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Monday, November 14, 2022
Okay, label time now guys. Yeah, there is nothing here at all to talk about as the label is very simply, bland. The label certainly did not attract me or influence me into buying the wine that is for sure.
As for the wines bouquet, it is nice, fruity and fresh smelling. As a matter of fact, the glass is about two feet from me as I am writing this and I am picking up some rather lively tropical fruit coming from it. Moving the glass much closer to my nose now I get notes of fresh and ripe yellow peach which comes forward rather nicely but is not over the top. I am also picking some juicy smelling nectarine here as well. Weirdly, I am getting a slight bit of vanilla as well I think which is really weird for the varietal but nothing that throws the wine off. Finishing the nose off, there is also what smells like oak as well and it really sets the wines bouquet off rather nicely.
So, as far as the taste of the wine goes now yes, there is a slight bit of lemongrass but nothing like a New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc (hello Whitehaven). This lemongrass is pretty nice and is presented in a way where it isn't trying to dominate the wine yet it does get its point across. As far as the other notes goes, I am getting nice lively and rather zippy acidity and this acidity really has the wine moving along nicely on the palate and tasting fresh for sure. This is an interesting wine as it seems to move rather quickly in the mouth while still being able to fully express itself. A White Peach is present here as well and it is nice as well, and it certainly does have some nice flavor to it. As with the nose, Nectarine is here as well and it comes across in the same way as that peach does. There is a minerality note here as well and it is right up there with the best white wines. This minerality works so well with this the acidity and it's really nice and makes you want more of the wine. So there you have my take on this Spanish, Sauvignon Blanc. Let's get to the conclusion paragraph now.
Beginning off here, I have to say that even though the wine was rather low in alcohol and I did eat prior to doing this tasting, it, the wine did give me a buzz rather quickly for some reason. This is rather unusual as I review wine pretty often and this is never an issue so just be warned. In the end, I did really enjoy the wine and thought it was a fairly decent representation of the varietal overall. Would I say it was great? No, I would not but, it was definitely okay for sure. On The Desert Wine Guy rating scale, I am giving this wine 89 points. So, at $11.99 and the wine tasting as it does and with the ability for one to make certainly out that it is a Sauvignon Blanc, would I say it was good for the pool? Yeah, I would say that your guests would be happy with this wine. Do yourself a favor though, don't attempt to pass this wine off to your wine educated friends as being expensive or sought after as you will certainly make yourself look rather foolish. In the end, it was an interesting experience and I can see potential for the varietal in the country to expand if the industry out there can organize itself. I think the next time I am at the wine store, I will try to find a slightly higher priced bottle of the varietal from Spain and see just how it works out.
The Desert Wine Guy
Saturday, October 29, 2022
|2019 Details By Sinegal, Cabernet Sauvignon|
Today I am going to be taking a look at the 2019 Details By Sinegal, Cabernet Sauvignon (https://www.sinegalestate.com/). I paid $25 for this wine although it sells normally at the store I bought it from for $29.99. At least from what I have seen online, either price is amazing as I have seen it on line for as much as $50. The bottle is cork sealed as you would expect and the alcohol percentage comes in at what I consider to be a reasonable 14.8%. The wine was aged for 16 months in 55% new French Oak however there is 5% each of both American and Hungarian oak incorporated as well. Keeping it real with you guys as always, I didn't pick this wine, it was actually recommended by the shop owner who has recommended some pretty good wines to me in the past. This time I asked him to recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon for me costing no more then $25 and he immediately went into an unopened box which was sitting under a table filled with other wines and pulled this particular one out.
|Winemaker - Ryan Knoth|
As far as the label goes, I don't particularly appreciate it....at all as I find it has a negative religious tone. Part of me would like to know the artists intention behind it however the other part has me thinking that I am not really sure I want to know. To be fair here, I have read on one website that the inspiration behind the label was inspired by the following. "The skull label is inspired by the ever-mysterious goat eyes, which are capable of seeing and sensing two things at once. The art conveys the double meaning behind the devil inside. The hieroglyphs tell their own detailed story within the goat’s skull". The label however is not explained on the companies website but whatever the meaning behind it, I think another less divisive design is certainly in order.
