Not my best photo sorry! But you can see the brand name and date, so that is probably the most important thing.
Currently I have two bottles of this brand open! The other one is a chardonnay. I guess I like this label and their styles of wines…so far. I haven’t had any petite sirah in ages, so when I saw this I picked it right up.
The look of the wine is a deep purple inky color. It smelled slightly astringent, but upon tasting, I got jammy flavors with dark berry fruit. Yum!
If you haven’t had petite sirah, this is a good one for starting that journey. It’s tasty and affordable. One can’t say that about all of them either…I’ve often found them to be pricey. I imagine that is due to the supply and demand ratio. I think I paid about $9 for this bottle at Vons (aka Safeway). Next time, a wine from a different continent!
Sorry you can’t see the label much here, nor the pretty gold foil cap!
It’s been a while since I had some red wine so finally after a few weeks, I’m ready to go. It’s finally feeling like autumn! I knew I would like this as soon as I opened the bottle. Big fruit on the nose, almost like jam!
The color was inky with a raspberry color on the edges. On tasting I got zin, cab sauv, and petite sirah. Where have you been petite sirah? It’s been toooo long. The wine had a medium feel in the mouth, just slightly tannic but still oh so delicious! This wonderful blend obviously had time in oak but was not crazy oaky. Some yummy vanilla sneaking in as well. An excellent value at Von’s for about $9 on sale.
Here’s 2 related links for fun: the first one is from the winery telling about the process of making this particular blend. If you want to wine geek out a bit, watch this 8 minute video. This second one is from two wine bloggers/ reviewers and I was impressed by their enthusiasm about this wine. Cheers!
Sorry no 3 Girls Pinot Noir label to show. Good thing as I didn’t care much for it. The Juliette (blue) and the Sancerre (white) labels are easy to read, and spot on the shelf.
3 Girls Pinot Noir Lodi 2011
Really good, easy drinking pinot noir. Excellent value! Lots of fruit and reminds me of a fruity zinfandel. Not quite as silky as other pinots, but maybe a touch sweeter? Don’t cellar this one, it’s ready to drink right now. A shout out to MW for sharing this yummy wine with me! Was really tasty paired with pumpernickel pretzels. Probably around $12-14 from World Market in WLA.
Domaine de la Pauline 2012 Sancerre
Loved this bright sauvignon blanc! So different from the new world sauv blancs. Or maybe I should say different from California sauv blancs, since that is mostly what I have. This was citrusy without being tarty tart, and bright with mineral undertones. I admit, not a value wine per se, bought at a wine shop for $21. WORTH IT!
Juliette Domaine de la Sangliere en Provence 2012 Rosé
I bought this because I was hoping to like their blend of Grenache and Syrah. Those are two grapes I usually seek out in the French rosés. And it was only about $12, so a great value. This was a super dry wine, with strong strawberry and rhubarb on the nose. I am still amazed at wines that smell sweet but don’t taste sweet. Very nice with my vegetable quesadilla! I got this at a high end grocery store, and some wine shops will have it as well. Santé!
The Chalk Hill wine is on the left. Look at the difference in the color of the two wines!
Rodney Strong Estate Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2011
Rodney Strong Sonoma County Chardonnay 2011
Not just two Sonoma chardonnays, but two from the same winery! This was a really interesting experiment. I knew I liked this label, but I wanted to see if there was really a difference between the California blend and the single vineyard wine. Because the Chalk Hill appellation is known especially for chardonnay, I was looking forword to trying that wine. Of course, I dragged my neighbors into this tasting by the pool. They were quite willing participants as usual!.
The Chalk Hill was our favorite, no doubt about that. But, that said, if we hadn’t tasted them side by side, we would have liked both of them equally. The Chalk Hill wine was more luscious feeling in the mouth and a more complex wine than the Sonoma County bottle. You could tell right away by the color. Of course that also means it had spent some time in oak as well. The Chalk Hill wine had 95% fermentation in French oak! Also, it was higher in alcohol at 14.5%.
In my opinion, the Sonoma County wine might go better with a bigger variety of foods since it had a bit more acid than the other. And both wines were oaky. So if you are not a fan of the oaky chards, then you might want to look elsewhere. I have bought the Sonoma wine on more than one occasion and it’s the cheaper of the two, at around $9-10. The Chalk Hill runs about $17 but is often on sale at Vons/Safeway/ Pavillions. I look forward to tasting another Chalk Hill wine by a different brand soon. I may splurge and try a David Ramey wine!
Nice label I think. You can read the producer’s name easily!
Finally here is a post about a wine from somewhere other than California. Let’s go to New Zealand, shall we? It’s been forever since I have tasted one from this country, because of a negative experience years ago. Guess I hold a grudge. Not fair is it? It’s just a wine after all.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised with this one, yay! The color was golden straw and the nose was citrus fruit. On taste I got that distinctive grapefruit flavor that is so often attached to the sauv blancs. This was bright and crisp but none of that awful “cat pee” smell that some of the New Zealand sauv blancs are known for having. Some reviews are saying herbal notes but I didn’t get any of those.
This is readily available in grocery stores for around $10; I got my bottle at Vons (aka Safeway). Only 12.5 percent alcohol too! This is a nice change of pace from other light white wines for the summertime. I’ll buy it again!
One of the best labels ever! So nice in person.
I haven’t had much time to post separate blogs lately, so this post will be a roundup of three wines I had last week.
True Myth Chardonnay 2012 Edna Valley:
Geez, what a beautiful label! I’d never seen this label before I went to a tasting at a local wine shop. Great chardonnay, fairly light, just small amout of oak, and only about $13. I’ll buy again for sure. This same winery also makes a more complex chard called Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvee. Very delicious as well, but I’ll have to write about it another time.
Coppola Rosso 2010 California red table wine:
We had this with pizza and everyone liked it. I really thought it was a nice red, fairly light in the mouth, and lots of fruit. Great blend of syrah, cab sauv, zin, and petite sirah, yum! Excellent value wine at $9 on sale at the grocery store.
Kenwood Chardonnay 2011 Sonoma County:
Loved this chard! Very pale gold, with hints of oak and minerals. Found out 80% of the grapes are from Russian River Valley. Now I know why it’s so good! And reasonably priced around $9 on sale, again at the grocery store.
Oops. All three from California…next time from somewhere else!