Weekly Wine Wednesdays (9/13/17)

Weekly Wine Wednesdays (9/13/17)

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Hurricane Irma has come and gone, but The Glorious Grape is still dealing with her aftermath.  We are very lucky to have been spared any serious damage, and our thoughts and well wishes go out to all of those who have been negatively impacted by the storm.  We wish you healing, recovery, and good luck and fortune going forward.

As I write this, we are still without our own power.  It has been 5 days, and we are still unsure as to when it will be back.  Fortunately, many of our neighbors, family and friends nearby have theirs, so we are (im)patiently awaiting our turn.  In the meantime, we are staying with family, and I am staying connected via their internet and mobile.

That being said, many wines have been drunk dealing with the stress of the storm, so there is much to catch up on.  I apologize for the lack of posts this past week or so, but given the circumstances, I’m sure you understand. Without further ado, let’s get to rating!


Charles & Charles Rosé from Washington is rated 3.5/5 from The Glorious Grape!
Charles & Charles Rosé 2016
Columbia Valley, Washington $11.99
3.5 /5 

60% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 10% CS, 10% Mourvèdre, 2% Cinsault, 1% Counoise.  This rosé has a slight tennis ball aroma, with strawberry and watermelon. Flavors are tart with raspberry and minerals, such as graphite and wet slate.


Soledoro Prosecco from Italy is rated 3/5 from The Glorious Grape!
Soledoro Prosecco Brut NV
Italy, $11.99

One of the palest wines I have ever seen, with just the faintest hint of pale gold.  This would work nicely as a palate cleanser more so than anything else, as it presents very delicate, light and barely-there flavors of green and yellow apple, salt, white pepper, and honey.


Kim Crawford Rosé is rated 3.5/5 from The Glorious Grape!
Kim Crawford Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand $14.99

Kim Crawford never disappoints.  This bright salmon hued rosé is made with Merlot and has nice aromas of strawberry, watermelon and orange.  The palate shows raspberry, strawberry, blood orange, pink grapefruit and a crisp, refreshing minerality.  Would buy this again, and I can’t say that for most pinks.


Tenshen Red Blend from California is rated 4/5 from The Glorious Grape!

Santa Barbara County, California $24.99
A deep, rich Rhone style blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Merlot aged 10 months in 20% new oak with a powerful 15.5% ABV.  This is better fresh out of the bottle, as the nose is greeted with dense wild blueberry cobbler with buttery crust, sweet vanilla bean, and anise. Flavors of blackberry, black rapsbery, cigar box, firewood, and graphite.  With time and air the gorgeous extracted fruit flavors dissipate, so I do not recommend decanting this.  You can grab this on Amazon for $24.99, but drink up quick because this is a blend that is best consumed young!


Marqués de Cáceres Rioja from Spain is rated 3.5/5 from The Glorious Grape!

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza 2012
Rioja, Spain $9.99
At under $10, this has great QPR.  Notes of cherry and raspberry, along with tobacco and tomato leaf.  Mouth coating tannins, but nothing too offensive.  Easy drinking, especially when you are still dealing with no power, days after Irma has passed.


Spier Chenin Blanc from South Africa is rated 4/5 from The Glorious Grape!

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa $7.99

A steal at $8.  Aromas of pears, peaches and apricots with ripe opening flavors of cantaloupe, peaches and pears along with a nice salinity.  The finish is long and tart with lemons and grapefruits.  Surprisingly complex for the price!


Anew Rose from Washington is rated 3.5/5 from The Glorious Grape!
Anew Rosé 2016
Columbia Valley, Washington $11.99

A nice Syrah and Sangiovese rosé, with melted strawberry and watermelon candies. Not overly sweet, but definitely bright with flavor.  I just realized for someone who isn’t crazy about rosé, I sure as hell took comfort in it during Irma.  I guess it’s simplicity was comforting in time of need.  What else can I say? Other than, can I have my power back yet?!?

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