I don't normally talk about the color of a wine but here with this wine, I will most definitely make an exception. Dark, deep, ominous, burgundy and.......foreboding. The color of the wine is extremely serious looking and is trying its best (and succeeding) in telling me (screaming to me) that the grapes involved in the making of the wine are of a superior pedigree. Just looking at the color of the wine puts a big smile on my face as I anticipate what is to hopefully present itself as an amazing wine where it counts which is the palate. Yes indeed folks, I have bought into what the color of this wine is attempting to portray.
Let me go ahead now and check out the nose of this impressive looking Cabernet Sauvignon. First up here I should let you know that after just one sniff of the wine, I find myself again smiling as it continues on the nose where its visual appearance left off, it's serious.
Onto the palate I go now. Okay, so,first up,the wine as I would expect judging by the alcohol percentage, the wines appearance and its nose, is indeed pretty powerful, pretty robust and finally confirmed, it is very serious indeed. Tannins are not as crazy as I envisioned them to be but they are noticeable, wonderful and do provide a slight coating onto the tongue (I love it). All of this reminds me of an expensive Napa Valley Cabernet from the finest most exclusive vineyards and winery. There is the slightest bit of an alcohol burn as the wine goes down but it is definitely nothing to freak out about and nothing that letting the wine breath for a bit (decant) won't take care of. A top notch ripe and darkish, black cherry note like from the best cultivated tree ever grown is presented here and it is coming across as fresh and thirst provoking. The next note really threw me for a loop as I certainly did not expect it and that was a bit of what tasted like Rutherford Dust folks,....amazing! This "dust" note is really elevating the wine into a zone where it should not be sitting for even $50. Guys, Rutherford Dust? For those you who have ever had the opportunity of actually experiencing this note, you are probably rubbing your hands together for this to end up being a recommended wine in the end so you can go buy it. A nice presentation of delicious French Oak is present and like in any good Cabernet Sauvignon, it is more of a delicious accompanying note rather then a staple (killer) of the wine. For those of you really into expensive Cabernet Sauvignons, you know what I mean here and just how oak can permeate throughout a Cabernet to become some type of monster, (an Oak Monster:) This is not that wine, I promise.
P.S - So, you would think that this review is already long enough but, there is are a few more things that I need to add. Right now, it is day three that I have been reviewing this wine. Normally if I haven't finished a red wine in two days the rest would typically go down the drain but not here, not with this wine as it was just too good to do that to and I had to try. Here is a short take of the wine on day three. Now mind you, the cork was placed back into the bottle after each pouring for these three days so the wine really didn't have an opportunity to get too much oxygen and therefore oxidize. Thundering! The wine was still rocking the palate and still just as amazingly delicious as it was on day one. What else can I say other then the fact that I will be going to the wine shop and buying another two bottles to put away for a few years as the wine certainly is worthy of aging. One last thing, here (https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0280/4531/2097/files/2019_DETAILS_Tech_Sheet_Jan_2022_f6ecf1dc-16b3-407e-88c8-6aa90edf3d68.pdf?v=1642626328) is the Tech Sheet on the wine for those who may be interested.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Alright wine lovers, let's talk about this wine I am reviewing now. Today I am going to be taking a look at the 2021 Alma Mora, Malbec (http://www.fincalasmoras.com/en/almamora/). Here is another wine that I bought at my local supermarket, I paid $10.99 for it and the bottle is cork sealed. The wine comes in at a low (for the varietal) 12.5% alcohol and is 100% Malbec.
Now for the nose of this wine, there really is none and that is not just coming from me but three other people as well.
