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20 December 2007 @ 10:56 am
These are the other two pricey wines that Carlos and I bought in the fall and tried at home.

Sierra Cantabria Coleccion Privada, 2004
Vineyard, vintage, type: Tempranillo

Where from: Rioja, Spain

Cost and store: $45, wine.com

Opinion: Good but not great; can get a similar wine for cheaper

Adjectives: Dark red; earthy; oakey; tart; big; a little bit of tannins hugging your tongue

Circumstances and buzz: Tried at home on November 30, 2007

How long it keeps with a wine saver: n/a

On a scale of 1 to 10: 7

Sierra Cantabria Coleccion Privada

Second (and the one we were most excited to try)
Grand Vin Chateau de Pez, 2004
Vineyard, vintage, type: Saint-Estephe, unknown grape variety, but probably somethine involving cab

Where from: France

Cost and store: $30 (special price) on wine.com

Opinion: Good, but there's something missing - it tastes like an incomplete wine; needs more fruit

Adjectives: Eggplant-red; sooooo earthy and musky; sharp; a little salty; dry - not fruity at all; the tannins really come alive

Circumstances and buzz: Tried at home on December 16, 2007

How long it keeps with a wine saver: n/a

On a scale of 1 to 10: 7

Chateau de Pez
12 November 2007 @ 07:28 pm
This is the second of the four fancy wines we are trying courtesy of the gift card from pandalady49 and my dad.

Vineyard, vintage, type: Bodegas Trapiche, Vina Victorio Coletto 2004 Trapiche Malbec

Where from: Mendoa, Argentina

Cost and store: $44.99, wine.com

Opinion: Magnificent! Stunning! One of our all-time favorites! We rated it in our diary a 99/100!!!

Adjectives: Blackish red, powerful, fruity, chocolatey, elegant, velvety tannins coat your tongue. This is a very full-bodied wine - drinking this wine is like eating a steak, it will fill you up very quickly.

Circumstances and buzz: Home while watching "Like Water for Chocolate" one Friday night. Very smooth and filling.

How long it keeps with a wine saver: n/a

On a scale of 1 to 10: 10!

Website?: Wine.com: http://www.wine.com/V6/Trapiche-Malbec-Vina-Victorio-Coletto-2004/wine/90477/detail.aspx
Trapiche Malbec
03 November 2007 @ 09:17 am
This is the first of the four "expensive" (over $20) wines that Carlos and I bought with his wine.com gift card.

Vineyard, vintage, type: Land's Edge 2005 Pinot Noir, produced by Hartford Wines

Where from: Sonoma, California

Cost and store: $44, wine.com

Opinion: An outstanding pinot! Delicious!

Adjectives: delicate, sweet, balanced, warm, subtle, velvety

Circumstances and buzz: We drank this at home last night after dinner. It's so mellow and well-balanced that the buzz was smooth and gentle. It's almost too delicate to go with food, but it's still highly drinkable. Very highly recommended! Unfortunately, it's too pricey to add to our "regulars" list, but it will make a fantastic "special occasion" wine, or gift for when we really want to impress someone.

How long it keeps with a wine saver: n/a

On a scale of 1 to 10: 10++!!!!

Website?: www.wine.com

Land's Edge 2005 Pinot Noir
26 October 2007 @ 09:35 am
So, no one's posted here in a while but I thought that since plitter and geckoboy just got back from honeymooning in Napa, I'd share some of the wines that Carlos and I bought last night. My very generous parents gave him a $200 gift card to wine.com, so Carlos wanted to splurge on a few really nice bottles instead of a cart full of the same ol' same ol'. Here's what we bought:

Chateau de Pez Saint-Estephe 2004, a red Bordeaux (on special for $10 off)

Hartford Court Lands Edge Pinot Noir 2005, a pinot noir from Sonoma (because Los loves the pinot)

Trapiche Malbec Viña Victorio Coletto 2004, an Argentinian malbec (because Mer loves the malbec)

Sierra Cantabria Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2004, a tempranillo from Rioja, Spain because we both love Spanish wines

Whenever we try them, I will certainly let everyone know what we thought - if they are all worth the price tags!
05 June 2006 @ 07:40 pm
Vineyard, vintage, type: Chateau la Pastorale, 2000, Buzet red Bordeaux

Where from: France

Cost and store: $12 at Mister Wright on Third Ave and 89th Street

Opinion: An almost perfect red! Makes Carlos and I glad that we're no longer afraid of French wines and are venturing into them. (Carlos read somewhere that Bordeaux's are the wine of the moment, as they are the highest quality wines for the best prices right now.)

Adjectives: Very earthy. Delicious. Almost thick in taste. Smooth. A delicious, velvety aftertaste. Perfect for red meat and big meals.

