Posts Tagged ‘Red wine


Trentatre Rosso 2008

When it comes to reds, I usually want dirty, oaky ones. I like a little compost flavor. Deep, dark, full and rich. I really like the South American stuff of the past few years. The Australian’s seem to be a little too sweet for me on the whole, but I’m game. I’m beginning to revisit American and Italian wines. This is all easy, considering my love of drinking.
Trentatre is a three-part blend that has spent six months in oak barrels. The name literally means thirty-three in Italian. It is 33.3 cabernet, 33.3 merlot, 33.4 montepulciano grapes all grown in the Apulia Region in Southern Italy. It has a bruised flavor upon opening that gives way to a really nice oaky-ness once it’s had some air.
Trentatre Rosso was recently featured on the San Francisco Weekly’s “Cheap Wines That Don’t Suck” blog. They speculated that it tastes older than it is because the vintner uses older barrels, which is a practice that is not necessarily popular today.
It was full and fruity but with a moderate finish. Plums and cherries make for good company. I loved its oak tinge, and it was just tannic enough to be perfect with a ripe tomato, a handful of basil from the garden, some fresh mozzarella and bread. All drenched in olive oil.
A good summer food wine. Bring it on!
4 out of 5 strikes.

(Wine sampled by/post written by Tre)


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)


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.

December 2018
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