Let's get into the palate now. Starting off here, red plum presents itself throughout the wines palate presentation and to me, it is not presented in a common way in as far as it's weird forwardness is concerned. As I was working on this review, I found myself having rather mixed feelings on how I felt concerning what I was actually tasting as far as the plum goes. I had no problem identifying what fruit I was tasting but rather how that fruit was tasting. To me, the red plum had a weird, funky taste and was too dominate overall which caused it to be rather out of place. Whatever the reason, I definitely did not care for how it came across. There is a very light tang of sorts that is present in this wine and I am not a lover of it either, it seems again to be out of place and just.....weird. Another weird thing about the wine is that it fluctuates.....changes things up at what seems to be almost every sip. One minute it is okay and the next it is not. There is a dry spice the wine presents but unfortunately I'm not feeling it either, I simply don't like it and the wine seems very disjointed on top of all of this. The wine also presents an overall dryness that slightly compounds all of those unlikable notes thereby making the entire wine taste and therefore rate really badly in my book. There was a slight black berry note that began pretty nicely but runs smack dab into the other notes that I mentioned and they just make this black berry kind of useless as they kill the entire wine for me. Look guys, I could go on for a little bit buy why should I ? It is time to get to the conclusion paragraph.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
|Meiomi, Pinot Noir (Non-Vintage)|
|Pinot Noir Grapes Hanging On The Vine|
Taking a look at the label now, yeah....still bad feelings galore. I mean, the label is nice and does represent the liquid inside as a nice red wine don't get me wrong, but I just can't shake the feeling that the wine inside is ......bad. Other then that feeling, the label does work very nicely so no complaints here.
As far as the nose of the wine goes, I am getting notes of richness and mushroom with some slight sweet cherry as well.
Now....onto the palate. As I taste the wine I get a sweet note, a really big sweet note. Intermixed with that very sweet note is one of mushroom which is to be expected as this is one of the notes Pinot Noir is known for. Did I mention that the wine is very sweet? Yeah, it is sweet. There is a note of cherry and what tastes like prune here as well and they don't help the wine do anything positive. By the way, these two notes are both overwhelmed by that constant, terrible sweetness and that prune note is really weird to be tasting here. Adding to all of this, the wine tastes as if it actually has a slight viscosity of sorts to it and yeah...... Anyway guys, I have tasted enough and I will go ahead and let you know that this so called Pinot Noir is a big mess. I am getting nothing positive here to talk about as the wine is also extremely limited in the notes it throws out. Having said this, I can't go on guys, I am sorry. I will see you in the next paragraph where I will wrap this short review up.
|Pinot Noir Tasting Profile|
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
|2019 Crestwood Barrel Riesling|
What did I do today? Well, I had the pleasure (not) of going to Home Depot and dealing with a very happy (once again, not) cashier. Oh what a joy this women was to ......talk to (at). She was so much of a joy that when I left the store I realized ya know, it really is true, you do get the best answers talking to yourself. Why am I here in the first place you ask? Ya see, there I was, on my knees in the garden with sweat dripping down on top of my sweat (it was humid), with mud and soil all over my hands and up to my elbows. Every once and a while, I would I would have the pleasure of looking up to see that there were some beautiful rain clouds headed my way. Unfortunately, lately that is all I have been seeing in my part of Freedom Florida, beautiful clouds as the rain has been avoiding my area. Suddenly, what seemed out of nowhere, I realized that I was about to run out of drip irrigation heads and I needed them. In a hastily made decision, off to the computer I went, to re-buy a pack of 100 for $19 as well as a few other connectors and miscellaneous irrigation items.
|Mosel Germany Riesling Wine|
Today I am reviewing the 2019 Crestwood Barrel Riesling which is from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. I bought this wine at Aldi's and paid $7.99 for it. The wine is sealed with a cork and comes in at 13% alcohol.
Looking at the label now, I actually like it. Where the ram on the label came from I don't know but I think the graphics were well done and really seems to fit the rest of the label nicely. I like the size as well as the font for "Crestwood" as well as all the other fonts of the other words. The Script used on the wines varietal is a nice touch as well and are well placed.
