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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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

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2011

 

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So what exactly are ancient vines anyways? According to the winemaker Cline Cellars they are vines on their estate that are between 80-100 years old.

92% of this blend is sourced from grapes from these vines. The general belief is that older vines, when properly handled will produce a better wine.


LABEL

Clean, minimalistic. Doesn’t exactly scream “buy me!” There’s also a cool little recipe flip on the back for a PF Chang Ginger Plum Zin sauce.

COLOR

Ruby red.

AROMA

Cherry, vanilla and strawberry on the nose.

TASTE

Full bodied, elegant and smooth with a nice long finish.

PRICE (VALUE)

I’ve seen this wine retail for up to $16. At around $13 here in Miami, you can’t go wrong.

PAIRING

Roasted Meats, light tomato sauced based dishes.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Tremendous value and quality. Pick one up today, you will enjoy it!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 69  What’s This?


Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Zinfandel
Region: Contra Costa County
State: California
Winemaker: Cline Cellars
Average Price: $13

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Josh Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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An award winning sommelier and successful wine executive, Josh Carr realized after 9/11, that life was too short, and decided to go for his dreams, founding Joseph Carr Winery in 2005.

The winery operates under the negociant model, dedicated to producing hand crafted wines, made from the best grapes sourced from growers in Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California.

This particular bottle, Josh, named after his father, is part of Carr Winery’s second label, Josh Cellars. Carr jokingly refer to these wines as “vin de garage.”, however, these wines are all in fact handcrafted and sourced from organic growers.


LABEL

Nice, simple, clean and understated label.

COLOR

Good rich, dark color.

AROMA

A little bit of oak and fruit on the nose.  I let it sit for about 10 mins before trying it.

TASTE

On the palate, blackcurrant, spice, plums. Full bodied. Great long finish.

PAIRING

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

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $11 this represents a great value.

THE BOTTOM LINE

At around $11, this is a value cabernet sauvignon and a strong quality second label offering from a talented wine maker. A diamond in the rough. Pick one up today! Salud!

OVERALL RATING

3stars

 

VERY GOOD

OPI Score = 73  What’s This?


Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Sonoma
State: California
Winemaker: Josh Cellars/Joseph Carr Winery
Average Price: $11

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