Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Watermelon Jolly Rancher on the nose.
Peach, strawberry, watermelon, a touch of sugar, but balanced.
Almost a toasty quality, like ever so lightly toasted white bread with a bit more of that watermelon candy thing on the finish.
At $15 a bottle, I have no objections.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Straight up dark chocolate on the nose - usually I see chocolate covered something or another, but this is just chocolate.
More chocolate on the palate, but some cherry notes come through as well. Big, fruity, a touch sweet, not much for tannins, reasonable enough acid, but overall quite jammy.
Some more interesting things come through on the finish - more chocolate and cherry, but blueberry presents itself as well as some vanilla.
A gateway wine for the Yellow Tail lover in your life. If you're having a big party, this is worth serving, pair it with ribs or burgers and you're good to go - jammy and quaffable, but there's something in the background that tells you there's more than meets the eye.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I hate alliteration, but I'll be damned if there isn't some Port poached peaches on the nose, Strawberry in a Starburst kinda way, or maybe it's cherry in a Skittles kinda way?
The palate brings cherry licorice, plum, vanilla, very nice acid, good tannic backbone
The finish brings more of the same - mildly sweet cherry licorice with a sweet tobacco kind of thing.
I quite dig this - I must start buying more Zin.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
White grapefruit, lime, and slate on the nose.
More of all that on the palate - white grapefruit, lime, slate, along with some orange zest and lemon qualities. Quite dry, well balanced acid, not terribly complex, but certainly rather tasty.
A short finish with soft grapefruit notes dominating.
A solid summer wine, good perhaps for people who like Sauvignon Blanc, and worth checking out.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A clean nose, kinda grapey...
Light overall - apples, grapes, loads of acid, quite dry overall to my palate.
Some lime, lemon, and slate lingers on the finish along with a green apple candy thing way on the back.
It's a solid wine, but it's certainly in a distinct style. Great for the remaing summer heat - light, crisp, dangerously drinkable, and well priced, no complaints!
Friday, September 09, 2011
Raspberry jam on the nose.
Raspberry jam on the palate - very soft, very simple, nothing here would suggest Pinot Noir. At the same time, it's not exactly bad, it's not sweet or anything like that, just sort of one dimensional.
You guessed it, raspberry jam on the rather short finish.
Not bad as an adult beverage to go with a random dinner...somewhat one dimensional and dull. Sad to say, this is not the miracle Pinot Noir you are probably looking for.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
A funky nose...odd, garbagey, chocolatey, strange.
Not as funky on the palate - loads of chocolate, a bit of black pepper, mostly cherry, but certainly a black cherry covered in dark chocolate sorta thing. Not much for noticeable oaky qualities beyond some mild vanilla in there, with nice acid and tannic structure.
Blueberry comes through on the finish, as well as blackberry, some more cherry, a mild implication of mint, maybe a spring of eucalyptus for good measure.
$25 ain't cheap, but this certainly doesn't offend even at that pricepoint especially when you consider the oddball region. Well played...more Jean Farris in the coming months, wines we've tried before buying, that should prove stronger than this.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Apple and pear on the nose.
Excellent balance, solid acid, vanilla, pear, and a bit of peach.
More vanilla and pear on the finish.
Good Pinot Grigio is hard to find and pricey. Cheap ones tend to be flabby and dull - this one isn't great, but it's not flawed like one would expect from one of the level. Well done, Costco.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This is one of those roses that needs time to open - seriously, give it an hour in the glass or maybe run it through a Vinturi or something.
Watermelon Jolly Rancher with some strawberry notes as well...kind of a candied strawberry, like the filling of a cake from the local Jewels.
This is literally like a liquid watermelon Jolly Rancher. A bit sweet, quite tangy, fairly heavy bodied...I can see this being fairly polarizing, but put me firmly in the pro camp. There's more strawberry on the palate as well, along with some apricot and nectarine, and thrown together with a pinch of black tea.