|Riesling Grapes on The Vine|
As I get to the palate now, I need to let you know that those bouquet notes I picked up definitely transfer over here and they are as expected, upfront and not shy about being there either. Those two notes also bring a super juicy tropicalness to the wine here on the palate and it turns out that juicy tropicalness is what this wine is indeed all about. At first, the wine left me with almost a slight palate feel of almost a peach/orange blossom type, sweetish nectar palate perception as it spread out across my tongue. In the beginning, I kind of sat back in my chair for a second as I really had to take this in because I was waiting (hoping) for the rest of the wine to "kick in". I have to admit, I did find it sort of.....weird and it kind of threw me off for a second or two. Luckily, the wine continued on and that nectar perception kind of lessened up a good bit and the rest of the wine did indeed, kick in. The wine continued to show itself off by presenting a unique note of a quick zippiness of sorts which itself lasted about two seconds and honestly again really caught my attention as well as I found it to be a sort of momentary shift, a distraction of sorts away from just tropicalness and into another direction. The wine wasn't done though as almost immediately and in keeping with the tropical theme, that peach note came on again only without the sense of nectar and seemed to latch onto that zippiness and wow guys, they get along so well. Have no fear folks as the wine was not harmed in any way by the abundance of a peach note. Another note that is intermixed here but also makes its presence known is that of orange blossom.
|Riesling Palate Characteristics|
|Your Glass Being Poured|
The Desert Wine Guy
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Today it is a beautiful 84 degrees here in "Freedom" Central Florida and all I can quite honestly think about is the pool and of course, this wine here in front of me :) While you guys may find it hard to believe me when I say this, I normally don't find the humidity here in Central Florida to be all that crazy or overwhelming. I did say normally right? Besides when it comes to the garden at least, I always believe and say, "if you're not sweating, your not in the garden" and since I love being in the garden, sweating is good :) Today however, I do have to admit, it does feel a bit rough out here for some reason but that's okay because today is a well deserved day off from the garden and so staying "cool" and "clean" are the words of the day. With the weather being what it is, what better wine to enjoy then what will hopefully be a nice Riesling? While I usually don't review Rieslings, it doesn't mean I don't enjoy them as I certainly do. I normally stay away from the varietal because I always feel as if I am drinking my sugar rather then eating it. As a rule I stay away from sugar anyway and those of you who feel the same way can probably understand where I am coming from here. Besides, if I was going to have some sugar, I would rather have a piece of chocolate cake then a couple of glasses of wine. Hopefully this wine will at least be good and therefore be some consultation for my indulgence. As a final note here, I don't exactly know why but I am really excited to taste this wine for some reason so let's go ahead now and see exactly how the wine is as I get into this review.
|Dominik Meyer - Winemaker|
Taking a look at the label on this bottle now, I totally get it. I mean, it is a Riesling and for whatever reason, I don't believe it is a varietal to be taken too seriously. I do like the thin long label design as for some reason as it just goes well with the varietal. I also totally get the drawing of the Slate plates located under the crust of the Earth that represent the soil the grapes were grown in, nice job here.
Let's talk about the wines bouquet now for a few minutes. Green Apple and kiwi are certainly present here on the nose and are not shy in their presentation. A gravely/Slate note is another note that I am picking up here (more reason to love the label) and I am completely in love with this note guys, like really. Before I move on, I have to ask, have you ever smelled something and even though you have never tasted that something (in this case Slate), you already know (or can imagine) what it tastes like? For those of you new to wine if you haven't already experienced this, you will very quickly see what I mean.
It is indeed Palate time now. While the bouquet can be amazing (and it is here), what good is it if the wine doesn't taste good? As with the nose, the wine does put out both Green Apple and kiwi here on the palate and these two notes come together as one deliciously presented juicy note. Actually, as I take another sip I want to tell you that at least one great thing about this wine is that the palate is just swarmed by everything all at once which is awesome if you ask me because in the end, it works out incredibly well. As you taste the wine I found that my mouth didn't have time to dwell on any one note in particular as there are many and they come fast. Let me go back for a second and talk about those two notes that I first mentioned with the first one being that Green Apple. This apple is fresh....bright ....juicy and like....really super nice without being too over the top. Now the kiwi is presented in the same way and helps in making this wine robust and maintaining that tropicalness that this wine is exhibiting to a great extent. There is something that I need to tell you now. Yes, I know we are early into the review but I feel compelled to let you guys know if you haven't guessed already and that is, I am already highly impressed with this wine guys. Alright, moving on now, there is some incredibly nice minerality (Slate anyone) expressed towards the mid-palate of this wine and it really causes a nice type of a break from the tropicalness of the wine and the other awesome notes, this is not your average, everyday Riesling.
