Terras de Xisto, Alentejo, 2007

This portuguese wine from the Alentejo region is a very nice red. It doesn't smell the way it tastes at first and it looks a bit bland and weak, but its taste surprises positively. It's very smooth and has some fruity flavor, without being fruity. As for the grapes, if only the portuguese would label them properly -- it's probably a mix of whatever they grow in the Alentejo.


Maillen, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

This was the third bottle of the night (with a few friends, of course), so I don't recall the details of this one, sadly. It was decent, though.

Update (2010-01-24): This is actually not good. I tried it again a few days later and thought it had no character and was not pleased with it.

La Playa, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

A decent chilean Cab that was downed with pizza. A little on the undecided line between dry and a bit fruity.

Cavia, Malbec, 2007

This is a decent but not great malbec from Argentina. I've had better ones. This one wasn't as full-bodied as I usually expect a malbec to be.


Rio Sol, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

This is a wine from the San Francisco Valley in Northern Brazil. It's surprisingly good. Brazil is not known for its wines but the few good ones typically come from the south. San Francisco Valley is an up-and-coming region in the north, just 8 degrees south of the equator. This wine is very dry and doesn't taste great at the first sip. But one gets used to it. Should go well with meat, but in this case, it worked okay with cashew nuts as an appetizer.


Casa Lapostolle, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

Another old friend, this cabernet is really good and flavorful. It's rich, but not too much. And it's dry, but you can definitely taste a little fruit deep down inside. Definitely worth its $17 price tag. Pair it with jucy steak, like I did tonight.


Charamba, Douro, 2005

Charamba is one of my staple reds. It's a frequent guest at my house which I first discovered in Portugal itself. This "basic" wine doesn't list any grape -- it's just "red wine" from Douro, Portugal. But for $5.99 it's really unbeatable as an everyday mundane wine. It's dry, but not too dry. A little tannin here and there and an overall decent glass of red for unassuming situations.