Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Brut Nature

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Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Jané Ventura S.A.
Year: 2010

The head of this Spanish Sparkling is a little more creamy than most, staying a little longer. Mostly apples in the nose with some hints of sugars and yeast. Overall pretty sweet, fruity, but the taste has something else to tell. More on the sour side with the light sugars appearing in the finish. Some decent bitterness balances this and the yeast lingers in the aftertaste, living a mild nutty note on the tongue. Not bad, but was expecting much better. Not sure if past its prime.

Rating: 3.3/5


Elaboradores Bohigas Brut Cava

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Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: CFermi Bohigas S.A.

This Spanish Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast at first, but then white grape fruitiness comes out and some sourness happens. Creamy white head that leaves a little on top of the wine. The taste has the sourness as well in the start with the grapes in the finish. The sweetness is well-balanced everywhere. The yeast is well-blended in this. Very easy to drink bubbly that is good all over for any situation.

Rating: 3.7/5

Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

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Price: $13.90
Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile
By: Vina Luis Felipe Edwards Ltda.
Year: 2013

Quite a classy looking label from a Chile winemaker. Aromas of berries from the Shiraz at first, then twirl the glass and out comes the Cabernet Sauvignon notes with leather and tobacco. The taste is a little milder, kind of watered-down, but still decent with more of the shiraz characteristics (plums, cherries). What helps is the vanilla from the oak ageing. Good enough tannins in the finish with a dryness that seems to get sharper as we progress. A good red wine, but just lacking a little something. A little more Sauvignon punch.

Rating: 3.4/5

Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

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Price: $16.45
Made in: Chile
By: Vina Errazuriz S.A.
Year: 2014

Classy label for this Chilean white wine. Wow ! Loads of fruits in the nose. Tropical fruits, grapes and mild sourness. The sourness shows a little more in the taste, at first. Covers the sweetness of the fruits. Some nice dry sharpness without being dry in the finish. A little watered-down but overall a real nice Sauvignon Blanc and quite enjoyable for our first of 2015.

Rating: 3.7/5

Totus Tuus Cava Brut Reserva

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Price: $15.95
Made in: Madrid, Spain
By: Bodegas Matilde

This Spanish bubbly is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarello, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada and 6% Pinot Noir. Mild yeast aromas well-blended dry, sweet and sour grapes. Start on the sweet-side flavour but goes quickly into a nice dryness and the finish is slightly sharp (Pinot ?), making this one interesting. Small amount of yeast lingering giving some hints of nuts. Pretty good for the price with a nice finish.

Rating: 3.7/5

Passion of Portugal Reserva Red

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Price: $8.25
Made in: Alentejo, Portugal
By: Casa Santos Lima
Varietal: Syrah, Tinta Roriz and Barroca

This inexpensive Portuguese blended red wine has Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Syrah grapes. There is a tag on the front label that says Or (Gold) Coupe des Nations Québec 2013 award. It has very nice aromas with mild leather, tobacco and dark fruits. The taste is good as well, but very mild at first. With time though, it becomes quite good. Light tannins, light dryness and plum notes. All of this make this one a superb red wine for under $10.

Rating: 3.8/5

Emiliana Adobe Reserva Merlot

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Price: $12.95
Made in: San Antonio Valley, Chile
By: Vinedos Emiliana S.A.
Varietal: Merlot

This is one of our first Organic wine experience (the first one being this same winery, last year, with their white). Smells weak at first, but gets stronger with time. Cherries with a little tobacco. The taste unfortunately stays mild. Decent plums and berries, but finishes quickly and only tart is left on the tongue. Good in the way that it does not offend because it is organic. Just too mild overall.

Rating: 2.9/5