spice and florals. A bright acidity makes this a very food friendly option.
What new wines have you tried recently or are on your to-drink list? Let me know in the comments!