Menage A Trois California Red Wine 2015

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From the Winemaker: “Our Ménage à Trois exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Forward, silky and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats and chicken.”


LABEL

Subtle, clean, elegant.  Would have expected a bit more ‘edge’ from a wine called Menage a Trois

COLOR

Rich dark purple

AROMA

On the nose lots and lots of jammy, ripe red and dark fruits

TASTE

On the palate, ripe cherries, black currants – definitely on the jammy side.  Medium bodied with a nice smooth finish.  Very tasty

PAIRING

Great steak wine, red sauces, stews, hearty meals

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9 this wine represents an excellent value


THE BOTTOM LINE

Really solid, realiable and readily available Red Blend. At around $9 how could you ask for more?  We are awarding this wine our Pick Of The Week and are also adding it to our Best Under $10 List.  Pick one or a case up today!

OVERALL RATING

4stars

EXCELLENT

OPI Score = 84  What’s This?


Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Red Blend – Zinfandel (45%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20% )
Region: California
Country: USA
Winemaker: Folie A Deux Winery
Average Price: $9

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Menage A Trois Silk Soft Red Blend 2015

This one is a blend of Pinot Noir (70%), Malbec (20%) and Petit Sirah (10%).

From the winemaker:  “Lose yourself in the sensual pleasures of Ménage à Trois Silk—a smooth, seductive red blend that caresses you with every sip. With its bright, red ruby hue in the glass and alluring fragrance of dried violets and berries, Silk beckons, promising an unforgettable experience. Succulent cherry and ripe raspberry flavors mingle with delicate hints of rose petals and toasty spice, and glide gracefully across your palate like liquid silk. Seamless and lustrous, Silk is the lavish, luxurious encounter you’ve been craving.”


LABEL

Label was a bit dark.  Could barely read the lettering.  Not very appealing

COLOR

Bright red

AROMA

Lots of red fruit on the nose

TASTE

Medium bodied.  Lots of red fruit on the pallet

PAIRING

BBQ, Stews, Grilled Meats

PRICE (VALUE)

Decent value at around $9

THE BOTTOM LINE

An OK red blend but not as good as some of their other offerings.

OVERALL RATING

3stars

GOOD

OPI Score = 55.5  What’s This?


Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Red Blend
Region: California
Country: USA
Winemaker: Folie A Deux Winery
Average Price: $9

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Cono Sur Bicicleta Limited Edition Pinot Noir 2016

From the winemaker:  “Dressed in fresh purple red colour, this is a voluptuous Pinot Noir with rich fruit notes of cherry, raspberry, plum and strawberry – a red fruit party! – enhanced by subtle smoked hints. In mouth sweet fruit notes stand out, and its fine tannins give it a great texture and a mouth filling structure. Balanced and New World styled, this is a wine of personality and elegance. Sexy, pure and simple, it’s a young and refreshing Pinot.”


LABEL

Fun cool label.  I’m a cyclist myself so I must say I was drawn to the bottle because of this

COLOR

Light red

AROMA

Cherry and stawberry on the nose

TASTE

Very subtle. Red fruits with a light finish

PAIRING

Grilled meats – chicken, pork

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $8 its a very affordable bottle

THE BOTTOM LINE

Wouldn’t say I was deeply moved by this bottle.  I found it to be a bit too subtle for my palate.  Certainly a young wine.  At around $8, it does however represent a decent value for the Pinot Lover.

OVERALL RATING

2stars

 

GOOD

OPI Score = 43  What’s This?


Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Country: Chile
Winemaker: Cono Sur Winery
Average Price: $8

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19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited.

As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick.  This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built.

From the Winemaker: “Wonderful paired with a scheme for an evening’s escape, this wine conjures up red currants, dark berries and sweet vanilla oak in a passing smell. Caramel lurks in the back. Firm cabernet tannins and red fruits let the flavor linger after each nip.”


LABEL

Completly out of box and unique.  Never seen anything like it on the wine market

COLOR

Rich Dark red

AROMA

Lots of dark fruit

TASTE

On the palate, more dark fruits with a hint of vanilla.  Medium bodied. Smooth finish

PAIRING

Pair with grilled red meats, ribs, meat sauced pastas.

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9 you will be hard pressed to find anything on the market that tastes this good for your money


THE BOTTOM LINE

Another wonderful Cab for under $10.  The folks at 19 Crimes Winery really got it right with this one.  An absolute pleasure to drink and share.

We are naming it our “Diamond in the Rough” Winner for August.  It will also be our Pick of the Week selection this week and will grace our monthly Best Under $10 List.  Pick one up today!

OVERALL RATING

4 Stars = Excellent

4 Stars

EXCELLENT

OPI Score = 90  What’s This?


Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Barossa
Country: Australia
Winemaker: 19 Crimes Winery
Average Price: $9

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14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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14 Hands wines are inspired by the unbridled spirit of the wild horses that once freely roamed eastern Washington.