Yep, more of that watermelon Jolly Rancher thing along with some stone fruit, a dash of nectarine (real), and peach (Jolly Rancher) bring some interesting depth on the absurdly long finish.
This is a distinct style. You may hate it and I totally get why you would...but some wines are so absurd, so distinct, and so undeniably well done, that you have to give them love.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Strawberry jam on the nose.
A bit spicy...nice acidic backbone, tart cherry, raspberry, and peach tea...a very nice balance with fruit and spice blending together.
A peach tea sorta thing, perhaps even a fuzzy navel quality.
I've found straight up Syrah rose to be iffy....this one works nicely. For a hot weather quaffer, this works.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
A mild grapefruit thing with some interesting gasoline sorta notes. I hate when Americans use the word petrol.
Dry, light, orange blossom, peach fuzz, grapefruit zest, well integrated acid, almost a bit of rose...it's a fairly floral wine really, but not in a perfumey sort of way. Don't ask me to explain it.
The finish starts with pink grapefruit, then fades to white, then fades further to zest. It's a finish and a half really - quite lengthy and pleasant.
This wine makes me crave oysters....a very nice bottle to be sure, perfect for the summer, but dangerous in its easy drinkability.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Cherries on the nose.
Quite big - not over the top ridiculous, but big nonetheless - cherries, vanilla, a little bit of oak but mostly fruity with some mocha and even some bell pepper qualities.
Plummy, peachy, cherry-y....a big finish with all sorts of stone fruit without any burn.
Can't knock it, but I'm also not knocking over old ladies to grab another bottle.
Monday, August 08, 2011
A bit of peach, some strawberry, and a touch of vanilla on the nose.
A bit of pink grapefruit, some nectarine, a nice burst of toast...kinda like a piece of very light rye toast with some sort of grapefruit marmalade. Crisp, dry, and fairly full bodied on the palate.
The grapefruit quality lingers for some time.
Certainly quite good, especially for a a grapefruit fan, but I can't get behind recommending it at the price.
Friday, August 05, 2011
Classic New Zealand SB nose - grassy and grapefruity with a bit of vanilla bean.
While the whole grapefruit and grass thing is there, there's also some great tangerine notes, vanilla, well balanced acid and I'm going to say there's a dash of sugar or two, but it all works together nicely.
White cherry in a Slurpee kinda way on the finish, with orange blossom, grapefruit zest, and a bit of rose.
On par, if not better, than most $10 New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs I've had. This one is certainly worthy of being put in your rotation.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Zest...lime zest, perhaps lemon zest....a zesty nose.
Grapefruit dominates, mostly white grapefruit implying more acid and tartness than sugar, along with some green apple qualities. Not sweet, but not over the top in its acidity.
Grapefruit on the finish that fades quickly.
Not bad, but I guess not really my style - I tend to prefer the cheap New Zealand SBs. If you found it cheap, you could do worse, but you could also certainly do better.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Licorice - black and red - on the nose.
More of that licorice - mostly cherry - mixed with some vanilla and blueberry. Smooth tannins, good acid, some sweet oak and mild tobacco, and some brown spice as it opens - well played.
The finish brings brown baking spice plus some chocolatey notes, along with black cherry.
Solid. The regular "Raymond" label Cabs tends to be very smooth, this has a little bit of an edge, some 'bite' if you will, that while perhaps suggests a less well crafted wine, I think makes a more interesting one.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Grapefruit and green apple on the nose.
Mostly grapefruit to me, a bit of caraway, solid acid, a bit of golden apple, some orange and I know this sounds odd but I get a honey sort of taste, but I'd still call this wine bone dry.
Spiced apple, sort of like pie filling, on the end, and an interesting orange, almost baked orange sorta thing on the finish - once again though, this is quite dry.
An excellent wine - Iron Horse typically delivers and at $35, I have no gripes. If you can't find it at a shop, some of the restaurant wine lists put it at about $65 - I'd snag it.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
We don't drink much South African wine...we don't drink much Pinotage, I decided to splurge on a reputable one.
