Santa Ema Reserve merlot review

25 09 2013

Today we look at a 2009 reserve merlot from Chile’s Maipo area, which I found at Total Wine for $14.

This wine is deep purple in the glass, and throws off aromas of caramel, honey, allspice and cloves.

It is 13,5% alcohol, comes in a heavy and stately bottle, and Read the rest of this entry »

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Rosemount Estate pinot noir review

17 09 2013

Today we look at a 2011 Aussie pinot noir that goes for $9.99 at Total Wine.

Such a pretty color!  Regardless of anything else, this wine will look great on your table, with its nearly see-through pure rose color. Read the rest of this entry »





Chateau Guibon Bordeaux review

17 09 2013

Today we examine a 2009 red from France’s Bordeaux region, which goes for $14.99 at Total Wine.

OK I am not sure what Total Wine is thinking here, but I know what I’m thinking.  This wine is Read the rest of this entry »





Oak Ridge cabernet sauvignon review: PASS THE GRAVY

5 09 2013

Hi!  Let’s check out a 2012 cabernet sauvignon from California’s Lodi area, which I bought at Total Wine for $13.

If you like your red wines rich, jammy, and a bit different from all the look-alike California reds (make that taste-alike), you should Read the rest of this entry »





Butterfield Station cabernet sauvignon review

2 09 2013

Today we check out a 2012 cabernet from the ????? area of California (meaning, the label just says California).  I bought it at Total Wine for $10.

I have high hopes for the 2012 wines we are starting to see from North America, because of various reports that have said it was a particularly good growing season.

But I’m not sure that Butterfield Station cabernet is typical of what 2012 wines will bring us.  Although it is smooth and refreshingly Read the rest of this entry »





Cruz Alta reserve cabernet sauvignon review

2 09 2013

Next, it’s a 2012 cabernet from Argentina that sells for $12 at  Total Wine.

Similar to its reserve malbec brother, the 2012 reserve cabernet from Cruz Alta is an attractive wine in the glass.  It has a better aroma than the reserve malbec, featuring vanilla, blackberry and herbs.  And, the cab is $3 cheaper than the $15 reserve malbec.

However, Read the rest of this entry »





Cruz Alta reserve malbec review

2 09 2013

Today we check out a 2012 malbec from Mendoza, Argentina that I bought at Total Wine for $14.99.

As we close the summer of 2013, malbec has been a hottie among reds in the U.S. for a few years.  And rightly so — appealing dark red or even purple juice with conviction, malbec from South America has a subtle sophistication about it that belies its usually affordable price.  It can lack complexity, but that’s forgivable in the $9-$15 price range where it is often found.

This reserve malbec doesn’t do much of anything wrong. Read the rest of this entry »