Weekly Wine Wednesdays (8/2/2017)
Every Wednesday, I roundup quick reviews of all the wines I had the previous seven days. It was a busy week for me, so the list is a bit short. Between slaving over the website, working a full-time job, getting my yoga workouts in, running a home, and preparing for the arrival of a Great Dane pup in just a few short weeks (!!!), there’s been little time to kick back and relax with my favorite juice. Here’s what I was actually able to enjoy this week:
A Schmitt Hummingbird Classic Riesling
Rheinhessen, Germany $12.99
Served a massive glass of this at an Asian fusion restaurant in town. The nose was initially greeted with an odd butter aroma followed by faint diesel, tropical fruits and lemongrass. The palate was surprisingly sour and on the dry side with flavors of unripe pineapple, more diesel and an effervescence of lemon-lime soda. I love the smell and taste of diesel in a Riesling, but these notes were more of an artificial, plastic-like aspect which was definitely a flaw. (Image from Vivino.com)
Michael David Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Lodi, California $19.99
Aromas of pomegranate, cherry and blueberry with flavors of cherry cola, vanilla and oak. Smooth tannins and low acidity with a short-medium finish. I tasted this previously, perhaps the 2013, and I enjoyed it much more the first time than I do now. This is a popular choice for many, and for good reason; but this is not my favorite Michael David creation. (Image from scrappycat.smugmug.com)
Juan Gil 12 Meses Jumilla Red 2014
Jumilla, Spain $14.99
I love Spanish wines, and this is no exception. Intriguing nose of almonds, licorice, cherry and plum. Flavors of light tobacco and game, herbs, leather, and more of those dark fruits that were present on the nose. Big, mouth smacking tannins that demand this be served with food. It paired amazing with my slow cooked paprika chicken legs. You can’t go wrong at this price either!
Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker Select 2016
Central Coast, California $14.99
If you can drink this all in one day, this can be 4 star material – soft aromas of lemon pith and minerals with opening flavors of white pepper, passion fruit, green mango and grapefruit. Easy yet elegant. The finish lingers with lemon, grapefruit, sea salt and minerals. Biting, yet not overpowering. However, if you wait until the second day – this will become a sour shell of itself. Minus a half star for the major deterioration in quality.