A thick blackberry syrup kinda nose along with that famous burnt rubber smell - I drank this blind and the nose gave it away.
Interesting...a unique wine, more of that blackberry syrup on the palate, not much oak or tannin, but loads of acid, stone fruit, peachy, plummy, that whole thing, all with some chocolatey notes as well....
You guessed it, blackberry on the finish, as it fades some spicy qualities - mint, mostly - lingers. Not bad.
An interesting wine. Retail out here was $32, so that's certainly nothing to sneeze at, but if you want to try a nice version of this varietal, it may be worth your while.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Just point your browser to http://thewineauxs.blogspot.com and a version of the site enhanced for mobile devices will automatically load. As far as I can tell you can't search the blog easily from this, but you can just scroll down and revert to the traditional site and pull it up that way.
Not too shabby if I do say so.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Black cherry, chocolate...actually, quite a bit of chocolate and some coffee as well for a nice mocha nose.
Fruit forward, but enough depth to not be fruit bomby....cherry and blueberry for the most part, but some stone fruit comes through along with a bit of very mild green spice.
Almost some Dr. Pepper like qualities on the finish along with peaches, like the red peach flesh around the pit.
Not too shabby....not shabby at all. Approachable and balanced enough that I'd have no qualms serving this at some sort of BBQ this summer.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
This is a special release from L Mawby, I don't think it's necessarily an exclusive to their wine club but at only 500 bottles or so it's certainly one of their more limited releases.
Caramel on the nose - an interesting thing I sometimes read about but never actually get. It's not necessarily sweet smelling, but it's distinctly caramel. Beyond that a bit of pear.
Caramel apple on the finish, straight up red apple dipped in caramel sans peanuts...very interesting. A bit of limeade thrown in, but overall a rich, complex mouthfeel.
A second big fat burst of that caramel dipped red apple on the finish with some peach skins, and a bit of grapefruit linger for some time on the finish.
This I like...a lot. The "Sandpainting" line is going to be limited release offerings and this first one is a great start.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Black cherry on the nose. All black cherry really.
Black cherry on the palate along with some vanilla and plum notes. Little depth, little acid, little backbone, little of interest.
Black cherry on the finish.
A bit simple...it's not awful, just dull. It's the sort of wine I'd deglaze a pan with - it's tasty enough and I wouldn't feel like I'm wasting something great.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Watermelon rind, pink grapefruit, and cinnamon on the nose.
Watermelon rind, pink grapefruit, and cinnamon the palate.
Watermelon rind, pink grapefruit, and cinnamon on the finish.
Do you like watermelon rind, pink grapefruit, and cinnamon? If so, you may like this wine. It's tough to get too serious about a standard cheap rose, but that said, it's more than tasty enough to snag a bunch and get a party going, get a party going, because it's time to party, and you will party hard.
Wow, the song I just referenced is 10 years old. Getting old sucks.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I get some marzipan on the nose - something I don't see often, almond, orange, sugar - I dig it.
Right off the bat, this is easiest the best Korbel product I've had - orange marmalade, toast, rye. Dry overall and a not over the top, though somewhat thick mouthfeel.
Red apple and orange oranges on the finish.
Seventeen bones is asking a bit much, there are better wines at this pricepoint to be sure, but this really isn't bad at all. Depending on how important the organic this is to you, this may be a worthy product to look into.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Hype is a tricky thing....
Before Next even opened there was tons of hype. I signed up to their e-mail list almost a year before they opened. A year.
Is the Paris 1906 version of Next worth the hype? How could it?
We start with Hors d'Ouevres. This was paired with Vincent Carre Brut Champagne.
An interesting French white that smelled like sherry and tasted like a super light white sherry...or maybe a glass of some miscellaneous white wine with a spike of sherry? It was interesting in an academic way.
