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Weekly Wine – Alta Pinot

17 May

Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio
2016
Argentina
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

This is a more expensive cheap wine.
Is it good?
Yes, it is good. A little acidic and a little fruity. Quite dry and a little tart. There is a little bite to it that makes you take notice. There are no off flavours. There is nasty after taste. Yeah… it is good.
Does it sing?
It is very nicely balanced. I’m drinking this in the dead of winter here but I can feel the summer in Argentina. Upon further tasting I can taste peach and banana – and I am not a big fan of banana flavoured stuff. But I like this wine and I want to sing. So yes to that.
Does it make you want to order a case?
This kind of wine does not age well so unless you are consuming vast quantities…
But this would be a great table wine for a wedding or other reception. I have been to some and the wine was atrocious. There are a few wines that cost less than this but why would you ever order undrinkable wine to save a dollar, if that much, a bottle.

Note: since I bought this wine, drank it and reviewed it, this wine has shot up in price to a lofty $11.00.

Weekly Wine – Dragani

10 May

Dragani Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc
2015
Italy
750ml
12.5% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

I think I reviewed this wine last year. But it was a 2013 vintage and it cost a whopping 20 cents more.
Things don’t usually get cheaper – do they?
Imported wine usually does not get cheaper as the years roll by – does it?
Well this one, if it is the same and I think it is, did get cheaper – less expensive – more affordable.
I liked the 2013 vintage so is the 2015 up to snuff?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, indeed.
This is a very nicely balanced wine. There are no off flavours here just some nice indescribable fruit flavours – you get a bit of grape and cherry but you need to concentrate to pull these flavours out. It is quite pleasant and has a nice medium body that is perfectly dry.
At under eight bucks this is a fantastic value.

 

 

Weekly Wine – Dalbray

3 May

Christophe Dalbray
Year: N/A
France
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (Quebec gas station)

At first I thought – not bad.
Interesting even.
Could I have bought a half decent bottle of wine at a Quebec gas station for under ten bucks?
I’ve never had that luck before – could it have finally happened.
Not quite.
The immediate flavour of the first taste is deceptive. The flavour, while not revolting, is sour and fruity. While the wine is dry, the fruitiness is quite pronounced and gives it a sweet flavour ambiance. I have to note that the fruit flavour that comes from within this wine is not of wholesome organic fruits from some sun-drenched meadow handpicked by vegan farmers. The fruitiness is the kind you get in an artificial fruit drink – a generic chemically enhanced fruit flavour. So … combined with the sourness you get a kind of wine based sour key think. Tolerable – but just barely.
No, I have yet to find a passable wine at a Quebec gas station for under ten bucks.

 

Weekly Wine – Donini

26 Apr

Donini Merlot
2015
Italy
1,000ml
12% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This is a big bottle of average merlot.
That’s about it – I’ve been sitting here trying to come up with something smart to write.
The colour is a nice deep red – that’s nice.
It is dry and has quite a bit of acidity which is a little off putting and signals that this is wine comes from the bottom shelf in the store. The plum flavours are unique here but hat alone does not make this a go to wine.
It is better than many wines you do get at banquets, weddings and these type of events. The fact that it comes in a one litre size is also a bonus for the table.
It’s just is a big bottle of average merlot and in some cases that is exactly what you need.

Note: I bought this wine a while ago and since I drank it and reviewed it, the price of this wine has shot up by 15 cents to an incredible $10.10. Just outside my limit but it is here because I bought it back then when it was cheaper. It is still a good value wine though.

Weekly Wine – Canadian Rosé

19 Apr

Jackson-Triggs Rosé
2016
Canada
750ml
11.5% ABV
$9.75 (LCBO)

This wine looks good.
The bottle is nice.
I liked the colour.
I had such high hopes for this wine.
Really, I did.
Wow was the first sip sour. Not too good.
The second sip was not much better. This wine is very acidic – to the point that I can’t really taste the wine. It has a pink flavour I guess – kind of like kids drinks that the flavour is stated by the colour. Purple flavour, orange flavour, red flavour, green flavour.
This one is pink but it is not as sweet as the kid’s drinks – it is fairly dry and that just seems to exsacerbate the acidity and the sourness.
What a shame.

