“This is Good Sh..!” – Decoy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Does Decoy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon measure up to our first experience? Hmmm, I hope so.

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I’m watching the wine flow through the aerator and I find myself asking, “What is this grape juice?” 

Decoy’s is thin-watery with deep plum coloring. The husband has already taken a sip and immediately Decoy receives multiples nods of approval, which was followed by “This is Good Sh..!” O_O with more nodding. YUPPER! (Can’t make this up; remember the blog is called, “Treevinos, Not Your Ordinary Wine Blog!”)

Let’s see if Decoy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon measures up to MY first experience, which was at Burke Cigars, Burke, VA or were we just caught up in the ambiance of good company, celebration, cigars, wine and art. Before I continue, I have to give thanks to Shami-Owner of Burke Cigars, and All for the warm hospitality, THANK YOU!

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wine, cigars and Dominoes

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Omar Fratello new cigar blend. Complex & Great Smoke from beginning to end!

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Amoxes Art at Burke Cigars, Burke, VA

Sniff and Taste time: smokey and peppery aromas and flavors of black pepper, fruit-forward and grapey. YUP! “This is good Sh..!” 🙂Decoy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is pairing well dinner: Digiorno pizza and salad.

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In addition to pizza, Decoy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon  paired well with Omar Fratello of Fratello Cigar new signature cigar. A complex blend that immediately produces vanilla bean flavors and evolves to herbal and floral notes. Also, you can not help to admire the fine-smooth construction. A Great Complex Smoke!

 

Well folks, Decoy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has measured up to our first experience and more. 

Another good find in the Target wine aisle and for only $20.00.

Salute! Sante!

2014 INTRINSIC – SENSORY OVERLOAD!

This is FANTASTIC!

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For the past few days, I have been under the weather. I do not know if it was due too excessive heat. Regardless, my bug has passed and I see a bottle in the refrigerator with a red label, which I recall purchasing (Intrinsic) from Total Wines.

“Hmmmm, let me see if this 2014 Intrinsic is still good before I open up this bottle of Horton Norton, which I have not had in years”. It appears that only a glass was previously consumed. I am greeted with a burst of fruity aromas and the color is rich and dark. I begin to salivate and the glass  is immediately brought to my lips, without sniffing. I know this is big no-no, but the urge to taste was too powerful-took over my senses and OH MY GOODNESS! THIS IS FANTASTIC!

I want to mentioned, to take the chill off, I waited approximately 30 minutes before tasting the wine. AGAIN, OH MY GOODNESS! (still sipping). I do not if the wine is as delicious as I am experiencing because I had a strong desire for a glass of wine..NO, this is not the case; Intrinsic is DELICIOUS! Intrinsic is AMAZING! I can not wait to taste this wine when it has not been sitting for days.

Intrinsic is fruit-forward with cherry and blackberries flavors. A perfect example of what a full-bodied red wine should possess. Intrinsic immediately reminds me of Orin Swift’s Palermo, The Prisoner, and Papillon wines. How the wines possess character, complexity and a magnitude of flavors. When your brain is flooded with senses that it can not catch-up to what you are tasting. Your hands are unable to transcribe every scent and flavor that is gracing your palate. So you sip and write, sip and write and sip and write, which I am doing write now.

Intrinsic is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and ten percent of wine is fermented in concrete tanks producing an amazing complex wine with soft mineral notes.

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Intrinsic went very well with Tobaccology, Haymarket, VA mystery cigar 

On top of this magnificent wine, the wine label, titled “The Lady in Red” is beautiful piece of art created by New York City, artist “ZIMER”. If you look closely at the wine label, the artist’s name appear in the gown.

Intrinsic made such an impression that I had to include the wine in a private tasting I was conducting (Treevinos – Up Close and Personal). Intrinsic was a HUGE success with the ladies; so much the next day, the host purchased two bottles and gave me one as a thank you gift. 🙂

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Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast – 92 points
Total Wine (Virginia) – $23 (YUP, this is not a typo!)

visit Intrinsic Wine Co for information.

Salute! Sante!

