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Weekly Wine – Gray Fox

23 Nov

1123gfcharGray Fox Chardonnay
2015
USA
750ml
13% ABV
$8.55 (LCBO)

I look at this label with a bit of trepidation.
On the one hand foxes are good looking animals.
On the other they are known to be sly and mischievous.
The one on this bottle looks cute. It looks at me invitingly. Try me it beckons.
But what lies beneath those imploring eyes and the screw cap is a mystery. I must find out.
The first sip is Nasty. So is the second. It is sourish and a little sweet – that’s the chardonnay speaking. There are apples here and lemons I think. But it is sour… not the super unpleasant kind of sour, just the kind like the candy kids eat.
I don’t want that in a wine.

Weekly Wine – Naked Grape (USA)

18 Nov
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Naked Grape Pinot Grigio
Year: N/A
USA
750ml
12% ABV
$9.99 (LCBO)

This wine confused me. Not because I had to write another review about an average Pinot Grigio wine. The confusion stemmed from the fact that there is a Canadian Naked Grape wine label. I’ve done the Uncorked Shiraz, but I’ve yet to do the others.
This is Naked Grape from California. It is a Pinot Grigio. I just had a swig of the wine and am trying to remember what it was like. I’ll have another.
It is unremarkable Pinot Grigio. A standard wine that will not offend anybody except the most militant of teetotallers. It is pleasant when well chilled on a hot day – like today when I am sampling it. What’s it like when it warms up – honestly, that won’t happen. It is hot outside and I’m on a balcony enjoying a great view – with a nice inoffensive wine to help me along.

Weekly Wine – Gallo

3 Jun

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E & J Gallo White Zinfadel
2013
USA
750ml
8.5% ABV
$9.45 (LCBO)

A nice pinkish rose that is a pleasure to drink when it is hot outside.
It is rather dry and sharp which is very nice – again – on a hot day.
The fruitiness is quite subdued and it does not leave a sticky sweet taste in your mouth.
This is a very nice wine, the initial sharpness and dryness might set a few people back initially. But then the second sip will be pure pleasure. The balance between the fruitiness and the tartness is spot on. It makes for a very refreshing beverage.
The label is classically understated and tasteful. This wine will make for a nice bottle to bring to a summers barbecue gathering.
The low alcohol content is also a plus – you don’t really need high alcohol content when the sun is beating down on you. This wine is a great balancing act and a good drink when it is hot outside.

Weekly Wine – Gray Fox

23 Apr

SONY DSCGray Fox Merlot
2012
USA
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.25 (LCBO)

It is quite astounding that I keep on finding wines for under 10 bucks. I thought I would have run out of wines and would have to go up to 11, or just review the same old wines but with a different year.
Here’s another American wine. A good Californian wine.
How good?
A friend who is skeptical of low cost wines gave this wine an uncomplementary look before trying it and then said, “Hey, it’s not bad.” The wine even got a bit better after breathing a bit according to them.
The wine is harsh around its edges. The sulphites are definitely a presence in this wine but they do not get in the way of the wines light and subtle flavour.

Weekly Wine – Barefoot

12 Mar

SONY DSCBarefoot Merlot
Year
USA
750ml
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I never knew that it was possible to buy an under ten dollar bottle of California wine in Ontario. It is nice to know that you can.
This is a fairly good wine. It is not superb though.
It is very dry and not too pleasant. I initially thought this was because I had some almonds before having my first sips. So I wait a bit, clean the palate and have a few more sips.
The subsequent sips of wine go down much better, but there still is a hint of bitterness in the finish. I save this bottle for the next day and that bitter finish is still there at the end. So it was not the almonds after all.
This wine takes a bit of getting used to. I realized that it is quite fruity once I dealt with the bitterness. I started to understand that this wine was a bit more complex that I was expecting. There are a lot of interesting flavours here in this bottle. It takes a bit of time for these flavours to assert themselves.
Once these flavours come out, this wine hits its stride. It is a good interesting wine that will hold its own with wines that cost twice as much.