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Weekly Wine Wednesdays (8/9/17)

Weekly Wine Wednesdays (8/9/17)

 
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Every Wednesday, I roundup quick reviews of all the wines I had the previous seven days.  This week, I have quite the lineup – red blends from Washington and Spain, West Coast whites, rosés from the New World  and more!  I attended a DIY tasting event, got a craving for pink over the weekend, and had an epic dinner fail that required us to eat dinner out one night (and subsequently drink my shame away).  It was quite the roller coaster week!  So let’s begin this wild ride…

 

Celler Barcelona Red Blend 2014
Catalunya, Spain  $8.49
3.5/5

This 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Grenache has amazing QPR at under $10 – my local spot had it for as low as $8!  This is rich with dark berries, cherry and chocolate, and just a hint of oak and spice.  Tannins are smooth, yet lengthy on the finish.  A nice and easy Spanish red for when you want something tasty and uncomplicated.  [Image: Bristol Farms]

 

Wildstock Chardonnay 2014
Willamette Valley, Oregon  $17.99
3.5/5

This unoaked Chard has a slight minerality along with refreshing notes of apple, nectarine, lemon and tropical fruits. A short, juicy finish make for great easy summer drinking. A gorgeous label, as well.  [Image: Oregon Wine]

 

The Rule Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Napa Valley, California  $16.99
3.5/5

Full bodied, with more fruit than crisp acidity on this California Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of key lime pie, with creamy flavors to match.  Additional flavors of citrus and stone fruits with just the slightest hint of green notes to remind you this is, in fact, a SB.  Unexpected, but still fairly good.  [Image: BNA Wine Group]

 

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California  $22.99
3.5/5

Nose of mocha, balsamic and wood.  Tons of red fruits on the palate – plums, raspberries, cranberry, pomegranate and cherry.  This was not as smooth as I would have liked a PN to be due to the higher acidity, but it worked for family dinner.  [Image: The Every Hostess]

 

Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, California  $27.99
4/5

Refreshing and elegant, with a bit of Sémillon for added complexity.  Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lime, melon and tangerine.  Medium crisp acidity and a nice slightly silky texture.  This sets the bar for California Savignon Blanc undoubtedly!  [Image: Duckhorn Wine Shop]

 

Iconic Wines Secret Identity Rosé 2015
Lodi/Sierra Foothills, California  $14.99
3/5

I was hoping this would be powerful like the hero on the bottle, but sadly it didn’t deliver.  Barely any nose on this Cali rosé, with the faintest whiff of acetone, blood orange and florals.  The palate was dry with flavors of raspberry, grapefruit, lemon, cranberry, tangerine and pomegranate. The finish was crisp with minerals and chalk.  More excitement than the nose.

 

Waterbrook Mélange Founder’s Red Blend 2015
Columbia Valley, Washington 2015  $17.99
3.5/5

If you like whiskey, this is a red blend for you!  36% Sangiovese, 16% Tempranillo, 14% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec aged for 11 months in American oak.  The nose is greeted with dried fruits favoring prunes, along with vanilla.  Flavors are smooth and deep, with black cherry and oak. The finish is long, with a gentle spice and smooth whiskey notes that permeate with warmth all over the palate.  You can even find this delicious blend in the 2014 vintage on Amazon.com for $17.99!  [Image: Precept Wine]

 

Baja Tanga Sparkling Rosé NV
Mendoza, Argentina  $13.95
4/5

I wasn’t expecting much from this, but it was surprisingly good!  95% Chenin Blanc, 4% Torrontés, 1% Malbec.  This deep, ruby-pink rosé possessed fresh aromas of pomegranate, raspberry and strawberry. Similar flavors, with the first two adding a tart balance to the ripeness of the strawberries.  A hint of white chocolate cream also danced on the palate.  Fine, unassuming bubbles; but this was just a glass at dinner, so the bottle may have been open too long to properly assess.  [Image: Elixir Wine Group]

 

Zorzal Terroir Único Cabernet Franc
Tupungato, Argentina  $15.99
3.5/5

An easy drinking, earthy, fruit forward Cabernet Franc.  Red fruits mingle with green pepper and herbs, with a touch of minerality.  This has seen no oak – so the CF grapes completely shine through, and the chalky terrain is reflected in the finish.  Paired nicely with a duck lover’s pizza.  [Image: Corkery Wine]



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