Feb 02

Quick update

Hi everyone! (Well, everyone who’s still here, at least.) I thought I’d give you a quick update. First, I just updated WordPress and some of the add-ons, so please let me know if anything looks wrong. Usually, these updates go smoothly, but you never know.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I have a few reviews that I need to finish up and post, as well as a couple of reviews that I’m working on. How anxious are you to see these? Comments on this post may encourage me to get the reviews posted sooner. ;-)

Cheers!

 

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Jun 10

2010 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon labelI recently received this wine as a review sample.

This wine is produced from a specific clone of Cabernet Sauvignon simply known as 337. This is a French clone, but this wine is produced from vines grown in Lodi, California.

This wine has a very fruity, full nose. There’s some spice there, too. The wine starts with some good fruit with some spice mid-palate. There’s some subtle oak on the finish. Nothing seems overpowering.

This is a very fruity, juicy wine. It’s very well balanced, with extremely smooth tannins. This is a very good and very drinkable wine. It has a lot of what I consider to be “typical” flavors of a Cabernet Sauvignon, but it doesn’t have the harshness that usually goes along with it. My wife, Maggie, is enjoying this wine, and she typically does not care for Cabernet Sauvignon. I guess I have to share this bottle. ;-)

Although this wine is 14.5% ABV, I’m not detecting any heat from the alcohol at all.

This wine has a suggested retail of $14.99. I’d expect to pay a bit more for a wine like this. I’m giving this an “Excellent” rating.

Disclaimer: I received two bottles of this wine as a free media sample. Please see my Sample Policy for more information.

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May 04

Comment System

I just changed to Disqus for comments on this blog. I’ve used the Disqus system on other blogs, and I think it works well. You can log in with credentials from common social media sites, and I’m hoping this cuts down on comment spam (which you don’t see, but I do) by requiring some level of accountability for the comments.

The existing comments will be imported into Disqus, so they will reappear. This may take a few days, though.

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Apr 28

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

This is an older review that I never published at the time. I don’t have a photo, but I think there’s still enough information to be useful.


Maggie and I are currently enjoying a bottle of Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc. This is produced in the Marlborough region of New Zealand., an area that is known for Sauvignon Blanc.

This wine is quite typical of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with gooseberry, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. It’s a very crisp, refreshing wine. We’re enjoying it by itself, but it has enough acidity and flavor to hold up well to food, too.

This producer, Monkey Bay, apparently only makes Sauvignon Blanc, or at least under this label. They are are part of Constellation Brands, which includes a wide variety of familiar brands, including other Marlborough producers.

We bought this wine on sale for $9.34. The regular price at the store was $10.99. Even at the regular price, I think this is an excellent value!

 

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Apr 28

Kirkland Signature Bourbon

I can’t pass up trying a new bourbon, so I had to get this when I was at the Costco liquor store. In fact, this was one of the main reasons I went there.

There’s a bit of heat from the alcohol (103 proof), but there’s also some good flavors of caramel, a hint of vanilla, and other oak influences. It’s not the best bourbon I’ve had, but it’s also very reasonably priced.

This bourbon sells for $19.99 for 1 liter (in Minnesota). This puts it at about the same price point as Jim Beam White Label. However, it’s a 7-year-old small batch bourbon, which sounds more like the Knob Creek (also by Jim Beam). The general consensus on the internet seems to be that this Kirkland Signature bourbon is also made by Jim Beam.

It’s been a while since I’ve had Knob Creek, but this seems similar to that bourbon. There are other bourbons around the same price point that are smoother, but this isn’t a bad bourbon. If you like bourbon, it’s worth trying.

I’m giving this a “Good” rating.


Added May 5, 2013

This bourbon is really growing on me, and I’m not noticing the harshness as much. It might be that this bourbon needs to breathe a bit, or maybe I’m just getting used to it. I don’t know. I’m going to change my rating to “Very Good” on this. Keep in mind that I love bourbon, and I haven’t met a bourbon that I wouldn’t drink. If you don’t like bourbon as much as I do, you probably won’t like this one as much as I do, either.

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Apr 28

Red Diamond 2010 Washington State Merlot

Red Diamond MerlotA quick review here, as I almost ran out of wine before I got around to writing anything.

This is really good. It’s a rich, fruity wine with some chocolate on the finish. Good tannins, but not overpowering. My wife, who typically prefers sweeter, fruity wines, loves this wine. This is a fairly dry wine, but the fruit gives the impression of a somewhat sweet wine.

My wife bought this wine at the local liquor store for around $10, making this a good value.

I’m giving this a “Very Good” rating.

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Apr 28

Kirkland Signature 2011 Signature California Chardonnay

Kirkland Signature 2011 California Chardonnay I’ve heard about the good values at Costco, and I recently bought a Costco membership. I’ve been impressed so far with the Kirkland Signature products, and a friend of mine kept telling me about the good values at the Costco liquor stores here. (Here in Minnesota, Costco has to have a separate store for alcoholic beverages due to state law.) The Costco I normally shop at does not have a liquor store, due to local laws (the city operates it’s own liquor stores and does not allow private stores), so I had to drive a bit farther to get to a Costco liquor store.

