Wednesday, April 11, 2018
So, I was super excited to get this bottle of wine, which is produced by Cline Cellars of California. Why? Because to me this wine represents much more than what is inside. This bottle represents to me heritage, education, appreciation and love for farming and the earth. I guess I feel, in some way, that I have a "six degrees" connection with this bottle and what it stands for because farming has run in my family for generations. Be good stewards of the earth and ye shall be rewarded.
The 2016 Farmhouse Red wine has some real energy. As I was pouring this wine, the raspberry, smoky, scorched earth actually leaped from the glass. Swirling only accentuated the same and completely filled the nose and throat with delicious, full, warm aromas. In the mouth is a wine that makes a presence with the blackberry pie, toasted dark bread and sweet cherries that combine with a peppery and luscious finish that doesn't necessary linger, but is memorable and delicious. If fruit-forward wines are your jam, than this wine is calling your name. This wine would be a great cheese wine or pair well with meat that has been on the smoker all day. This is a blend of Merlot (39%), Syrah (21%), Zinfandel (20%), Grenache (9%), Petite Sirah (7%) and Mourvedre (3%). Solid!
Suggested retail price: $15.00
Drink The Bottles score: 89/100
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Did you know that most wine consumers spend less that $12 on average for a bottle and that over 90% of the wine is consumed on the day that it is purchased? In other words, most people are buying wine at the grocery store or wine store, taking it home and enjoying it. And with a name like Drink The Bottles I can't argue with that logic. But often, people will look at those same low priced bottles and not look past the end of their nose if they are looking for a quality, delicious wine. And that would be a HUGE mistake by passing this one up. The 2015 Avalon Winery BLEND is a red wine that includes some of my favorite varietals, which is probably why I am so drawn to it. It is a beautiful plum skinned color in the glass with strong and welcoming aromas of fresh blackberries, barn wood and hints of licorice. Made up of Zinfandel (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (21%), Tannat (20%) and Petite Sirah (5%), the flavors include very juicy blueberries and blackberries, toast and mildly peppered tar. This wine is bolder than most would expect (including present company). It doesn't linger but finishes solidly and I'm going to certify this an FGW - Flippin' Good Wine!
Suggested retail price: $11.99
Drink The Bottles score: 89/100
Sunday, March 25, 2018
One taste of this California red blend wine and you'll wonder why the price tag isn't closer to the $40 - $45 range. In other words, the 1000 cases of the 2013 Galante Vineyards Kick Ass Red is 12,000 bottles of what appears to be an undiscovered or certainly underappreciated secret! Incredibly dark and gripping in the glass, this wine bursts with blackberry, black pepper, burnt ends and smoked animal hide. Mostly Malbec (70%), it's also joined by Petite Sirah (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) which provides some strength, a slightly bolder finish and that dark, sexy coloring. Mouth-watering blackberry jam, cedar, pepper and a wisp of smoke lead to a finish that has hints more of blueberry and mineral and in a semi-dry and delicious finish. This is a perfect steak and baked potato wine......or lamb chops......or barbecue chicken.....just about anything meaty! For those in your life who "don't like red wine", I think you'll change their mind with this selection!
Carmel Valley, California
Suggested retail price: $25.00
Drink The Bottles Score: 92/100
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
If you love fruit-forward, juicy Cabernet, this is not your huckleberry. If you love a strong, boldly-structured, memorable wine that is just now realizing it's potential, then I proudly present the 2014 Galante Vineyards Rancho Galante Cabernet Sauvignon. This smart blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Merlot create an absolutely stunning deep garnet color. The blend of these wines gives this wine a bit green aromas that blend magically with dark fruits, blueberry, spice cake, and vanilla after some time in the glass or in a decanter. This wine is not hot at all. In fact, it feels strong and welcoming in the mouth with flavors of blackberry, ripe beefsteak tomato, steak spices and a brief spot of soy sauce at the back of the throat. The tannins frame the finish of this wine and I tasted it by itself and with dark chocolate chips. You can eat this with a rare hunk of prime rib now, but I suspect this wine will be even more wonderful in the next 3-5 years and it will probably knock you out of your cowboy boots then! If you collect wines (which is contrary to "drink the bottles") you should have no problem cellaring this for 10-15 years.
Carmel Valley, California
Suggested retail price: $40.00
Drink The Bottles score: 92/100
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Syrah is a wine I love to drink with hearty meat dishes and beef stew. But it's also a wonderful, bold wine that can be enjoyed solo - by itself or by yourself! The 2016 Falcone Family Vineyards Syrah is farmed from Paso Robles vineyards and expresses some familiar dark cherry and smoky tobacco aromas that are hauntingly welcoming. I really love smoky wines and red fruits; I can get lost in the swirling and smelling. This has a wonderful deep red to purple color, and the small amount of Petit Syrah they add to this wine builds the complexity. The smokiness joins black raspberry and cooked cherries with polished petite tannins that lead to a memorable finish. This is my first bottle from Falcone and I hope it won't be my last. I think this vintage in another year or two will be even more remarkable, as this has only been in the bottle for less than six months. Solid wine!
Paso Robles, California
Suggested retail price: $30.00
Drink The Bottles score: 91/100
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