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Parados Cab Sauv ‘08

The Parados Cab Sauv is not super dry, like most Cabs we favor.  It’s shockingly smooth, really lacking the bitter bite of a Cab.  But dryness is a big part of why people purchase cabs.  And it happens to please our palates as well.

The cab’s not sweet, though, falling somewhere else on the spectrum away from the opposite of dry.

It’s typical of a South American wine, which we tend to purchase frequently (look for many posts on the topic in the future).  It’s flavorful but not fruity.  It’s smooth yet bold.  And there’s no dry aftertaste or bite.

The flavor itself is subtle.  It doesn’t have that cheap, watery taste, but it doesn’t have much kick, either.  At least as far as flavor is concerned; this one sneaks up on you and will knock you flat.  We had about 2.5 glasses each and felt the effects quickly and heavily. But hey, red season is drawing to a close, so what better way to go out?

We both agreed that months ago when we dove headfirst into Wino-ism that we enjoyed this particular wine more, but we’re not quite as impressed these days.  We hope it’s because we’ve found several better ones since then, and not due to declining quality of the wine.

But considering we’ve gone through dozens and dozens of new brands since then, we feel like our tastes are just changing.  And we’d still recommend Parados Cab Sauv, and (as of now) we’d unconditionally recommend South American reds, which we’ll be posting much more about in the near future.

3 out of 5 strikes

(This post written by Janey and Greg)



(This Wine the Lightning post comes from Tre Berney and is about a South African  Sauvignon Blanc, not a Flaming Lips album of a remarkably similar name.  He also came up with our new rating scale!)

Picking up a bottle of white from South Africa sounded interesting enough. The packaging grabbed me with its exotic look. I have the same basic interest in trying wines from tumultuous climates as I do in visiting them, returning afterward to my temperate home base.

I didn’t know anything about South Africa’s lengthy winemaking history, dating back to the mid-1600s. It was once said to have produced one of the best wines on the globe. Recently, the Wine Of Origin system was set up in 1973 in order to insure that the grapes come from the proper designated farms, concentrated mainly in the Cape Town area. It now serves as the guardian for over 60 different appellations centered mainly in the cities of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

This Zafrika sauvignon blanc was on the dry side, sort of crispy, with hints of tangerine and lime. The bottle mentioned a green pepper flavor, but I didn’t get that. Nonetheless, it was complex enough without being overly so. I prefer a simple white. The fruity sweetness oddly came in the form of a tangy finish that lingered longer than you would think for such a dry sauv. blanc.

It had an almost champagne color in the glass, very clear. I drank it along side grilled Ahi tuna steaks marinated in soy & lemon juice with a small potato and salad.

I recommend.

I give it 3 strikes of lightning out of 5.

(Post by Tre Berney, Wine the Lightning‘s Northern Virginia correspondent.)


Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec

Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec was something we purchased on a whim.  Malbecs fell by the wayside way back when and aren’t a common varietal anymore.  We’re fans of South American wines, and as such, we dove right in without regret.

Los Cardos tastes of berries without being overly sweet.  It’s no muscadine or table wine—don’t get us wrong.  It lacks the watery texture of so many mid-range-price wines but still exhibits a fruity taste, with blackberry shining through.

 It ranks in the middle of the dryness scale.  It’s not like a Cabernet.  And as we said, it’s no table wine.  It bites, but not hard.  The fruit taste wins out over the oaky barrel taste.  There’s no afterbite.  Consuming it with a meal doesn’t enhance or detract from the flavor.

 Janey points out that it’s more potent than most wines and reiterates that it’s less watery than the wines we commonly have (something common of cheaper red wines).

 Greg points out that it follows his anti-flashy-label mentality and lives up to the expectations.

For under $10, it’s worth a try.

 4.5 out of 5.


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