I haven’t focused too much on wine lately here at Pure Indulgence. Sure we’re drinking plenty of it but it’s not been up to par. Plus, if you’ve caught any of the shows, you’ve heard me talk about setting a standard for Pure Indulgence. Developing a standard for which there isn’t an easy definition of in my head has been the main issue and goal here.
That being said, the wine we’ve had of late hasn’t been up to par. I mean it’s been drinkable but the lots Grocery Outlet has picked up weren’t all that stellar until recently.
I’m pleased to tout the goodness of Redhead Ranch though. Sadly I don’t have notes but if you’re going to Grocery Outlet, be sure to pick them up. They hold the candle right now. Nothing stellar but they are a good start for a wine that normally sells for above $15 a bottle that we pick up for $4.99. Out of Paso Robles, we get some pretty good wine. The 2005 Zinfandel was especially nice.
We’re slowly changing things around here as promised at the first of this year. Slowly, adding different dimensions to the blog as we rotate through what it means to enjoy the true essence of Pure Indulgence.
The other update is that my email posts aren’t showing up as they should. The last update I had from @UrWineGuy from Twitter should have been more than a PDF. Alas, Google is being a pain in the ass and won’t let me access it right now to repost. But I will be remaining more active. Plus Pure Indulgence is going to get a facebook fan page soon. Since I CAN use the facebook app for my pixi, I’ll be doing that more often as I attend events and tweet from them too.
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.
Cassis on the nose with dark berry fruits with light mouthfeel complimented by firm tannins to make this an enjoyable wine. The producer says they source from small lots and it shows with none of the overpowering characteristics that large lot product generally has.
My palate isn’t distinct enough to tell the difference between French and Hungarian Oak yet but there was a definite smoothness added by the presence of oak aging.
$15.99 online. Again I picked mine up at Grocery Outlet for at least half off.
This Argentinian Malbec has a deep rich red color and a bright berry nose. Rich fruit with a tannic body, this wine would pair perfectly with a pepper steak. Vanilla notes mix with pleasant fruit. A nice medium slightly dry finish completes the Renovales Malbec.
Picked this up from Grocery Outlet for about $3 and the retail is just at $14.99.
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.
ort can’t be made in California, but I was amazed when I found this bottle of port for $4 at Grocery Outlet a few months back. I picked up a few bottles just for kicks, figuring that it’s probably past it’s vintage and would just be dumped but I secretly had hoped for a zinger.
While I didn’t get a HUGE win, I did get a port that’s deep purple in color, has a nice, velvety structure, probably from the zinfandel blend (also added is touriga, tinto cao and Sousao) that create a nice ruby port-style with character. The port is a syrupy dose of heaven for not too much money if you can find it.
Information on Belo Vineyards can be obtained by emailing them at email@example.com
A little info: Belo Wine Company is owned and operated by winemaker Terence Dewane. He has been making wine commercially in Napa since his first vintage in 1992 which was merely a barrel. It is always an extremely rare treat for us to try dessert wines from Napa because there are so few producers here who specialize in the “sweet stuff”. Belo’s main specialty is premium Port wine.
Again, this was a very pleasant surprise from a California producer of port – not because good port can’t be produced in California (see Westover Cellars in Castro Valley) but because it’s not a typical style that we see in wine.