the wine is here!

On February 19, 2011, in wine, by Stephanie

glass of wineSo after an adventure with FedEx (detailed here, because it wasn’t really related to bartending), I have a 6-bottle pack from – their ‘Customer Knows Best’ kit. BuyWithMe had offered a $75 voucher at, and I had some credit with them, so I decided to explore.

I’m afraid I’m a bit uneducated in the wine game – I freely admit that I have a taste for inexpensive and overly tart wines (my tastes always tend towards tart, sour, and citrus when given my druthers). I suspect that my palate is fine, it’s just uneducated in how to express what I’m noticing in wines. So this is sort of an intermediate test. I have a lot of book larnin’ about wine. But now what I have are six bottles of wines that were all reviewed by the users of I know they’re good, and instead what I’m going to do is drink each wine, make extensive notes, and then see how my palate compares to the reviews each wine has gotten.

This isn’t actually about whether I like the wine or not. Instead, can I learn to describe what I’m tasting, and also, how does that compare to the palates of informed wine tasters?

The very brief list of the wines, with links to their review pages and the desc from follows. I have not read any of the reviews yet, so no spoilers! The one exception is the Glass Ridge selection. It was because I had noted it, and thought ‘oh, that sounds good’, that I came across the collection of bottles and decided to give it a whirl.

  • St. Supery 2007 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, California (NAP958)
    A refreshing acidity keeps all of the extraordinary flavors light on their feet, very juicy and a finish that goes on forever.
  • Paseo 2006 Reserve Unfiltered Carmenere, Maule Valley, Chile (CHI118)
    If you like Merlot, you’ll love this unfiltered gem, a smooth and rounded wine that is beyond description. Silver, Highly Recommended, Best Buy: 2008 World Wine Championships.
  • Tough Dame – Red Brick Cellars 2009 Tough Dame Cabernet Sauvignon, California (CAL922)
    A classic film noir poster homage design on the label hints at the classic blend within. The perfect amalgam of berry fruit, earthiness and oak.
  • Loxarel 2007 OPS, Penedes, Spain (SPA104)
    This release from the noteworthy Penedes region strays a little from the traditional Spanish red formula. Overall, a welcoming wine with an appealing character. 2010 World Wine Championships: Gold, exceptional, best buy.
  • Hamilton Estates 2008 Merlot, California (CAL899)
    Fruit forward with silky smooth tannins and flavors of cherry and blueberry interwined with hints of vanilla and dried herbs. Silver, Best Buy, World Wine Championships.
  • Glass Ridge 2008 Vintner’s Select Chardonnay, California (CAL898)
    Filled with rich flavors of baked apple pie, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, delicate honey over a spicy finish. Gold, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.

One Response to the wine is here!

  1. Rachel says:

    I’ll be looking forward to your comments!

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