Weekly Wine – Tarquino

12 Apr

Tarquino Savignon Blanc
2016
Argentina
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This wine has the essence of a bull.
It has bull horns prominently displayed in front. It says so on the label in back that Tarquino was “the first pure-bred Shorthorn in Argentina.” This bull, as it goes states on the label, was introduced by a “British-born rancher John Miller, marking the start of huge improvements in cattle breeding in the country.”
What does this have to do with wine?
What does this have to do with the Falklands? (Damn, I wasn’t supposed to mention the war. I did a bit but I think I got away with it…)
The label is White and black – like a Herford cow. I don’t think bulls are white and black. I might be wrong. I could look it up on the interweb but… I have a bottle of wine and a blank page to deal with.
The wine is wine – a fair white wine It does not stand out as being a great buy nor does it make one recoil in horror. It is slightly acidic and that conflicts with the bouquet of fruit flavours that underline this wine.
Good for the bulls, the wine and the British ranchers.

Weekly Wine – Centurio

5 Apr

Centurio Velletri DOP
2015
Italy
750ml
12% ABV
$7.90 (LCBO)

This is actually not a bad wine. I drank the 2014 vintage but never got around to writing a review. It kinda got away from me.
The wine is dry and a bit tart – there be acidity in this fermented grape juice. But it is not wholly unpleasant. There is no distinct flavouring of sulphites as there are in some other wines in this economic region.
It does however suffer from a flat characterless flavouring. There is a hint of cherry – but you have to search for it. It has an overall flavour of an inexpensive wine – a good inexpensive wine but the kind you take to a picnic or a bush party – not one you bring out to high-falutin’ hosts, or to family.
As I said at the outset – this is not a bad wine and I like it. It is honest and unpretentious – if a bit unrefined.

Weekly Wine – Black Tower

29 Mar

Black Tower Rivaner
2015
Germany
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I was not expecting to like this wine.
The Black Tower wines I had many moons ago was sickly sweet and syrupy. But that was probably the Riesling … this is a grape called Rivaner.
To be fair, this is not a wine that is dry. The sweetness is more subline and mixes well with the fresh fruit flavour – I get a bit of apple and lemon here. There is a bit of acidity and it balances well with the lightly sweet fruitful flavour.
It is quite a nice wine, one that I would recommend to friends who like wines that aren’t bone dry. But in fact, mix this with some fruit and club soda and you will most likely get a really nice affordable spritzer drink for the summer deck, or porch or stoop.
There is a sticker on the bottle that touts the new design – it is a two-coloured bottle. I thought it was the same sickly sweet wine. I was wrong in my impressions. This is a very nice wine – no two ways about it.

Weekly Wine – Cote

22 Mar

George DeVilliers L’Entre-Cote
Year: N/A
Canada
750ml
11% ABV
$8.95 (Quebec gas station)

This label is fine looking.
Quite classy – one could mistake it for a nice French wine.
The label in the back claims that it is well balanced and well rounded.
Hmm.
Frankly it tastes like someone poured a bunch of leftover wine after a party into a vat and topped it off with some tap water to get the volume just right. In fact, this wine is a blend of various wines – none of them particularly good I suspect.
The bland flat flavour is punctuated, however, by a bizarre sourness that gets progressively more pronounced as one goes along drinking the wine.
I’m just getting down to the end of my first glass and am already thinking that my head will hurt me in the morning if I have another glass. Heck, it might hurt my while I drink the second glass.
Do I need to conclude the review by stating you should avoid this mixture?

Weekly Wine – Citra Grigio

15 Mar


Citra Pinot Grigio Terre di Chieti
2016
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

Like most pinot grigios this wine is OK.
It is light. It is crisp. It is slightly acidic and has a gentle flavour – Lemons I think.
It is well balanced. It is quite refreshing to drink and has no off flavours.
It is pleasant.
It says to serve well chilled but it also tastes ok just slightly chilled.
When warmed up a bit you get a slightly more pronounced acidity, probably caused by the added sulphites. But this is not a problem and only underlines the wine’s heritage of being under 10 bucks, and it is well under that sum.
Is this wine a superlative example of a Pinot Grigio – probably not, but it will match and surpass many wines that cost double the amount this wine costs.
Enjoy this one when you can.