Part Two: 6 for $60 Challenge, the Quest for Goodness”

If you have not read Part One of “Harris Teeter Six for Sixty (6 for $60) Challenge, the Quest for Goodness”. Here’s a recap:

While grocery shopping online at Harris Teeter, they had a BIG WINE SALE and many of the wines were under $10.00. Curiosity got the best of me and I wondered if the wines were any good. So, I developed the challenge.

Rules:

* The wine must be $10 or less before taxes;
* It must be a wine that I’ve never tasted. By the way, there are certain  wines that I   refuse to place upon my lips. For instance, Yellow Tail, Menage Trios, Cupcake and Barefoot, to name a few;
* Must be different varieties and
* Two wines can not be from the same vineyard.

The wines chosen for the challenge are:

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* Rex-Goliath Shiraz
* HandCraft Petit Syrah
* Redwood Creek Malbec
* Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon
* Naked Grape Pinot Noir
* Jacob Creek Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon

To prevent the blog from becoming a short story, I’m posting my results into three parts. In Part One, we tasted 2013 HANDCRAFT Petit Syrah and
2013 Jacob Creek Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon blend, both were TASTY.

PART TWO

Following are the third and fourth wines in the “Six for Sixty, the Quest for Goodness”:

Wine #3 – 2014 Dark Horse, Cabernet Sauvignon

 

We are having a Valentine’s day sip and cigar. We are pairing the Dark Horse with a Perdomo Factory Tour Blend cigar. First the wine,

Sniff – Shoot! No distinguished aromas; not surprise when you are
subjected to sipping out of a cup. Yes, you read correctly (don’t ask). I dig in deeper, inhaling, eyes are closed, concentrating; there are slight hint of prunes and plums aromas. This tasting is going to be a struggle.

Taste – medium-full bodied with a slight spicy finish and firm tannins. It’s OK. Even though, my current drinking vessel (Yes, I surprised myself referring to the cup as a vessel; reading too much of Amoxes short stories. Another project on the way :)) is not prime and based upon past experience of consuming wine in a cup, which did not hinder aromas or flavors, I have to give Dark Horse an overall rating of BORING.

CIGAR PARING:

We have the pleasure of seeing how well Dark Horse pairs with a cigar. This evening we have selected a Perdomo Factory Tour Blend cigar.

The wrapper has chocolate aromas. The beginning taste: medium-bodied with lingering walnut flavors. Half-way through my husband picks up grassy flavors and three-quarters into my cigar the nutty flavors continues. Paired with the Dark Horse, the Perdomo Factory Tour Blend cigar has a slight sweet aroma and taste.

 

 

Next in the “6 for $60 Challenge is Naked Grape (fingers crossed) I’m getting tired of drinking mediocre wine.

Wine #4 – The Naked Grape, Pinot Noir

12767245_10206339275977122_2079598310_nBefore I begin the tasting, I want to give a quick lesson on foil cutting. Please do not butcher the foil. The knife on the corkscrew is not there to pick the foil into little pieces until the cork is exposed. It’s really simple. Run the knife around the top of the bottle (mouth/opening) in a circular motion and WA-LA! The foil cap is evenly removed, exposing the cork. If your corkscrew does not have a knife, use the tip of the screw and run it around the top of bottle neck. In addition, there is not a need to remove ALL the foil from the bottle. 🙂

 

 

Naked Grape‘s texture is thin, bold spicy aromas and fruity flavors that taste like “grapey water” (not sure “grapey” is a word but it describes the wine perfectly). I actually taste water. Long tannins rest on the back of my palate.

Second sip, I’m not able to appreciate this wine, watery. No fruit flavors but posses a long tannic finish.

Third sip, twenty minutes later…. no change. Naked Grape is a light-bodied red wine. I’m not going to say it is good for a novice red wine drinker. I do not want Naked Grape, Pinot Noir representing red wine for beginners.

AMATEURISH. It makes me wonder about the winemaker’s experience. I imagined if I produced wine (having no experience) this is what my wine would taste like as a beginner.

The winning question:
Me: “How does it pair with pizza?”
Husband: “It does not make much difference; it literally doesn’t change”.

