This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club. I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.
Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.
The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.
When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!
Another wine from South Eastern Australia with body and structure! This cabernet possesses an old world style with firm tannins, thick leathery mouthfeel and a chewiness not commonly found in new world wines. It opens up slightly with a little more fruit after an hour or so.
Pair this with a steak or rustic Italian pasta dish with a red sauce and you can’t go wrong!
I will admit I’ve been looking for more old world style wines and Grocery Outlet is starting to carry more of them. The wine buyer there is Stefano Turrini, formerly of Veloce (Now Dimmi) Liquor Di Milano. The man has a passion for providing customers with quality wines. I met him way back when La Salle Cigars was still open in Montclair, Oakland. I did a review of Dimmi and have one bottle left but I’ll have to hunt for it!
Ruby red in color with softer fruits and less pepper than I like yet this is a solid wine to pair with steaks and lamb burgers. There is enough structure in the wine for it to hold up for another year at most. A light medium finish closed off this wine from South Eastern Australia.
Wine retails for about $15 but we picked it up at Grocery Outlet.
For the lamb burgers I simply mixed sea salt, black pepper, oregano and chili powder into the meat, cooked until ddsired and served on rosemary rolls with potatoes.
Been a week since the last update and I thought since I haven’t drank or smoked anything noteworthy, I’d just take a moment to share what I have been drinking and smoking.
First, yesterday at Grants I smoked the Triumfador by Tatuaje. I understand it’s roughly the same or similiar blend to the La Riqueza (which I need to review for this blog!) and the round of opinions from the guys who smoked it found it pleasant and and “excellent cigar.” I had to agree. Construction was solid, the wrapper held some oily notes along with that signature flavor profile by master blender Don “Pepin” Garcia. I’ll be smoking another one Saturday more than likely. Thanks Pete Johnson!
Oh, at Tobacco Road I finally picked up an Ashton VSG Sungrown. Heard this was a nice smoke and at $17 a stick, it’s blog worthy based on my standards. I’ll report that soon!
I picked up pipe smoking a few weeks back and am enjoying that but haad to deal with the learning curve. Thankfully one of the gents i smoke with has offered to introduce me to some of the finer points on pipe smoking. Btw I picked up a Perot pipe for about $35 from Grants.
This week I’ve had Murrietta’s Well Meritage which doesn’t qualify for the blog (I think it retails for about $15 a bottle) but was a delightful wine to drink. Full of structure, nice tannins and flavor, this 2005 release is one i’ll pick up a few more bottles of. Thank you Livermore Valley, California!
Also this week we had GMH Verdelho from Australia. Geoff M. Hardy’s 2006 release shows bright fruit, acidity and some tartness on this well made South Australian wine.
Of note, was a new thing I might add to the blog. Beer reviews. My girlfriend picked up Three Philsopher’s belgian style ale. Bright flavors with a typical belgian style profile and fruit held nicely on the palate with a medium finish.
Guess that’s it for now.
As always, cheers!
A gold colored wine in the glass possesses just about the chalkiest flavors on a medium finish I have ever tastsed. Made in Tasmania, Australia, the lack of usage in wood really allows for the grapes to show a different side. Stone fruit on the nose was faint but present.
Served with catfish, jasmine rice and edamame, the pairing wasn’t “too” far off.
For a $12 bottle, this wasn’t too bad. Yeah, I know it doesn’t really fit the blog’s suggested price range either but we ARE open to reviewing free wine…
From South Eastern Austrailia, this wine boasts balanced tannins and chocolate on the palate with a creamy oak feel in the mouth. A medium bodied Cab from Aussie Vineyards. A ripe berry nose that opens up after time. Paired well with steak covered in african spice mixture and fried potato slices.
This wine is priced at just under $20 but I picked it up for less at Grocery Outlet.