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2005 Woot Cellars EHP

Monday, 22. February 2010 19:38

Another wine review, this one of a wine.woot exclusive that was released a little over a year ago. wine.woot is an online site associated with, and generally offers 2 to 3 selections of wines a week for discounted prices. On occasion they release a few wines of their own under the Woot Cellars label. This is one that was released during the 2008 Christmas season. As such it isn’t readilly available anywhere anymore. Anyways, off we go.

Wine: 2005 Woot Cellars Central Coast Emergency Holiday Provisions (Blend of 57% Sangiovese, 29% Merlot, and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon)

Price: $59.99 for half a case ($9.99 a bottle)

The Tasting:

Color: Light garnet, almost rubyish. There is a slightly brown/reddish tinge on the edge. It’s roughly what I’ve come to expect from sangioveses, and given the large amount of sangiovese in this, it fits.

Nose: A bit harsh at first, with tart cherries and cranberries. Pretty fruity, but with hints of fresh-cut cedar planks. I like this nose; fruit without the sweetness.

Taste: There are definitely some serious cherries here, I’m thinking bing cherries. There’s also some blackberries to be found among hints of cinnomon and Dr. Pepper. There are tannins here that aren’t entirely integrated into the wine, but it does feel like they’re adding some decent structure here and that they’re trying to balance themselves against the fruit. I don’t think this wine is going to be getting much better with any additional aging, but maybe another 3 months or so would help mute the little bit of harshness that the tannins are bringing.

The finish is decently long, with some leathery and earthy oak on the tongue.

Final Thoughts: This is a nice wine, if a bit one-dimensional (lots of tart cherries!). That one dimension, however, is done pretty well, and there is decent structure here, and a respectable balance between the fruit flavors and the earthy finish. I’d rate this wine somewhere around 84 to 86 points (and probably on the higher side when paired with complementary foods – I’m thinking some nice pasta with a good red sauce). Not bad!

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2008 Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio

Saturday, 20. February 2010 21:25

The first of (hopefully) many reviews/ratings of wines. For this one we start out with a super budget wine, the 2008 Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio, which can be purchased for $3.99 at Trader Joe’s. In the future I’ll be adding several more ‘reviews’ of many different wines (don’t worry, not all of them are going to be cheap Trader Joes wines; just some of them!) Anyways, here we go:

Wine: 2008 Gaetano D’Aquino Pinot Grigio

Price: $3.99 at Trader Joes

The Tasting:

Color: Super pale (as you can probably see in the picture). Most pinot grigio’s I’ve had are quite pale, though this one is probably a bit more pale than most I’ve seen.

Nose: Sweet nectarines. There is some honeysuckle here, and the same kind of tingling scent that you can get from licorice, but without the actual licorice flavor. It’s almost like smelling sweet tarts without the tartness. Very similar to a combination of purple and blue pixy stix, if you’ve ever had that particular kind of candy. The nose definitely sets you up to think that this is going to be massively sweet, which isn’t what I look for in a pinot grigio. Moving on to the taste…

Taste: Surprisingly, not too sweet (hooray for that!). There is some grass here, and a hint of wet mint leaves/stems. Skittles candy come up in the middle of the tongue. There’s hints of pear with a minute amount of honey on it. These are all relatively sweet flavors, but the wine itself isn’t too sweet. It isn’t exactly crisp, but it is far from cloying. I’d say it’s a bit thin, and possibly a tad watery, but to so much that it lacks any and all substance. Not much finish.

My girlfriend after her first sip says that it is “mild and unobtrusive.” After her first glass, she’s determined that she likes it, and that it’s easy to drink quite a bit of it!

Final Thoughts: This is far from a profound wine, but it is also far from being dreck. I’d rate it around an 80-81. Not earth-shattering, but really, for only $3.99, you can’t argue.

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