Though Labelled as a Cab, this one is technically a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% other varieties including Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Syrah

From the Winemaker: “Rich, juicy red that features aromas of dark cherry, black currant, coffee and subtle hints of spice. These flavors are complemented by a touch of spicy oak and emphasized by refined tannins”


LABEL

Bright, fresh, cool and engaging.  Really draws you in.

COLOR

Rich Dark red

AROMA

On the nose I got some nice dark fruits (mainly cherries) and a bit of orange peel

TASTE

On the palate, more dark fruits, cherries, plums and small hint of spice.

PAIRING

Pair with grilled red meats, ribs, meat sauced pastas.

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9 this is an excellent wine for the money


THE BOTTOM LINE

I really enjoyed this Cab. At around $9 you’ll be hard pressed to find anything as good on the market at this price point.

We are naming it our “Diamond in the Rough” Winner for July.  It will also be our Pick of the Week selection this week and will grace our monthly Best Under $10 List.  Pick one up today.  I heard they only made 850,000 cases!

OVERALL RATING

4stars

EXCELLENT

OPI Score = 90  What’s This?


Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Columbia Valley, WA
Country: USA
Winemaker: 14 Hands Winery
Average Price: $9

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The Velvet Devil 2014

Picked this one up on sale the other day at my local wine store completly on a whim.  I’m always fascinated by wines from this part of the country.

From the winemaker:  “Balanced, rich and explosive. Think red plums and bittersweet cocoa with hints of smoke and cedar. So smooth, so naughty, and so very, very nice.”


LABEL

Fun and eye catching.  Simple design yet with the big bold fonts and the pitch fork draws you in for a look

COLOR

Nice rich purple

AROMA

Lots of dark fruit on the nose very faint hint of chocolate

TASTE

I’d call this one medium bodied and not full as the wine maker may suggest.  Decently rounded with a medium finish

PAIRING

Good with rich tomato based dishes, stews, pizza, pastas, bbq

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $12 a well enough constructed Merlot for your dollar.

THE BOTTOM LINE

It’s a respectable Merlot but not a brilliant Merlot.  At around $12, it’s a good value. If you’re in the Market for a Merlot from Washington State give this one a try!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 63  What’s This?


Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Merlot
Region: Columbia Valley, WA
Country: USA
Winemaker: Charles Smith Wines
Average Price: $12

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Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2014

A wonderful little Malbec sourced from the grapes of 200 independent producers throughout Mendoza, Argentina.

From the winemaker:  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.


LABEL

Clean, elegant and understated.

COLOR

Deep Purple

AROMA

Nose of plum and black cherry with a touch of pepper

TASTE

Round and ripe.  Lots of great dark berry flavors with some pepper notes

PAIRING

Cheese, red meats, stews

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9, this one is another great value buy

THE BOTTOM LINE

I enjoyed this Malbec.  Round and ripe, lots of nice dark fruits and pepper notes. Quite smooth. At around $9 a bottle, this one is a tremendous value.  We’re adding it to our Best Under $10 list!  Salut!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

 

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 76.5  What’s This?


Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Malbec
Region: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Winemaker: Trapiche Wines
Average Price: $9

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Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2011

Smoking Loon wines are crafted on the premise that good wine shouldn’t have to take themselves so seriously.   Per the winemaker, they get their name from Don Sebastiani’s love of cigars and his father August’s passion for water fowl (I believe loons/ducks fall into this category)


This one happens to be one of my wife’s favorites under $10.  She used to call it Smokin’ Lion (long story)  No wonder I could never find this thing in the aisles.  Screams value buy!

LABEL

Simple, clean looking.  Love the cool looking smoking loon somewhat hidden in the design.

COLOR

Nice Ligh Purple.

AROMA

Brigh fruity aroma of raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries.

TASTE

Light finish, red fruit with a little spice.

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9, this one screams value.

PAIRING

It’s a casual, light everyday wine.  Pair it with everyday fare like Pizza, Burgers, Pastas, BBQ, Chinese Food (Yea I said it)

THE BOTTOM LINE

At a price point of about $9 per bottle you really can’t go wrong with this medium bodied wine. It’s consistant and goes with almost anything you throw at it!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

 

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 67  What’s This?


Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: N/A
State: California
Winemaker: Smoking Loon Wine Co.
Average Price: $9

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Cupcake Red Velvet 2011

Pleasantly surprised by this wine. Lot’s of big aroma and flavor in this quiet, conservative, unassuming bottle.

LABEL

Elegant, understated, clean.

COLOR

Dark Purple.

TASTE

Nice prominent nose of Chocolate, Blackberry and Raspberry.

PRICE

At around $12, this is a great all around value.

PAIRING

Experiment and have fun with this everyday, casual wine. Try it with BBQ, Pizza, Burgers.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Red velvet indeed. Wonderfully smooth, soft, everyday wine and a tremendous value. Pick one up today, you’ll enjoy it!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

OPI Score = 77  What’s This?


Wine: Cupcake Red Velvet
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Red Blend (Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah)
Region: Central Coast
State: California
Winemaker: Cupcake Vineyards
Average Price: $12

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