The woman next to us had a lovely perfume, I actually really liked it - I just wish she didn't feel compelled to squirt herself 19 times before walking in the building. To put a positive spin on it, since my jacket is still infused with her scent I can bring it to Nordstrom and ask a shopgirl what it is - get the Christmas gift for the wife done early.
Paired with Filet de Sole Daumont
Paired with Supremes de Poussin.
Paired with Gratin de Pommes de Terre à la Dauphinoise
and Caneton Rouennais a la Presse
The palate cleanser was the Salade Irma (no wine with this) -
I have little to say because a quick google search and you'll find countless reviews written by people more knowledgeable and eloquent than I'd ever crank out. The chicken was a bit of a miss (purely a "to my taste" situation rather than a poor execution).
Dinner *seemed* incredibly rushed and quick, but we were still there for close to three hours, so it was anything but. Service was outstanding in every regard - friendly with great introductions to the food and wine, a few jokes here and there, all relaxed yet professional.
We took in a few drinks at The Aviary next door as well....
An amuse bouche of watermelon infused with something or another.
The Blueberry -
This guy got a "before" of the Ginger, so you can check that.--
The Dark and Stormy...classy! You drink this from a bottle in a paper bag, if memory serves it's dark rum and homemade ginger ale.
I also had an Old Fashioned encased in a ball of ice that was then smashed at the table...didn't get a photo, but this guy did. It was encased in a ball of ice that the serve smashes - the drink explodes, the liquid fills the glass, and the shards of "glass" are your ice. Pretty sweet.
The drinks are tasty, creative, and beautifully presented. They are also quite expensive - though really, it's not that unusual to see a $12 martini in any given Chicago restaurant - so it may be worth popping in and trying something genuinely unique if you're looking for a fancy night out.
Update 10/13/11 - Upon visiting The Aviary again last night, I've redacted my comments about poor service. Great, friendly staff all around.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is an "American" Pinot Noir, I believe the grapes are from Washington, and the retail is about eighteen bones. This is a newish label, it seems some of the newer wines have it, and if I may say so - I find it to be an improvement over the (already nice) older style. Kudos to the graphic department!
Earth, mocha, chocolate, and carob on the nose with an undercurrent of raspberry.
Raspberry tea, dark (like ultra mega 94% dark) chocolate, mocha, super ripe plum and blackberry.
Almost a green tea like finish with more of that mocha.
Simply put, most under $20 Pinot Noirs aren't worth your time, but I'd say this one is. Nicely played.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Watermelon of the natural and artificial sort on the nose.
More or less standard in the whole strawberry and watermelon thing, but it has a full bodied mouth feel almost oily in consistency....there is a type of candy that comes in a tube and has the consistency, more or less, as gel toothpaste - imagine sour watermelon gel candy in wine form - here you are. There's a bit more sweetness than I prefer in a rose, but the acid and that full bodied feel bring it all together into a sort of harmony.
A candy quality lingers.
I want to clarify - I keep using "candy" terms but this is not a blush wine by any means, it's a solid rose, firmly acidic, mildly tannic, full bodied, complex, but with a candy - a sour candy - dominating component. I can see some not caring for this....for me, it works.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
As I said, the online menu is different, so my descriptions will be lacking...
Mixed salad with poached egg. While I officially still hate eggs, things like this are helping me come around - not bad at all.
Tuna tartare with avocado. To me, this was great - Fran found the lime a bit too forward which threw it off...I liked the hint of ceviche quality it added to the dish.
Rack of lamb. I hate to oversell things, I hate to say "this is the best X I've ever had" (especially since the best fish I've ever had was consumed just a few days earlier) but I'm just going to come right out and say, this is the best lamb I've ever had. Ever. Anywhere. Lexington, Kentucky. Best lamb ever. We will likely be visiting this area again later this summer, I'm coming back to this restaurant exclusively for this dish.
Sea bass with a roasted tomato, potato, and something or another. Not a big fish fan, but this was solid...I'd also say it was oddly coursed after the lamb, but the flavors were quite bold, so it held up fine.