Archive for the ‘California’ Category

2007 Cartlidge & Brown Petite Sirah

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I picked this wine up last weekend at BevMo for 8 or 9 bucks. I’m generally a fan of petite sirah, so I was happy to grab this on sale. The winery is in Napa, but the bottle doesn’t indicate the origin of the grapes.

The blurb on the back of the bottle led me to believe this would be a fairly bold, jammy wine, but it’s surprisingly soft and delicate. There are notes of raspberry, orange blossom, and jasmine, accompanied by soft tannins and a short but pleasant finish. This wine strongly reminds me of some of the better petite sirahs I’ve had from wineries like David Bruce. 91 points.

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2008 Concannon Central Coast Petite Sirah

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Another Trader Joe’s pick for $7, this was actually the second bottle I’ve had as I enjoyed the first one. I don’t have much else to say by way of context, so I’ll just get on with the review.

Despite clocking in at a fairly modest 13.5% ABV, there’s a noticeable bit of alcohol on the nose, but also hints of plum and rose hips. There’s a good balance of sweetness and acidity, plus additional notes of blackberry, raspberry, and jasmine. There are more tannins than I’d expect from a petite sirah, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it lingers on the palette in a good way. Obviously at this price and age it’s not the most complex wine in the world, but it’s a great everyday drinking wine that works well with pasta dishes or grilled meats. 89 points.

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Maggio 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I picked this up today at World Market for $8 on sale. I’ve been into the Italian varietals lately, and this seemed like an interesting bottle. Old vine zins since to be all the rage lately, as I’ve seen many other bottles around lately.

As an old vine zin, I was fully expecting this to be a fruity and jammy wine, but the Maggio went well beyond my expectations. There are notes of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, along with pleasantly soft tannins, but the wine is dominated by its jammy thickness. It seems like it might open up and thin out a bit given a few more years in the bottle, but that sugar won’t go away. While there’s a lot to like here, the sweetness and viscosity keep me from giving it more than 87 points.

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Harthill Farms Cabernet Sauvignon (NV)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

The last time I was at Whole Foods they had Harthill Farms Cabernet and Chardonnay for $4 each. While Trader Joe’s always has a number of wines for that price, it’s a bit unusual to find at Whole Foods, so naturally I had to try a bottle of the Cab. Just as I’m writing this I’ve noticed that there isn’t a vintage listed on the bottle, which I suppose isn’t all that surprising for $4 wine.

While the wine isn’t great by any means, it’s not bad either. It’s definitely a step up from Charles Shaw, and something I could see using as a house wine. A relatively fruit-forward, low-tannin cab, it has a light body with notes of strawberry, and a crispness that seems more like a Gamay than a cab. We had it with pizza, which worked well, as would many pasta dishes or burgers. It’s not something I’d pull out for a fine meal, but it works quite well as an everyday wine. Given the price, I’ll be generous and give it 80 points.

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