Alice White Cabernet Sauvignon

Alice White Cabernet SauvignonG’day!  Today’s wine takes us down below to South Eastern Australia as we check out the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alice Colorless.  We’re also getting down below $7 in fee, which is always tough.  Now and then I’ll find an incredible bottle of wine for about $5, but that doesn’t happen very often.
While my mission is to find the gems in low cost wines, I know that not each bottle I try is going to be exceptional.  And with this bottle, “banal” is the word that comes to mind when I taste it.  It just lacks anything to make it special.  It’s drinkable, but nothing to get excited about.
It has vanilla, strawberry and tobacco on the nose, plum and strawberries on the palate.  It’s a touch on the overly fruity side for a Cabernet.  It does have nice, smooth tannins but they are understated.  For $6.99 it’s decent, but you can do better without spending much more.  I gave it an 82.
Wine: Alice Colorless
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2006
Alcohol: 13.5% 
Rating: 82
Fee Paid: $6.99

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Finca La Linda Torrontés

Finca La Linda TorrontésLately, when I mention Argentine wines most people reckon of Malbec.  It’s popularity has soared over the past few years.  But Argentina has a notable variety on the colorless wine shelf too, Torrontés.
This variety is supposedly related to Malvasia.  Rather than reword what’s already been place out there about Torrontés, I’ll give you these links for the background on the variety: Read more

Punkt Sparkling Grüner Veltliner

Punkt Sparkling Grüner VeltlinerSparkling wine is often a well loved choice to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but let’s face it, Champagne can be quite pricy and not a excellent pick for the frugal.  Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a excellent sparkling wine though, as there are plenty of enjoyable sparklers additional than Champagne.  You can check out many Champagne-style wines from California, or look for something unique like this one.
Punkt, from producer Weingut Ewald Gruber, is a sparkling Grüner Veltliner, which is something you probably don’t come across each day.  In fact, you might not even be familiar with Grüner Veltliner, much less a sparkling one.  Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria.  It produces a dry, minerally, full-bodied, food-friendly wine that is usually best consumed young.  Sometimes it can have a peppery quality to it.  It’s usually produced as a subdue wine, but sometimes it’s produced as a sparkler.One of the things I like about this wine is its uniqueness. It makes a excellent conversation starter as most people I know have never had a Punkt Sparkling Gruner Veltliner.  You won’t get the ceremonial popping of the cork that you’re used to from additional sparkling wine as this one has a screw cap.  But don’t let that stop you from giving it a try.  One nice thing about the screw cap is that it’s simple to recap the bottle if you’re not consuming it all in one evening.
Everything about this wine is soft—the nose, the palate and the foam.  You’ll find that it’s not quite as bubbly as Champagne-style wines you’ve had in the past.  But, it’s set alight and refreshing.   On the nose it has a combination of floral, mineral, apple and faint citrus aromas.  It’s set alight and mildly bubbly on the palate with a excellent amount of apple and pear flavor.  The end brings a hint of citrus acidity, but it’s subdue honestly soft. It’s an fascinating wine and something worth tiresome.
Not only is this an enjoyable and unique wine, but it’s a fantastic fee on a sparkling wine in general.
Wine: Punkt
Variety: Sparkling Grüner Veltliner
Vintage: N/V
Alcohol: 11%
Rating: 87
Fee: $15.99

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A Dynamite Chardonnay?

A Dynamite Chardonnay?There’s something about a fantastic deal that gets me excited, so I was thrilled when I saw Dynamite Chardonnay marked $7.00 off.  That brings it into my fee range at $9.99, so of course I had to buy a bottle.
I’ve had the Dynamite Zinfandel on a nighttime out to one of my favorite restaurants here in Cincinnati, Bella Luna.  (I was about to link that until I saw how atrocious their website is — I’ll need to talk with Harry about that.  If you want to see it, you’ll need to Google it yourself.  But trust me, the food is awesome.)  Anyway… I loved the Dynamite Zin, and I’ve heard a bit of buzz about Dynamite wines so I was glad to see a bottle in my fee range.
I also loved conception about Dynamite on their website where in one paragraph they talk about how the name was consequential from how they had to use dynamite to blast away the rocky slopes to plant the vinyard.  Then a link paragraphs before long they highlight their “sustainable farming techniques.”  When did dynamite become an ingredient for sustainability? lol
The artwork on the bottle is nice.  They have a local artist design the marks for each vintage.
The Chardonnay was excellent, but not extraordinary.  Minimal fruitiness (apple), slight oak, a bit nutty.  Undynamic and uninspiring.  I gave this wine an 83.
A drinkable wine, but it’s dull and not worth the fee… especially at the original fee.  But even at the discounted fee, I’d take the Veramonte Chardonnay over this one anyday and save a few dollars to boot.

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