Made from grapes grown in South Africa’s rising Stellenbosch region, this innovative red blend combines two of the most world’s popular red grapes to create something new, and greater than the sum of its parts. 2015 Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot is a fresh red with aromas of red fruit and local South African flowers, and a […]
La Granja 360, means in Spanish “The Farm 360”. It is located in a traditional Tempranillo and Garnacha grape growing wine region in the North of Spain. Cherry red colour of red fruity aromas. Full of flavor and a velvet finish due to the 2 months of oak aging. A great match with grilled red meats, […]
Grown on a mountainside vineyard overlooking South Africa’s beautiful False Bay, 2016 Vinum Reserve Syrah is made from hand-picked grapes. Pour a glass of this subtle and refined red and enjoy notes of ripe red fruit and spice, with a savory tone and grippy tannins that make it the right pairing for rich meat dishes
Spanish Tempranillo towers over other reds thanks to its big notes of cherry and red berries, and its versatility with food—this medium-bodied wine is great with crowd-pleasing meals like pizza, tacos, and pasta. As an unaged Joven wine, 2017 Torre De Rejas Joven Tempranillo has an exciting sense of newness, which shines through in its […]
I open this 2016 El Portal Syrah, a full-bodied California red that has a rich, dark purple color in the glass with big flavors of dark berries, and savory notes of pepper and olive. I’m trying as a chill out wine and possibly with grilling some steaks this afternoon which is the recommendation. A subscription […]
This Lodi Cab is the proof, showcasing a lush, ripe style from a single estate vineyard. Sweet red fruit, predominantly cherry with an undertone of raspberry, and some smoke. A bit spicy with a hint of oak This low cost Cab was something I pulled out this wine just for a light meal. Not my […]
This Cassiday Blare 2016 Pinot Noir, is a striking wine that will be an instant classic. Powerful, with notes of dark berries and plum, this wine is enjoyable to drink on its own, but it really shines with food. We’ve been enjoying it seasoned lamb and roasted asparagus that really brings out the earthiness of […]
Dark and smooth, the Magnus Nox 2013 Merlot is part of an epic vintage with high praise from some of the most revered critics in wine. Light sage and plum accents play off of the oak flavors in this well-balanced, silky Merlot.
Opens with Spearmint, Mint, and Ripe Cherries. then to a bit of Cola, Vanilla, and Earth. Bit of an alcohol bite, but Oak & Cedar, Roasted Green Chile and Paprika. A noticeable Sandalwood scents. Long finish of Oak/ Cherry/ Strawberry. Nicely balanced Tannins and Acidity.
Brilliant red ruby in colour, with clean aromas of red fruits, plums and strawberries, Sandeman Porto Ruby has full rich flavours and is very well balanced. Rich, round, balanced in the mouth, with overt flavours of fresh plums and red fruits.
The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf is an annual celebration. A bright and brambly version, with light tannins and a subtle, minerally underpinning to the flavors of black raspberry, mandarin orange peel and fig. Here’s my take on this new Holiday drink.
Purple-colored, the nose offers up plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round with ripe, saturated berry flavors. Finishes spicy and full with chewy tannins.
Oak Creek Syrah is dark colored, full bodied, peppery and dense. Layered with spicy fruit and streaked with mineral undertones. This is a perfect example of a traditional varietal that has found its home in Arizona and is here to stay. Red meat and Italian food will only be enhanced by this rich and full […]
Tuesday Night Red is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a truly pleasant example at this price. Though typically assertive in flavor as Cabernet is, this one is gentle in style: black fruits, and a slightly ripe fruit edge in the nose and on the palate, with a touch of black licorice and pepper. There is still […]
Beaujolais Nouveau day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. This Beaujolais is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. This “Beaujolais Day” is accompanied […]
This beautiful wine has aromas as ripe as dried figs, flavors as deep as blackberries falling off the vine. Four Vines Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel: big berry flavors, a hefty dusting of spice and zesty pepper are this Zin’s calling cards.
Ruby red color with gold trim. Bright and deep. Complex aromas. Great balance between fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and clear tones from wood (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut). The sense of smell is even more intensified with the aromas that develop during aging in bottle. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a […]
With my first installment of Urban Wine Life as a podcast. I try a $6.99 Robertson Winery Pinotage. This is a South African wine that normally shows up pretty well (reference the Chenin Blancs and Chardonnays) During this episode, I’m feeling out this method of review without doing it as a video podcast. Here are […]
Ripe and balanced with deep dark color and a flood of plum, dark cherry, blue berry, pomegranate and aromas of mocha, vanilla and oak spice. Medium tannins and a nice long lingering finish. 90% Petite Sirah and 10% Syrah. Barrel aged in 20% new French oak for over 9 months
This Zinfandel showcases aromas of spice, black pepper, dark fruits and vanilla. This refined, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of plum and black cherry along with black pepper and cocoa powder. There is nice acidity and length to the finish.