Paso Ranches cabernet sauvignon review

19 10 2013

Tonight it’s a 2012 cabernet from California’s Paso Robles area that goes for $20 at Total Wine.

California’s 2012 vintage was supposedly excellent, so I keep picking up their 2012 reds as I find them.  As I write this in October 2013, so far I’ve been disappointed.  Obviously, the good stuff is still in oak barrels. Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »





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 »





Christian Salmon Sancerre review

24 08 2013

Today it’s a 2012 sauvignon blanc from France’s Sancerre region that goes for about $20.

Ahh, the French.  They still won’t tell me what WINE I’m drinking.  This being from Sancerre, it’s probably sauvignon blanc.

And it’s good.  Far better than the super-tart Cupcake sauvignon blanc from New Zealand.  But then again, it’s $20.  Cupcake is $8. Read the rest of this entry »





Kirkland Russian River pinot noir review

24 08 2013

Today it’s a 2012 pinot noir from California’s Russian River Valley that goes for about $12 at Costco.

This pinot has a lot going for it:

  • the price is low,
  • it’s Russian River,
  • it is not “all cherry all the time” as many affordable California pinots are, and Read the rest of this entry »