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Weekly Wine – Three Monkeys

1 Mar

Thr3 Monkeys
2015
Hungary/Sweden
750ml
11.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

How could you resist this wine.
This name for a wine.
The label.
I couldn’t. So, I bought it even though in my heart of hearts I knew that I would be a bit disappointed.
Drinking this wine has left me more confused than a barrel of monkeys. The initial taste is that of a syrupy medium bodied sweet wine. Like drinking flat ginger ale. The wine label said it is a “Fresh & Fruity White Wine,” and I guess it is fruity I just miss the fresh part.
It does kinda grow on you though. It is not bad if you like this type of wine – sweetish and heavy. I would pass on it though.
The lineage of this wine is fantastic – it is a Hungarian wine that is bottled for a company in Sweden. What’s it doing on a shelf in Canada then?

 

 

Weekly Wine – Dunvar

24 Aug

DunVpgDunvar Pinot Grigio
Year
Hungary
750ml
12% ABV
$9.55 (LCBO)

I keep on saying that it is hard to make a bad Pinot Grigio wine.
My first sip of this wine has me rethinking that statement.
I’m concerned because now I have to really think about this bottle. More so than other times.
The wine is crisp but it is not very light. I would not describe it as heavy butthere does seem to be a lot of fruity flavours working here and it does not come off as a crisp light wine. The flavour is fruity – apples lemons, lime. But somehow it does not work.
After the third and fourth sip a harsh after taste becomes more pronounced. These be sulphites that are emerging from behind the fruit.
Is this a bad Pinot Grigio – no. Not really. I’ve had much worse wines, and much better ones too. There are much better wines and Pinot Grigios at this price point, and even cheaper. If you are looking for a medium bodied, fruity and little sour wine – here you go. I wouldn’t bother.

Weekly Wine – Debroi

16 Sep

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Hungarovin Debroi Cuvee
2013
Hungary
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO) 

I was naturally sceptic of this wine. I had a favourite Hungarian wine that was under ten bucks. It inspired me to write about wines under a sawbuck.
That wine is no longer available and what was placed in its stead is bad. Simply bad.
I’ve had others and they were very underwhelming. I guess the Hungarian President has mucked around and destroyed the Hungarian wine industry. But that’s a different subject.
This wine is passable. It is sweeter than I like – it is rated as a medium, but it has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I tried to temper this with something salty, it didn’t work to well. Something sweet also did not take the edge off.
It has the aura of an inexpensive wine. Even an inexperienced wine drinker will recognize that this wine is not made to be savoured but to be gulped and not thought about much.

 

Weekly Wine – Dunavar

18 Feb

SONY DSCDunavar Muscat Ottonel
2012
Hungary
750ml
11.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

This is a heavy wine. There is substance to it. It is not earthy as some Portuguese wines can be but it is heavy in a much different way. It has a sour taste. Whereas most white wines are wines that enjoy sunshine and company, this one craves the darkness and solitude.
It is a strange wine. I have sampled it cold and at room temperature and I really can’t make up my mind – is it a passable wine or one to avoind. There is no mistaking that it is an inexpensive wine. It is very unrefined and harsh, but it is not that bad, which makes this wine puzzling.
It could be easy to say that I don’t like this wine – I don’t. But I don’t like many wines – some of which I gave good reviews to because they were good wines – just not suited to my taste.
This wine … is OK, I guess.

Weekly Wine – Riesling

5 Nov

SONY DSCJaszbery Etyek-Budai Riesling
2012
Hungary
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I approached this wine with great trepidation.
I had the
red wine a while ago. It used to be one of my favourite wines but it is nearly undrinkable now.
Ominously, this wine has a similar label – which incidentally is a very lovely label. It is the same winery.
My fears are warranted I think.

I tossed the bottle into the freezer. I need this wine chilled to the point before freezing occurs. I do have bad feelings about this wine.

The wine is cold and not bad. But then again, at about 3 degrees Celsius, there is not much taste. There is just a body of wine.
As the wine warms up to the recommended temperature of between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius, the flavours start to kick in. They are not too pleasant. The sulphites are there but also something metallic. It is a weird off flavour.
Back to the freezer this bottle goes.

Weekly Wine – Szekszardi

10 Sep

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2011
Hungary
750ml
12
% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I’ve had a version of this wine before. I always enjoyed it. In fact it was the first wine I reviewed on this blog. But that was Szekszardi Voros Kekfrankos. This is different.
It is a smaller bottle. That one was one litre.
And this one is worse.
Much worse.
This one has all the trappings of an inexpensive wine.
Foul flavour with a good wallop of sulphites to add to the misery.
A few sips of it and I was already feeling a headache coming on.
What a shame. The other one is a lovely wine.
This is one to avoid.


Weekly Wine – Szekszardi

10 Apr

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Szekszardi Voros Kekfrankos
2009
Hungary
1 Litre
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

The price is good. The quantity, one litre (10000 ml) as opposed to the regular 750ml, is good. The taste – good. You won’t mistake this wine for something a sommelier would recommend or even enjoy at the tail end of a three-day bender. But I have had much worse wines disguised as table wines in restaurants. This wine is dry. Remarkably so. It has a tart, crisp flavour. After the first sip of the wine I am always tempted to have some water. This might be a result of the sulphites but nevertheless; at this price point much can be forgiven. At 12% it has a nice bit of a kick to it as well. It is one of my favourite wines that I pick up quite often.