Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2014 Tentenublo Rioja Xerico

This week I read with great sadness about the late frosts in Europe that may have ravaged the 2017 crops in France and Spain.  In an ode to the hardworking growers throughout Europe facing this challenge, I wanted to open a bottle of Rioja. Many, many thanks to all those growers who face the challenges of nature on a regular basis, even when there is a risk of losing an entire year's grapes.

Wine: 2014 Tentenublo Rioja Xerico

Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo with a bit of Viura

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More

Price: $30
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Great dark purple.
Aroma: Restrained, some black fruit and a hint of oak.
Taste: Also fairly restrained, well balanced with a good amount of acidity.

The Grade: I give this one a B-.  More of an old world version of Rioja with less fruit, and while it was a good wine, I would expect more at the $30 price point.  The acidity level would make a great companion to food, especially some aged Manchego cheese.  Join me in wishing the best for the growers in Europe after the tragic late frost.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2013 Linne Calodo Outsider

Breaking up is hard to do. My wine refrigerators at home are full. I've rented space in a temperature controlled wine storage facility. Still, I have joined far too many wine clubs. Initially I cancelled a few that were not too painful, but eventually there were some painful choices.  One of those was Linne Calodo from Paso Robles.  Really nice wines, interesting blends, but wines that need some time to age.  Sadly, I cancelled my membership, but I would highly recommend visiting, trying, and buying their wines.  As a consolation, I decided to taste their Zinfandel based blend - Outsider.
Wine: 2013 Linne Calodo Outsider

Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties: Zinfandel 78%, Syrah 20%, Mourvedre 2%

Obtained from: Purchased at Winery
Price: $60
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Clear, dark purple.
Aroma: Wow! Dark and red fruit, pepper, cola, and Mmmmm...licorice!
Taste: Big fruit, great balance. Lots of smooth tannins.
The Grade: I give this one a solid A.  Enough tannins to age for 10 years or more, but give it a decant for a few hours and it will be great. So good! Ugh! I miss you already.  Can we still be friends??? Luckily I have a few bottles of Linne Calodo in my stash to enjoy and reminisce. Cheers!