Once again I find myself at the Vintage Cellar on Tuesday for a wine tasting. Once again I didn’t buy any of the wines that were tasted, not because I didn’t enjoy them but because I still have quite a few bottles I need to drink through first.
LeJade SauvignonBlanc 2013
This was a nice fruity smelling wine, with a fruit taste to match. I think my mind was playing tricks on me with this wine since I tasted sweet and it felt dry at the same time. I think I was fooled that it was sweet because of the fruit taste and I think it was dry.
This is a oak-aged chardonnay that I bought on the recommendation of the wine manager at the local supermarket here in Blacksburg. I asked Dennis two a oaked-aged chardonnay so I could taste the difference between a non oak-aged chardonnay and one that is oak-aged. I opened this bough over the snow day we had here at Virginia Tech. Overall I liked the wine. I could smell the fruit flavors in the wine and I could taste the creamy mouth feel of the wine. My only problem with the wine was that it was a little hot for me, but most wines are for me since I’m not a huge alcohol drinker. I would drink this wine again. I think my cousin back in Los Angeles would enjoy this wine and I’ll recommend it to her.
But that is just me here is what a expert says:
Slow down, exhale, and enjoy this rich, creamy Chardonnay. Our winemaker chose California vineyards that yield incredibly lush flavors of tropical fruit, baked apple and citrus. Sur lie aging gives this wine its soft, creamy style. Use of primarily French oak adds hints of vanilla and crème brûlée on the finish, making this wine the perfect reward at the end of your day.
I wish I was able to taste the creme brulee, since I’m a fan. Here is the facts and a link to buy it yourself.
|Producer:||Belcreme De Lys|
|Region:||Central Coast, California|
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Another week and another wine tasting. A quick spoiler alert, I didn’t buy any of the wines in the tasting this week. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy them, but mostly because simply I have way too much wine at my apartment and I need to clear the backlog. And with the snow coming this week I might just have time to drink up.And as always, thank you Vintage Cellar for doing the wine tasting for us.
San Elias Carmenere 2014
This was another fruity wine, with the taste of berries. The wine itself was light but then delievered a burn to my mouth. Out of the grouping I think this might have been my least favorite because of the burn.
Another wine I brought back from Los Angeles to Blacksburg. I had the wines wrapped up in towels and in jumbo zip locks. The TSA check the bag, I could only imagine if this was the first bottle they opened to check and saw the picture of the bomb. I should have been smarter.
As you can tell in the pic the bottle is empty, I forgot to take a picture of the bottle before I finished it off.
I really enjoyed the wine, I loved the color of it, it was this deep purple and had an earthy nose to it. It has a very cherry and berry taste to it. I did decant the wine at lunchtime and drank it at dinner, so I decanted fir for about 5 hours, then poured it back into the bottle.
There was no real difference drinking the wine before dinner and while eating. I was eating a simple pasta dinner, pasta with oyster sauce and sweet soy sauce. I think I’ll have to get this bottle again when I get back to Los Angeles.
Well that is all I have to say about the wine lets see what the professionals say:
WS90 Wine Spectator – “Fresh, lively and sleek, with red berry, raspberry and spice box flavors in a neat package, lingering expressively”
Now the facts:
Region: USA/ Washington/
Producer: Charles Smith
Where to buy: www.wine.comEnjoy and thanks for reading,Allan
When I first drank the wine before eating, the wine was very sweet smelling and tasted just as sweet and dry. I found that drinking the wine while eating really didn’t change the flavor of they wine but it did help cut down the spiciness from the sauce. As a testament to how much I enjoyed the wine I quickly realized I had drank half the bottle. But what do I know, I’m still new at this… let’s see what the pros have to say:
I simply get a bit of strawberry, with fruit punch on the finish.
On the negative side, this wine lacks depth. It is simply not that complex, but a pleasant sipper nonetheless.On the positive side, it dries out with food, is versatile, and is one of three varietals I would suggest go very well with Thanksgiving dishes (rose, pinot noir and gewürztraminer). Marc Bona
|When I remembered to take a picture…|
So when this is all said and done I would recommend this wine to a newbie (like myself) in the wine game. It isn’t too strong and quite tasty. I did enjoy the fruity taste and nose of the wine and was glad that it didn’t have that strong bite some wines have.
Here is the facts:
Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Still wine
Another week another sets of wines to try courtesy of the Vintage Cellar. This week we started in Austria then down to South America with a stop in Argentina. Then we went home (well home for me) to California. Then a jump to Italy, then back to California.
Hugl GrünerVeltliner 2013 This wine looks very nice with a light pale color. I didn’t really taste anything with it. Was it just that plain or was I not able to discern the subtle notes of the wine. Most likely it is the second. I think it is a great wine for someone with a fuller defined pallet than me. I might come back after the course and try it again a see if I can detect more from it.
Canyon Road Pinot Noir This wine is like drinking your daily allotment of fruit. It is quite smooth too, I am not regretting that I didn’t buy a bottle of this. I might have to do this next week. I think if you were going to introduce someone to red wine, you couldn’t go wrong with this one.