JC Van Staden La Tau Zinfandel 2013
Didn’t know a wine could have an identity crisis? This zin smells wild like a syrah with spice and a lot of bacon. But it tastes like a merlot, all sweet raspberry and gentle spice. Your friend who’s afraid of heavy reds will love it, so use it to pull a fast one on them.
My 50/100 Quini Profile:
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Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Corvina IGT 2011
I won this wine as a prize at the Lunar New Year celebration I blogged about earlier this week. My expectations were high, being as the wine was selected by a sommelier, though it is still a wine you can find under $10. One of my dining companions was also a sommelier, and she advised me to let the wine air out for a few hours prior to drinking it. Well, call me impatient, but I’m using an aerator instead because…I’m impatient.
The nose smells strongly of strawberry with fruit leather grain. It tastes super smooth on first sip, prompting me to weep for how long it has been since I’ve had a wine this complex and balanced. Strawberry and raspberry fruit notes dominate with some cherimoya that blends everything nicely together. Light spice intermingles with the fruit: cinnamon and cardamom. Leather and cream are both present enough to provide depth but not distract from the primary fruits. Medium-bodied, with enough texture and tartness to keep it interesting throughout the glass.
Note to self: Go to more parties where you can win wine from sommeliers.
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Fat Grape Winery 2010 Merlot
I posted recently about what I’d recommend for a foodie day trip to Treasure Island. Fat Grape was the sulfite-free winery we visited that offers a zillion different types of wine to taste for free. The Fat Grape 2010 Merlot was one of two wines that impressed me, and here’s its official the Gourmez review.
As you can see, the bottle was so freshly filled that it wasn’t labelled yet, and we were instructed to drink it within 10 days of purchase. No problem! Normally I don’t take a picture of the wine in its glass, because I haven’t found that wine colors vary enough to note. But because the bottle had no label, I figured you deserved a shot of the glass.
And this medium-bodied wine is interesting in the cup, murkier than normal due to its lack of filtration and with a brown-plum tinge to its purple. It has legs and smells amazing. The nose is sweeter than I normally like–plenty of brown sugar and vanilla that intermingle with boysenberry and softer peach. Its taste is much more complex than that nose belies, which is partly why I enjoyed it so much at the tasting. The dryness is like sandpaper rubbing softly against your skin—not too rough, but the sensation lingers. Moderately dark chocolate and a mix of cherry and boysenberry notes rise up to take the mild spice for a dance. It’s port in unfortified form: fresh, crisp, and thoroughly enjoyable.
My food blogger pretensions tell me I shouldn’t enjoy this sulfate-free, slap-happy wine as much as I do, but I’m not lying when I say it’s delicious.
Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:
Can’t find any! There are mentions of the wineries but no specific views on the wines. Hopefully, I can entice other bloggers to share their thoughts on Fat Grape.
Reviewed 26 November 13.