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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
i attended the cincinnati wine festival with the comely brunette and tasted quite a few very nice wines. this was a blend that i liked quite a bit from italy. the blend is 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot. the nose was blueberry and plum with spicy ginger and some green pepper. on the palate, blueberry continued to shine through with some blackberry and spice. i also got some real nice leather and tobacco flavors in a long finish with silky tannins. very complex red wine that was a joy to taste. sells for about $60 and works with beef dishes.
Monday, November 16, 2009
tried this interesting shiraz from australia. pretty wine. aromas of blueberries, pepper, and some interesting pencil shaving notes that also carried over into the palate. flavors of blueberry, black raspberry, the pencil shavings, leather and spicy pepper all in a well balanced, long finish. very full mouth feel, but not so bold and overpowering that your taste buds are overwhelmed. try this with a nice steak or stew, or just sit back in front of a fire place and enjoy it on its own. sells for about $16…but two and lay one for a few years, you won't be disappointed.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
i've had this one before and visited the winery in santa barbara and decided to try a bottle again. nose was black cherry, with an herbal minty note and some spice notes as well. flavor was blueberry and that herbal, cooling taste and some nice spice (nutmeg?) and vanilla notes. medium, well balanced tannins and some really interesting meat notes toward the finish as well. full mouth feel. nice red which sells for $23.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
at a recent wine tasting, i had the opportunity to try this grenache from australia. if you are white wine person and are looking to transition into reds, this might not be a bad place to start. the nose is plums and spice with cloves being the predominant spice note. also picked up a little chocolate aroma. the taste was not typical grenache, but more fruit forward and a bit lighter than you would normally get with this varietal. flavors of blueberry cobbler and strawberry shine through. lighter tannins and a nice balanced finish with a little spice note at the end round out the taste. the price is nice as well, retailing for about $15 a bottle. worth a try if you like a lighter red wine.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
today i celebrate one year of blogging with a huge red blend from meeker. i thank all of you who have spread the word and helped this to grow. this is a true joy for me. now on to the review. i have had this bottle in the cellar for about a year or so waiting for a worthy time to bring it out. this occasion was perfect. from what i understand, this blend of barbera and zinfandel was a bit of a mistaken blend that turned out very well. the nose is huge with blueberry, blackberry, vanilla and a sweet pork or bacon note coming through. as the wine opened up i got more earthy notes that were almost animal like and very sexy. the taste was big and bold with the blueberry and blackberry flavors, dark chocolate and some slight licorice notes. the alcohol level is a bit warm at 15% when you first open the bottle, but the flavors shine through as the wine opens. medium tannins and a nice long balanced finish with hints of pepper and oak round out the drinking experience. the wine sells for $32 and at a recent visit to the meeker website, the 2003 could be purchased for $20, which is a steal. this wine is worth every penny. excellent big, bold red. think of a juicy steak meal and add this for a real treat.
Monday, February 23, 2009
another french red worth trying! the blend of 35% cinsault, 25% grenache, 15% syrah, 15% carignan, and 10% mourvèdre has a nose of blueberries, plums, and floral notes of lavender. the flavor was beautifully light and fruit forward, with blueberry and blackberry leading the way. i got some nice spice and herbal notes in the finish. we enjoyed this with spare ribs, homemade apple sauce and mashed sweet potatoes. this wine is aged in concrete vats, never seeing any oak, which explains the fruit forward flavor. selling for about $12, this was a nice find.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
sorry for the long delay between posts, blog fans, but sometimes the liver can use a break. who am i kidding, it was actually due to the poor economy, as it hit the baldwinegeek household. we are currently looking for work for the comely brunette in the flavor industry, preferably in the cincinnati area, but we are willing to move. if you can send us a lead, please do so. now on with the tasting. this cotes du rhone is a blend of 60% grenache, 30% mourvedre, and 10% syrah. the nose is plum, black cherry and spice. i also detected a little something that reminded me of leather or maybe shoe polish. very big nose. the palate was full, with lots of blueberries and earthy flavors of leather and spice. the wine was a bit tannic when it was first opened, but softened considerably as it got more air. this also changed the nose, as it became more earthy. grenache is one of my favorites, and it showed well here. this wine could easily lay for a few years. sells for about $15, so well worth the price.