As I go to close out this review, I have to just come straight out and say it. This is the best Riesling that I have ever had! Now, admittedly, I don't have a ton of experience with the varietal but I challenge you to tell of a Riesling that you have enjoyed more then this one once you taste it. The wine was super fresh and juicy. Super vibrant, flavorful and presented a surprise of spice as well. On The Desert Wine Guy rating scale, I am giving this wine 94 points. Guys, at $10.99, you have no excuse not to buy three bottles. I promise you that with the pool weather coming you won't regret it.
The Desert Wine Guy
Sunday, May 1, 2022
|2015 BV Tapestry, Cabernet Sauvignon|
Keeping a promise is always a good thing. I made a promise in my last review that I was goint to be making some changes to this wine blog. While it will of course remain about wine, I did promise to incorporate some higher priced wines more frequently. Why the changes? You might ask. Well I very simply felt that they would help the channel and invite more of a diverse audience. For years I have targeted the audience that basically represented me, the average wine drinker and that was it. Today I begin a new era of targeting both the average wine drinker as well as the wine drinker that is slightly above that bracket. I have learned a lot about wine and the industry in the few years I have been doing this Desert Wine Guy thing and I hope you guys have as well with what I share. I think that we deserve to break out of the box we have many times, placed ourselves in. Okay then....let's see what I have to start off this new era of The Desert Wine Guy with.
Today I will be taking a look at the 2015 BV Tapestry, Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine cost me a whopping $70 and its alcohol content also comes in at a whopping 15.2%. The wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and is aged in a mix of French, American and Hungarian Oak (60% new) for 22 months. So, there I was visiting one of my daughters in Wyoming when her husband and I decided to check out the local big box (ahh yeah, anyway) liquor store which was named Town & Country. While I was there I of course just had to check out some wine that is made in the state but I also had to see what I could find in the Napa end of the wine country as well.
Let's move now to the label on this wine bottle. Like....wow! Like....beautiful. Guys, take a look at the label for yourselves and tell me what you think. Does the word "prestigious" come to mind? Perhaps the thought of a classic Cabernet Sauvignon served at a state dinner where the President (my President) would be seated next to other heads of state comes to mind? Guys, I am really impressed at whomever is responsible for this wine labels creation as major thought and talent went into it for sure.
As far as the wines bouquet goes, black cherry and a brooding darkness of sorts comes across initially. There is a sense of a light plushness as well that comes lumbering through and together these notes are really nice.
On to the palate I go now and I don't mind letting you know that I am really excited to taste this wine as it is after all a BV Cab and certainly represents a highly respected winery from the Napa Valley. Here goes the first sip. Okay...so...first up is a big time and dominate note of briary blackberry which is intermixed with a black luxurious note. It is certainly a presentation that is on the darker side and not (thankful) on the brighter and fruitier side as this after all is supposed to be a serious Cabernet. At first, I was like "wait, what is that I am tasting"? The wine is busy and once I had it all figured out (it took a while) I was really pleased with myself as I was initially banging my head against the wall trying to nail it down. I want you guys to know that there is a bit of bright fruit presented here but don't expect that fruit to dominate the palate or, even come close as the dark notes surround it and dictate just how much this bright fruit can put on display.
|Lisa Peju (Left) & Winemaker, Sara Fowler|
|Tony & Herta Peju|
So, here we are, at the end of this admittedly rather long review. All I am craving right now is a very serious steak. I'm talking a steak from the finest, grass fed, totally organic cow that has ever been raised. That would compliment this wine just perfectly. This is an old school, Bordeaux type Cab and nothing less. The words seriousness and ominous are well suited as the first two that best describe what I have just tasted. If you enjoy an old fashioned Cabernet Sauvignon, I highly recommend you buy a couple of bottles of this wine because you will drink the first one and be very sorry you can't get hold of another one for the cellar. On The Desert Wine Guy rating scale, I am very happily giving this wine 94 points. Last point here. Was the wine worth $70? My answer is, absolutely it was.
The Desert Wine Guy
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