PART THREE – “6 for $60 Challenge, the Quest for Goodness”

It’s noticeable that I am getting tired of this challenge. My wine tasting notes are short-straight to the point. I’m so not in the mood for a mediocre wine. But, I must push forward and complete this experiment.

If you are new to my blog and have not read parts one and two of the challenge, I invite you to read the previous blogs for the background on the “6 for $60 Challenge, the Quest for Goodness.”

Following is a brief overview of the rules:

  • The cost is $10.00 or less,
  • The wine cannot be from the same vineyard,
  • It had to be a wine that I’ve never tasted and
  • No two wines could be of the same variety and same winery.

The wines that were chosen for the challenge are, as follows and was consumed in no particular order:

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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

We are not at the fifth wine in the Quest for Goodness Challenge, which is a Redwood Creek, Malbec. I don’t know if I’m becoming numb from editing our next book project in “BookSmart”, Redwood Creek, Malbec is pleasurable and paired with a piece of sharp cheddar cheese is delightful.

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Folks, a historical moment has occurred; I’m pretty sure this is the shortest wine review I’ve written. HOORAY! (If I’m getting tired of this quest, I can imagine how you’re feeling reading about mediocre wines (rolling eyes)).

LASTLY, wine number six, THE LAST WINE IN THE CHALLENGE! YAY!! I present you “Rex the Rooster”. No, the wine is not called “Rex the Rooster”, but it’s close: “Rex Goliath – The Giant 47 pound Rooster”. Okay, that is definitely a much grandeur name. ☺

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Before, I discuss the tasting, time to research the origin of Rex Goliath-The Giant 47 pound Rooster.  

Per the rexgoliath.com website, Rex who is referred to “His Royal Majesty”, weighed 47 pounds hence the name Rex Goliath and was a popular circus attraction in Texas. The Rex Goliath wines are a tribute to the 47 pound rooster’s “larger-than-life personality”.

Rex Goliath Shiraz aromas are the most fragrant out of all the wines we’ve tasted in the challenge: BIG bouquet of dark cherries and plums. Fruit-forward flavors with a slight mineral on the finish and the tannins are absent, which is in proportion to the wine. Rex Goliath is a light-medium bodied red wine.

We are now on the fourth sip and we are enjoying and appreciating Rex. Rex has developed into a delicious wine with hint of spice and the tannins are evolving. Overall, Rex Goliath is Good.

Can you believe it? We saved the best for last! Rex is not bad. If I recall correctly, Rex was the cheapest wine. HA, GO FIGURE!

I would love to know if you conducted a similar quest and found GOODNESS. If so, please share. “That’s All Folks!”

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’