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Wine review – Wente 1883 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013

This is a celebratory blend to commemorate the formation of two

great American Icons in both grocers and wine making.   Kroger and Wente both found their way onto the scene in America during the year 1883 and have had a bit of a partnership as Icons in their respective industries.

I’ll be honest.  Much of what I’m seeing in the grocery stores that passes for wines from California does little to thrill me.  Perhaps it’s years of living in the Bay Area and having access to much of the wine up front, or having access to inexpensive wines that were under priced.

The Wente Cab isn’t a bad Cabernet.  Fruit flavors and cherry from the get go start off the wine.  It’s a deep red in color.  The nose of this wine is light, but the berry tartness can be picked up easily.  The wine has a mellow flavor, almost like that mulled wine flavor I keep picking up in CA wines that I buy from the grocer.  I did manage to pair it with tritip from the cast iron, and that helped.

This is not a disparaging review by any means.  I have had a ton of wines from California (particularly from Underground Cellar and Firstleaf)  and this wine serves as an excellent table wine with friends.

Wine review: Isolani 2016 Pinot Blanc

I picked up this wine from First Leaf wine club along with two others which are resting now. The advertisement said the wind would retail for over 25 bucks at least so I was a little skeptical because the only one program I’ve found so far has been underground cellar.

And I love everything Underground Cellar has sent me.

Anyway this was the first time I’ve ever had a Pinot blog and it was from 2016 Monterey California. And it was pretty amazing. It started off with a really fresh nose with hints of grapefruit. The wine was pale yellow, but the text. The taste was chalky, very very minerally, slightly off dry with a medium finish. Perfect for summertime

Wine review: Inspiration Vineyards 2012 Dry Creek Zinfandel

Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, operated by John and Barbara Philips.  Grapes come from an eastern facing Hillside Vineyard just outside Healdsburg, CA.

My retarded ass got audio, but I didn’t get any video or photos, so you’re going to have to resort to stock photos for now.  The pairing for this meal was actually buffalo steak with Cajun spice.

My preferences in Zins tend toward big, fruity powerhouse styles with meat laced pizza (no cheese!)

But right from the start, the nose is nice spice and pepper.  Berry notes, along with an unidentifiable green substance, not sure what that is.  But it’s present in the old world wines I tend to enjoy.

Taste – a really relaxed Zinfandel.  Sweet cherry on the palate followed by a medium dry finish coating the mouth deliciously.  Hints of terroir, with more balance than expected out of California wines as of late.

This was a stellar wine pick that I grabbed at Underground Cellar.  You should check them out.  I don’t get paid to endorse them, though hopefully that’s going to be a thing some day.  Oh, I can dream…

Wine Review: Silver Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Picked up this wine for what seemed like a steal at Grocery Outlet. I think we paid less than $5.

Anyway, really light red color, strong berry nose with an extremely light body and short finish. This is NOT a typical cabernet but wasn’t overpowered by the rosemary salt hamburgers I served with it.

As far as wine reviews go, this is on the lighter side simply because the wine wasn’t so massively impressive, but again, it was a Grocery Outlet buy. Those tend to be hit or miss.