2010-06-18

Selby, Merlot, 2006

This Selby is a Sonoma county 2006 merlot that is dry and high in tannins. It's best with a meal or with some decanting first, to let it mellow a bit. Not one of my favorites, but definitely not bad either.

2010-06-12

Don Melchor, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

Don Melchor, from chilean Concha Y Toro is very smooth and round on the palate. Certainly a great wine with complex oak and fruit tastes. Its $50 price tag is well beyond its quality and hence I'd have to recommend another very similar chilean wine in its place, Casa Lapostolle.




2010-06-11

Jacob Franklin, Cabernet Sauvignon, 1999

Only seven barrels of this 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Hoffman Lane in Napa Valley were produced. The Jacob Franklin is a complex and round wine. It's rich in tannins, despite its older age and it's a very decent companion for a nice filet mignon with foie gras in a truffle reduction. It is priced as if these were the last seven barrels of wine on Earth though, which makes it too expensive for its value. I wouldn't pay more than $20 for this wine the second time around, even though the first time it was significantly higher (so much so that I'm ashamed to publish the number -- it was at a restaurant though, which adds insult to injury).

2010-06-10

Yellow Tail, Shiraz Cabernet, 2008

This 2008 60% shiraz 40% cabernet sauvignon has an unbelievable intense smell and flavor of caramel flan. At first, it smells like vanilla and tastes like chocolate. A day later it's a clear caramel flan. For a non-dessert wine, this is a very surprising flavor/aroma combo. Simply too unexpected and pleasantly sweet to go unnoticed. Its $7 price tag makes this an all-time favorite party wine for many occasions. I'd expect even those who don't enjoy wine to make an exception for this extremely easy-to-drink wine.


Update: I realize this is was a super endorsement of this wine, but it really isn't. It was the first time I had tried such surprising and unexpected taste of caramel flan in a wine. But this is really a characteristic of low-quality wines. It now bothers me to find such flavors I don't usually find in wines I love. So, I'm scratching this one off my list of good wines.

2010-06-09

Vina Tobia, Tempranillo, 2009

This 2009 Tempranillo is light on alcohol with an intense smell and flavor or cherries. It's a good call with pasta or pizza or even some light meat such as veal. For $9.99, it's a good addition to any cellar.

2010-06-05

Bons Ventos, Estremadura, 2008

This 2008 portuguese wine from the Estremadura region is made of four portugues varietals: Castelao, Camarate, Tinta Miuda and Touriga Nacional. At first it reminded me of Luis Pato, except that it's much better. It's light, only 12.5% alcohol, but it doesn't feel watered down like the Luis Pato. It has a nice aroma and some hints of spices. I liked it. And for $9.99, it's a bargain. I'll get a case of this one next time I find it.

2010-06-02

Luis Pato, Baga, 2007

This 2007 portuguese wine from the Baga grape is not strong in terms of alcohol (12.5%), but it has its personality. At a first sip it's not the most pleasant wine because of a slight bitterness. But its flavor can be appreciated with food, especially with the spaghetti bolognese I had with it. By itself though, I'm still not a big fan, because it can be at the same time bland (watered down) and a little bitter, which is somewhat of taste conundrum to me. For $12.99, it's definitely not a bargain, but not a rip-off either.