Another FirstLeaf selection, and the last from my last shipment, this wine was equally as impressive as the other five bottles drank and reviewed. Our offering today is from South Eastern Australia and is an 80/20% mix of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine has a very faint nose with hints of berry. Swirling the wine brings the berry flavors up. The wine has almost a deep purple tint to it.
The first sip confirms it. Sweet berries and hints of oak come together in a lush mouthfeel that leaves a lingering medium finish on the palate. As the wine reaches room temperature, the berries become more pronounced, almost like cherry but with less tartness and a touch of spice.
This non vintage wine from Moldova, of all countries, (it’s next to Romania) was found in one of the package stores in Morristown, TN. When I saw the bottle and where it was from, my heart did a little flutter over a fond memory of a lover, a lake and magic…but you’re interested in the juice.
From the Nisporeni region of Moldova has berry purple and deep red hues. Port jamminess with hints of honey tickles the nose. This wine drinks very much like a medium bodied port with a mild finish and notes of honey, creamy spice and finishes up with slight pepper.
I think I paid about $24 or so for it and would have a few bottles on hand just to break out for difference. It made for a very nice dessert wine, honestly. Over time it opened up, but still drank very much like a port.
First off, I have to state that this wine is an incredible one. The folks at Cornerstone Cellars did an outstanding job as usual. We’d had this bottle lying around for some time as a wine I picked up of theirs some time back seemed to be a little young, so I let this one sit for six months. Glad I did because the wine nose is very powerful, yet typical of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lush and full with leathery thickness on the palate, this medium to full bodied wine hits like a freight train on the mouth. It’s delicious, starting off with spice and balance to compliment the leather notes and chewy mouthfeel.
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!
We picked up this lively wine from Grocery Outlet and swirled and smelled, and swirled and smelled! Ripe fruit hits the nose followed by spice that lingers on the palate from the initial sip. Deep red color, this wine shows plenty of structure from the 2004 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon but is softened by the merlot blend. It’s a 67/33 Cab/Merlot blend from this producer that carries a light-medium mouthfeel and plenty of fruit and apparent spice.
A nice wine for enjoyment at $32 per bottle, even better at $4.99 from Grocery Outlet. This wine is showing potential to lay down for another year or two, and I’m guessing it’d soften up nicely.
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.
I was extremely surprised when I first popped the cork from this wine. Pleasant flavors and typical aromas hit the nose before I’d poured into the glass. The cork crumble was expected since the wine was a few years old but 1996 was a good year for solid production in wine.
My reservation was with the fact that I paid $5 for this wine and it retails for like, $17 or so. The Grocery Outlet store here in Oakland has a less than stellar selection of wines and most of what we pick up I’d consider drinkable. Nothing more.
But this wine had structure though it was starting to fade. Deep red in color with tints of brown from age, this wine swirls with nice long legs. Aromas of cherry and fruit come to the nose with a welcome bit of terroir. Soft tannins and mellow undertones of berry fruit are evident with a nice medium finish.
After half an hour, the wine softened more and opened up with more sweetness on the palate and some light acidity that paired with spaghetti.
I’ll be going back to pick up a few more bottles of this cab at this procie for sure!
The winery’s website is: Bighorn Cellars. They like to specialize in small production of exemplary wines from the regions they grow best in. Also, they’re out of Oregon. Remind me to go back and read the label as I just saw they have a higher end wine for $45 and I’d be curious to know if I picked that up.
This full bodied and flavorful wine from Spain has a red color & typical dry nose w/ berry and spice. The finish was medium with a nice mouth feel reminiscent of Rioja. We picked this wine up at Grocery Outlet on a discount. I’d say it’s worth themoney for another year, due to Spanish wine’s ability to age well.