Overall: Naked Grape has the perfect name, “Naked from possessing any flavors or complexity”. NEXT!

 

DISCLAIMER: Please remember the reviews on my blog/website are my personal opinion. I encourage you challenge yourself and taste wines outside of your comfort zone. Any dislikes are no reflection of the winery/vineyard. Merely, I’m may not able to appreciate a wine at the time of the tasting. SEE Main DISCLAIMER NOTICE on HOME and TREEVINO pages.

Salute! Sante’!

 

“Six for Sixty Challenge, the Quest for Goodness”

One of my favorite domestic chores is grocery shopping online at Harris Teeter with curbside pick-up (perfect for this freezing weather). I have reached the wine section and BAM! Harris Teeter is having a BIG WINE SALE! There are so many delicious wines on sale. What really surprises me is the number of wines sold for under $10.00.

 

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I wonder, vineyards who sell their wines for under $10 are they advertising to the pubic that the wines are not worth more or are they dedicated to producing affordable wines; wanting everyone from the novice to the Master to enjoy their wines. Goodness, I hope it’s the latter.

One vineyard, Rex-Goliath wines are cheap; the regular price is under $10.00.

OMG! Manischewitz Concord Grape wine is still on the market. I remember this wine when I was a school girl. My mother drank Manishewitz calling it her medicine.

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Curiosity was becoming the best of meand I had to see if any of these wines were good. So, I developed the “Harris Teeter Six for Sixty (6 for $60) Challenge, the Quest for Goodness”.

Rules:

The wine must be $10 or less before taxes;
 It must be a wine I have never tasted. By the way, there are certain wines I refuse to place upon my lips. For instance, Yellow Tail, Menage Trios, Cupcake and Barefoot to name a few;
 Different varieties and
 Two wines can not be from the same vineyard.

The selection process was very difficult. Following are the wines chosen for the challenge:

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1. Rex-Goliath Shiraz
2. HandCraft Petit Syrah
3. Redwood Creek Malbec
4. Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon
5. Naked Grape Pinot Noir
6. Jacob Creek Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon

To prevent this blog from turning into a short story, I will break up this experiment into three parts.

PART ONE

The first and second wines in the 6 for $60 challenge are:

Wine #1 – 2013 Jacob Creek – Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon blend

 

Aromas – prunes, black fruit and earthy aromas; there is a slight mineral on the nose. I’m getting excited. Swirling, mouth is watering, time to taste.

Taste – juicy medium-bodied, smoky with firm tannins; this South Australian wine has potential.

For the third time, the husband has said,“this is good.” I sip and nod in agreement.

Now that my palate is coated with Ghirardelli dark chocolate and wine, I have created a delicious rich chocolate cake. Yummm.

This is a good everyday drinking wine. We will definitely purchase Jacob Creek in the future. GOOD JOB Jacob Creek!

 

Wine #2 – HANDCRAFT – Happy Pre-Valentine’s Day

I’ve been baking Valentine’s Day treats and, of course, licking the spoon (trust me, they taste better than they look :)) and drinking water was not enough to cleanse my palate. All I taste are cocoa powder and blackberries.

 

There is a noticeable difference from a wine directly from the vineyard and a store bought wine. I wish there was a way to know how long a bottle of wine has been sitting on the shelf.

This wine needs additional breathing time and it’s time to change the glass. My husband filled the glass a tab bit to high and the aerator was not utilized, which in my opinion has a significant impact on the taste. Okay, lets start this tasting over.

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Sniff – Black pepper, smoky and black fruit aromas.

Taste – Before and after aerating, the husband picked up flavors of black licorice and plums. I too taste a multiple of flavors: prunes, plums, black fruit, black pepper with a hint of black licorice. The second and third sips are producing smoky flavors.

Yes, much better! Smoky, deep dark chocolate and black fruit; not bad or maybe its those delicious Valentine’s Day treats. Either way, HANDCRAFT you are TASTY!

We are on a roll. I can not wait to see what wine number three has to offer.

 

Salute! Sante’