I noticed right away that their prices on alcoholic beverages are quite good. In fact, it was difficult to not buy too much at once. I especially couldn’t pass up the 1.5 L (Magnum) bottle of Chardonnay for $7.99. (Prices may vary due to local laws and taxes.)

I wasn’t expecting much, but I was hoping that it would be a decent low-end wine. After all, it’s only $4 per 750 ml.

After chilling the wine, I opened the bottle and poured. The nose was very promising, with some nice light fruit notes.

After the first taste, my wife and I were both very impressed. This wine is very well balanced with some decent complexity. On the palate, there’s some nice fruit along with some mineral and floral notes. There’s a bit of oak on the finish, but definitely not excessive at all. We are both very impressed.

I generally prefer red wines, and it takes a fairly good white for me to like it. I like this wine. It’s quite good, and an excellent value. I’m giving this wine a “Very Good” rating.

If you have a Costco store nearby that sells wine (either in the store or in a separate store), check it out. Depending on state laws, you may not even need a membership to purchase alcohol there. Unfortunately, some state and local laws prohibit Costco from selling wine.

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Aug 18

Broke Ass Red Wine

Broke Ass Red Wine 2010I saw this wine at a local wine store and had to try it. The name is funny, the picture (a donkey, aka ass, with a bandage) is cute, and the price ($4.99 in Minnesota) can’t be beat.

I looked at the back of the bottle, too, to see what exactly I was buying. This wine comes from Argentina and is 50% Malbec and 50% Syrah. These are both grape varieties that I enjoy in wine, and Malbec is what I’d call a “signature” grape for Argentina, much like Shiraz for Australia, Zinfandel for California, and Carménère for Chile.

Since this is such a cheap wine, we weren’t sure what to expect.

The wine is fairly fruity, with some decent acidity and tannins, although neither the acid or tannins are excessive at all. Maggie commented on some peppery flavors. Like most red wines, a bottle-top aerator improves the flavor, and decanting would probably help, too. The result is a well-balanced wine with good flavor. I don’t think this is a wine that would age well, but you don’t buy a $5 bottle to cellar it!

Malbec and Syrah are both grapes that, in my opinion, will pair with a variety of foods. I think this blend would pair with beef quite well, including hamburgers and beef tacos.

Overall, this wine definitely exceeded our expectations. If you’re looking for an easy-drinking, budget-friendly red wine, you should definitely try the Broke Ass wine!

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Jun 30

Bourbon

I really enjoy bourbon. For those who aren’t familiar with it, bourbon is an American whiskey that is made from at least 51% corn. Straight bourbon has been aged for at least two years in new oak barrels. A lot of bourbon comes from Kentucky, but it can be made anywhere in the US.

Bourbon can be quite affordable (at least in the US), with a 750 ml bottle available for $12-$15. There are more expensive premium bourbons, but I find that even the low-end bourbons are very drinkable and enjoyable.

A couple of recommendations for low-cost bourbon:

Jim Beam White Label – This is probably one of the best-known bourbons, and is available for around $15 for 750 ml or $29 for 1.75 L. It works well for mixed drinks, but it is also smooth enough to drink neat or on the rocks.

Rebel Yell – I tried this recently, and I really like it. It is very smooth, smoother than the Jim Beam White Label, with some nice vanilla flavors. This costs around $13 for 750 ml.

Cabin Still – Not quite as smooth as Rebel Yell. It is a sour mash, like Jim Beam, but it isn’t aged as long. (It’s been too long since I’ve had Jim Beam, so I can’t say how it compares there.) I almost always drink my bourbon neat, and this one is no exception. At $11 for 1 liter (equivalent to $8.25 for 750 ml), this is an excellent value.

[Edit: July 4, 2012 - Added Cabin Still]

 

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Jun 30

BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 labelI bought this wine from WineShopper using some referral credits I’ve earned. This is the second time I’ve been able to order wine from there with referral credits, and I’ve been impressed with the company and the wines so far. (A special thanks to those who have clicked on the link from this blog and made a purchase.)

This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina. I’ve had Malbec from Mendoza before, but not other varieties.

BenMarco is part of the Dominio del Plata winery.

The wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Brian’s Review

There’s lots of fruit on the nose, with blackberries and other berries dominating. I taste a lot of fruit, too, along with some vanilla and a bit of chocolate. This is a very good, fruit-forward wine. This is a fairly easy-drinking wine, especially for a Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m really enjoying this wine, and I’ll give it an “Excellent” rating.

This wine definitely benefits from decanting.

Maggie’s Review

This is a very good wine, especially if you give it time to open up. It’s very fruity and juicy, easy-drinking, and is surprisingly complex.

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