Fifteen percent new oak adds creaminess without overwhelming the fruit. Apples and tangelo (honeybell) and a touch of white pepper are matched with good acids. The finish falls off quickly, but that is not unexpected at this price point. This is a pleasant weekday white. Drink it with fried catfish.
Interesting, but a bit disjointed. The predominant flavor is key lime. It also has a touch of ginger and some petrol on the finish. Acid is there, too, but it pops up at the end, rather than providing a solid backbone through the entire experience. The overall sensation is of a wine that was made, rather than grown.
This is a very citrusy Riesling, sending out waves of tart citrus, lemon, lime, a touch of pink grapefruit, all wrapped in green apple peel. Flavors are reminiscent of Sauvignon blanc but the more viscous mouth-feel hints at Riesling. It is a pleasant food-friendly wine, but not one that would stand out among similarly priced Rieslings, for it lacks any special Riesling qualities.
This Pinot Grigio is a pale gold green. Sweet fruit and a hint of herbs in the aroma. Light body, lightly sweet and lively, with a hint of tangerine and plenty of lime in both flavor and finish. It’s an easy to drink aperitif wine, especially at the end of a hot, muggy day, when you want a little more than a limeade and a little less than a cocktail. The wine became a bit more fruity as it opened in the glass. But sweetness predominated when I tried pairing it with dinner (chicken) so I had to give it up for the meal. Read about Becky Sue’s thoughts as she samples the whole Reserve line on BeckySueEpstein.com.
This wine is tight and seems very young. Hidden beneath the tannins are the flavors of licorice, brambles, menthol, and wild blackberries, with elusive hints of unsweetened chocolate espresso. Whether this moderately priced wine will last long enough for the tannins to settle down and let the interesting underlying flavors come to the fore is not clear, but at less than $20, putting a few up for a few years might be worth the gamble.
Red currant, unsweetened chocolate, cedar and a touch of mint are overwhelmed by harsh green, unripe flavors. Sweet vanilla-flavored oak treatment and bitter vegetal tastes leave this...not recommended.
Flavors of blackcurrant and a tiny touch of mint are quickly overwhelmed by cherries from the merlot and wood from the winemaking. It is sweet, red fruits ultimately dominating, with spices from the wood, cinnamon and clove. This is one of the better grocery store wines, keeping varietal correctness and not collapsing into an oak-extract mass of maple and brown sugar.
Wonderful nose with coffee, cherries, oak. Cherries, chocolate, blackberries and tar on the palate. Long dry finish, with fruit, plum skins, and toasted coconut. Extraordinary. I would put this up against any $75 big name Australian Shiraz and have another bottle left to drink later. Maybe the key was 25% new oak, rather than the 100% new oak of the big blowsy fruit bombs floating over from the land down under these days.