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Miraval Cote De Provence

This was a find from Underground Cellar that I really enjoyed. The

flavors were standard out of a good solid Cote De Provence, chalk, mineral, and this was an excellent summer sipping wine.

Notes on the nose include grapefruit, terroir, and a touch of sweetness.

The gold straw color isn’t so prolific thanks to my shitty photo taking abilities, but this was definitely an enjoyable wine.  Medium finish.

For great deals on wine (we both get $25 in wine I think) Underground Cellar.

Wine Review: Casarena 505Vineyards 2014 Red Blend

The 505 Vineyards Red Blend went well with my NY Strip. The rarity that I get NY Strip, I like a good, full balanced and tannic wine.

This was that, definitely with tart berry, touch of earth and tannin.  Not overpowering, but pleasant.  Medium finish.  Some minerality in the grapes.  The blend is Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot, and all of those individual grapes blend together seamlessly.

Michel Rolland has had a profound influence on both French and international winemaking, responsible for more 90+ scoring vintages than any other individual in his time” – From Firstleaf

FirstLeaf or Underground Cellar, are the two wine programs I’m recommending.  Neither have

disappointed me.  Being on a budget as I am, and still wanting a value for 6 bottles of wine, Firstleaf lets me schedule shipments whenever I want. That really saves my bacon when bills come due. Or I need to make sure I’m home to accept the UPS package.

Underground Cellar offers one wine, but oftentimes gives you multiple chances for upgrades on better, more expensive (and in this case, it DOES count) wines.  Underground Cellar will store your wines for you, up to I think three cases.

Underwood cellars sparkling NV Rose

It’s nice to go where they remember you even after you haven’t visited in eons!  I picked up another can of wine.  Yes, you read that right.  

Underwood Cellars is located in Oregon and is part of the Union Wine Company. 

The folks at Wahoo Wine and Provisions keep Underwood Cellars cans of wine in stock and out of my own natural curiosity I had to try one.  I’ve had the Cabernet Savignon, the Pinot Noir and now I’m trying the Sparkling Rose.

I have to be honest.  The snob in me is disgusted LOL!

PInk Sparkling Rose…

But honestly?  This is one of the better cans of wine I’ve had in a long time. In fact, for a rose, since I’m not overly fond of those to begin with, it was pretty tasty.  The nose was typical, but the flavors were lingering tart cherry, blueberry and almost a candy heart sugariness that’s oddly light and refreshing.

I’ll go back for the other two cans mentioned and do reviews on them when I can.

The bubbles are light and approachable without being too dry

Big takeaway here?  Oregon is known for stellar Pinots.  But wine in a can?

Blew my mind too, but remember, a can of wine is HALF A BOTTLE haha!

Wine review: 9 mile road langhorne creek Shiraz 2013

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!

Wine Review: Chateau Vircoulon 2011 Bordeaux

 Chateau Vircoulon 2011 Bordeaux
Chateau Vircoulon 2011 Bordeaux

Trying something a little different.  Now that this isn’t WP hosted, I can upload audio.  I apologize for the quality and the shitty short notes.  I’ll buy another bottle (oh damn) and do a more formal review.

 

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…