Circumstances and buzz: Just watching the Yanks. Bought this Bordeaux over the weekend, and saved it for tonight to have with a roast beef and potatoes au gratin.

How long it keeps with a wine saver: n/a

On a scale of 1 to 10: 10. It's one of the best wines we've ever had - and ever agreed on!

Website?: n/a
Current Location: My couch
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Yanks vs Red Sox on YES
15 April 2006 @ 10:27 am
This is not a 'normal' post for this site, but since it is a wine_talk site, I thought it this would be interesting to share:

06 February 2006 @ 07:49 pm
Vineyard, vintage, type: Trapiche 2003 Malbec (Viña José Blanco)

Where from: Argentina

Cost and store: $33 from Yorkshire. Yes, $33. But on this page it's only...$6.99...???

Opinion: This is our first malbec, and we are very impressed. Thick and dark (it's black in our glasses!!!), it's flavorful and delicious. It tastes like something you'd get in a fancy steak house, like The Palm, with a delicous steak when you want to treat yourself. Dry but fruity...who knew you could have both? Not an "everyday" wine, like a good Merlot, and not something to drink by itself. Have it with red meat or spicy food. It's so thick that even though it's a regular 750 mL like most bottles of wine, the bottle is bigger than normal bottles, and therefore heavier.

Adjectives: Thick. Very, very dark. Fruity. Dry. Big. Bold. Hint of chocolate aftertaste. Smells vaguely like cherries.

Circumstances and buzz: Carlos bought this without my permission, but it's fine. I'm really enjoying it, and if we can really get it for $7 on that website, then...hell yeah! We had it with a very salty, garlickey roast beef and potatoes au gratin tonight, and it totally works. The salt and garlic make the wine taste sweeter! So far, after a glass and a half, a good, smooth buzz that I could ride all night.

On a scale of 1 to 10: 10. But at a $33 cost, it's not something we'll be getting often.

No website, no photo.
23 January 2006 @ 08:45 pm
Vineyard, vintage, type: Hogue Columbia Valley 2004 Johannisberg Riesling

Where from: California

Cost and store: $9 from Vintage Grape

Opinion: As far as whites go, this is more than decent. A great value for the money. This was rated a 22 (on a scale of 30) in Andrea Immer's wine guide for both taste and value.

Adjectives: Fruity but crisp, sweet, not too strong, but with a distinctively grape-y aftertaste. Mild spice. A little jucier than I like my whites, but would drink it again and still recommend it.

Circumstances and buzz: We bought this to go with a basic chicken dinner tonight. We both got rather drunk right away. Carlos fell asleep from it at 8:30! Basically, it has the effect of a red, with the taste of a white.

On a scale of 1 to 10: 8

Website?: http://www.hoguecellars.com/

Hogue Riesling
15 January 2006 @ 07:43 pm
I've decided to do away with the "How long it keeps with a wine saver" part of the template except for magnums. Just FYI!

Vineyard, vintage, type: Sella & Mosca, 2001, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

Where from: Sardegna, Italy

Cost and store: $16 at Vintage Grape on Second Ave

Opinion: A brilliant wine. According to the website, Italian Cannonau is the same as French Grenache and Spanish Alicante. I thought that Chianti was the driest wine there is, but tonight I've discovered Cannonau! Try swirling it around in your mouth for a while...it's spicy and takes all your saliva with it. A perfect companion to the roast beef we had for dinner tonight. A sophisticated wine with a strong flavor and floral nose.

Adjectives: Very, very dry. Smokey. Spicy. Robust.

Circumstances and buzz: Carlos picked this out and we had it with a very salty and garlickey roast beef and baby broccli florets dinner. The dinner and wine complimented each other perfectly. It's so strong that after only a glass and a half I already have a pleasant, smooth buzz going on!

On a scale of 1 to 10: 10!

Website?: http://www.sellaemosca.com/sitoengl/home.htm

Sella & Mosca Cannonau
30 December 2005 @ 05:31 pm
Vineyard, vintage, type: Brotherhood Winery, no vintage, New York State Burgundy

Where from: Washingtonville, NY

Cost and store: $6.99 at the Brotherhood Winery store or online (see below)

Opinion: A perfect table wine, goes well with a variety of foods.

Adjectives: Dry, medium-bodied, fruity but not as fruity as a merlot

Circumstances and buzz: The one we tried at the winery's tasting wasn't as good as the bottle we opened at home. It's light enough to drink an entire bottle in one sitting, but not as light as a pinot noir; it still has enough substance to compliment a heavy Italian meal.

How long it keeps with a wine saver: Don't know, we drank the whole bottle at once!

On a scale of 1 to 10: 10

Website?: http://www.brotherhoodwinery.net/pages/

Brotherhood Burgundy