Yes, the Glass Matters! – Cosentino Winery “The Red”

Does the Glass Matter? YES!

I thought he knew better; but he is so not in the mood to care. I am poured a non-aerated glass of The Red in a white wine glass. The aromas are not affected by this neglect to detail, but it most definitely is effecting the taste. All I am experiencing is a mouthful chalky tannins with a hint of cocoa and black fruit. 

 

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Love this chart! Future Wine Blog 🙂

After a glass change and some breathing time, the tannins are still commanding and juicy cherry, cocoa, pepper and tobacco flavors emerge with a slight mineral finish on the front-end of my palate. The longer The Red is allowed to breathe, the aromas and flavors magnify. YUMMY!

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The Red is composed of 96% Petit Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot . If you are not familiar with these varieties, Petit Syrah has dark hues, firm tannins and is typically used as a blending wine to provide color and structure. Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux varietal with dark fruit, cedar and spicy flavors and bold tannins.

 Another good selection from Target’s wine aisle. Average cost: $22.00

For more information and to purchase Cosentino wines visit http://www.cosentinowinery.com.

I think this is the shortest wine blog I have written, hooray for you. Short and Sweet!

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’