Chateau Carignan Prima merlot (Bordeaux) review

2 11 2013

Today we examine a 2010 Bordeaux that is 100% merlot.  I found it at Total Wine for $25.

Here we have a nice example of a French red – robust, yet restrained.  Delicious fruit, yet not sweet.  But is the price too high? Read the rest of this entry »

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Tiza malbec review

27 10 2013

Here’s a 2012 malbec from Mendoza, Argentina available at Total Wine for $20.

Tiza malbec is rich, inky black in your glass, and immediately Read the rest of this entry »





Red Theory cabernet mini-review

19 10 2013

Hey there!  This is a mini-review, in case you’re wondering, what’s up with the new 2012 Red Theory cabernet, appearing at Total Wine for 10 or 12 bucks?

The answer is, it’s an average, fruity, cheerful cabernet Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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 »





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 »





Vigneto Edoardo montepulciano review

3 09 2013

Today we look at a 2008 100% montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy.  I picked it up at Premiere Wine in Delaware for $35.

Whoa.  This is one of those “serious” wines that makes you pause.

What do I have here?

What exactly is going on? Read the rest of this entry »