Sunday, July 15, 2018

2014 Honoro Vera Garnacha

Well, today I've decided to open a bottle that's been sitting in my kitchen for a while, I can't recall where I got it but I put it on my counter behind the coffee and it's sat there ever since, the 2014 Honoro Vera Garnacha from the Catalayud region of Spain, which is well known for its Grenache.  And of course another advantage of Spanish wines is that like this wine they are usually good values for the price.  So let's see how this one tastes!

The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, a bit darker than some Grenache wines from France.  The nose presents aromas of ripe cherry, plum and currant amid spicy notes of white pepper and earthy green grass.  The taste is classic Spanish Garnacha, with a rush of ripe, lush fruit, blackberry, cherry and currant that transition effortlessly to some notes of fresh herbs and white pepper midpalate.  The tannins are well integrated, providing a wonderfully velvety, long and very dry finish that beckons you to have another sip.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's just a classic Grenache from this region of Spain.  This is also a very food friendly wine, perfect for summer as it would complement a broad range of patio dinners, from burgers and steaks to barbecued ribs and fresh caprese salad.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic dinner of chorizo and bean tacos with all the trimmings, the wonderful fruit in the wine really plays well against the spice of the chorizo.  Cheers!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

2013 Murphy-Goode Red Wine

Happy Saturday!  It's been an odd day of running errands and not being able to do yard work as it can't seem to make up its mind whether it will rain or not.  Well maybe I'll have better luck tomorrow.  In the meantime, I've opened a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner before heading out to enjoy a performance at the Elkhart Civic Theatre, tonight it's Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  So the wine, this is a bottle I picked up at my local market for only about $8, so I figured it was worth a try.  I think it's a blend of primarily Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and some other red varietals from Sonoma, but I couldn't find the exact blend.  So let's see how it tastes. 

The wine is a nice garnet color in the glass and the nose exudes aromas of leather, cherries, oak and a hint of anise.  The taste is a rush of warm, ripe fruit, cherry, plum, blueberry and a bit of raspberry that transitions to some mineral notes and earthiness midpalate.  The finish is somewhat subdued, with mellow tannins providing for a silky mouthfeel on the smooth, dry finish. 

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, as it's a pleasant drinking everyday red wine and a terrific value if you can find it on sale for under $10.  This wine would pair very well with burgers, pizza or barbecue, but I'm enjoying it tonight with an alder planked wild sockeye filet, potato puree and some fresh green beans almondine that I bought fresh today.  The great cherry flavors of this wine make it ideal with a rich salmon.  Cheers!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2015 The Velvet Devil Merlot

Happy Wine Wednesday!  Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of Washington wine I recently picked up at my local market, the 2015 The Velvet Devil Merlot, a product of Charles Smith out of Walla Walla.  In general, I've viewed these wines and fairly good values and nice everyday wines, so let's see how this one stacks up.

The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, typical for a nice Merlot.  The nose presents aromas of black cherry, raspberry, green grass and some subtle floral notes mixed in.  The taste is an odd combination of earthy notes mixed with ripe fruit up front, that could be considered a bit off-putting.  The fruit seems to be a bit more pronounced midpalate, with notes of black cherry, blueberry and plum.  The tannins are a bit tight, but do provide a nice backbone for the smooth and very dry finish, which seems a bit abrupt.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's not spectacular by any means, but it is a nice everyday Merlot and a good value at about $9.  This wine would be a nice summer patio sipper, but would also pair well with steaks, tacos, barbecue and pasta dishes.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with an Alder planked wild sockeye filet along with some wild rice and baby bok choy sauteed in sesame oil.  Cheers!