Happy 2017! Just listening to “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights as I enjoy a once-again quiet house with the kids back in school today. Did you all enjoy some good wines over the holiday? Maybe a little too much? It’s all good. To be expected, right?
I have three more wines to share today with three different ratings. The first is one I’ve been meaning to write about for more than three weeks. How did that happen? It feels like Christmas was just a dream at this point. Scary how fast the good times go by! This wine was highly rated that we picked up from Costco for $12.99 called Montes Alpha Cabernet from Chile. The first few sips were VERY sweet so give it a chance to open up a lot. Swirl, swirl, swirl that glass of yours. Okay, swirl it again. Now take a sip and ah, so much better. You might taste dark fruits like blackcurrant, some milk chocolate and a cigar-box on the finish. My husband loved this wine. I thought it could use some improvement. The finish got pretty bitter and tangy on the second pour. Could it be the Italian chicken and peppers that I paired with the wine? Possibly. Even so, I didn’t love this one. Who knows, maybe my taste buds need a break and I can give this another chance. It is a great bargain and could be shared with a group over chocolate or maybe some steak.
Rating: 🍷🍷.5 out of 4 wine glasses
The second wine was one that I received from our book club wine exchange called Monster Red Blend from Washington state. It’s a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec. The color was deep purple when poured into the glass and the smell reminded me of a Cab; all cherries, vanilla and some hints of coffee. Here’s the problem. After reading about this wine, reviewers suggest giving this an hour or two to really open up which I definitely didn’t do. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I even used an aerator. Also, I’m not a huge fan of Merlot. It’s too mellow for me and that was the dominant grape used to make the wine, 45% to be exact. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t blown away when I tried it. The lesson I learned yet again is to let the wine breathe. At $19.99 this wine is still a good price. Corey, you did a great job choosing this wine, but I’m afraid I ruined the experience by not reading up on it first. 😦
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷out of 4 wine glasses
The final wine is from the makers of Caymus called, Belle Glos Pinot Noir from Monterey. If you’re not a fan of Pinot, myself included, don’t fret- this drinks more like a robust Cab. First, a little history on the name Belle Glos, the winemaker named this after his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos who co-founded Caymus Vineyards. I love that about this family-owned winery. They are good people to the core. The red seal on the bottle is super sexy and the added wax blob in back makes it very easy to remove. When poured, the wine is a gorgeous ruby color. It’s extremely smooth with notes of dark chocolate, cedar, vanilla and blackberries. We drank this on New Year’s Eve with a few glasses of Spellbound and realized, damn, life is good! The Belle Glos is not an everyday wine. Save this one for something special, like Valentine’s Day. It’s $50 at Binny’s. Definitely worth the splurge every now and then.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷out of 4 wine glasses
Cheers my dears!