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Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Central Coast, CA

Vouvray Grande Reserve 2009 Alfio Moriconi Selection – Vouvray, France

Red Vin 2009 – Rheinhessen, Germany

Nostrada Tempranillo 2009, Tarragona, Spain

From the label: ‘A fruit-driven young red, made exclusively with well-ripened, hand-picked Tempranillo grapes from the ancient winelands of Tarragona. Here, Spain’s most highly-prized native variety offers an easy-drinking red wine, with delicious tempting aromas of rich blackcurrent and ripe red berries, making a beautifully balanced Spanish treat!’

Price: $7.99 – screw top (yes, I’ve been buying screw tops. I am trying not to be such a snob πŸ™‚ )

This wine from the Tarragona Region of Spain was a nice dark burgundy color. When smelling the bouquet the word ‘pretty’ kept coming to mind. I don’t know how to explain it other than that. Yes, it was ‘pretty’.

The taste was heavy and boasting the flavors of dark fruits with a bit of a floral essence in there as well. It had a very light finish.

I picked this wine because I wanted to try a wine made with Tempranillo grapes. I know people who LOVE this grape. I found this wine to be quite pleasant but its ‘prettiness’ took me off guard. I’ve never experienced a wine with this essence before.

Overall I liked the wine. It was different from my usual foray into Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignons. It expanded my horizons on what red wine tastes like and I got to experience another personality of red.

I gave this wine a rating of 89. Very close to being a top pick (which is 90 or above) but I think it’s newness to me kept it from making it into the top category. Definitely a wine to experience if you’re looking to broaden your horizons and see everything that red has to offer.

Porta Cabernet Sauvignon – 2009 Valle Central, Chile

From the back label:

‘Bright red in color, this particularly fruity wine features red fruits, strawberries and blackberries. Very soft and fruity on the palate with ripe tannins and good balance.

This fruity Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted meats. The ripe tannins accompany the cooking spices, bringing out the flavor of the dishes it is served with.’

Price: $6.99

Forgive me for my rather short post lately but I am loaded down with work and I am working under the supposition that any short blog post is better than none at all. I hope you agree.

Now this wine was originally bought with the intention of being used in a Pasta Bolognaise recipe so I didn’t want to spend too much dinero on something I was going to cook rather than drink.

This estate bottled Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile was a really nice surprise given the fact that A, it has a screw cap (I bet you thought I’d never admit to that one right?) and B, the more expensive wine I bought to actually drink with the dish that never got made was awful (see last week’s Sunday post: Montepulo Red Wine 2008, Abruzzo, Italy). So, of course, this one cost less so my logic would say it’s got to be a dog right? Wrong!

Though I have other inexpensive wines that are my typical standbys when I’m looking for something nice to drink and I don’t want surprises (two of which are Lindeman’s Bin 40 Merlot from Australia & Barefoot Merlot from California) this wine would come in nicely in third place should my other two regulars not be available.

This was a nice light red Cabernet Sauvignon that made a nice impression. It was enjoyable and I have nothing bad to say about it other than ‘It has a screw top, man!’ πŸ™‚

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Trapiche Malbec 2009 – Mendoza, Argentina

Description from back of label:

‘A rich, red-colored wine with violet hues, redolent of plums and cherries.. Round in the mouth with a touch of truffle and vanilla. The ideal wine for empanadas, grilled meat, pasta, spicy cuisine and cheese.’

As of late I’ve been hearing a lot about Malbec wines and when my friend, Camille, challenged me to try one I went out and picked the first one I saw and I’ll confess they were ‘buy one, get one free’ variety at my local grocery store. My logic was that being I know nothing about Malbec this was as good a way as any to pick one.

Being they were the ‘buy one, get one’ variety I picked the same wine but different vintages (2009 & 2010). The one I am reviewing today is a Trapiche Malbec 2009 and it comes from the Argentine region of Mendoza.

When I first opened the wine I noticed how strong the bouquet was. It was almost offensive. The first sip was overly strong and harsh but after literally aerating it with my handy new Rabbit Shower Aerator four times it calmed down a bit…but not much.

The color was a deep, rich, dark, almost inky purplish black. After a bit of contemplating on the bouquet of this wine I decided that there was a strong scent of plums as well as an earthy smell. The taste was very peppery, oaky, and plummy (if that’s indeed a word πŸ™‚ )

My overall feeling for this wine is that it’s too harsh for my liking. I generally prefer a wine that’s a bit smoother than this. BUT…to be fair to Malbecs all over the world I have to say that I have virtually no experience with this type of grape variety so I will be trying other Malbecs in the coming months and comparing them to see what’s usual for this type of wine and what’s not.

Also, I will be taking a wine course next month that hopefully will help me to get so much better at describing these wines for all of you. I feel that my descriptions of the wines are vague sometimes but then that’s what learning is all about, isn’t it?Β  πŸ™‚