CLEVELAND, Ohio – Our tasting panel tasted 10 wines from five countries. This month’s group ranges from $ 10 to $ 20, and all of the wines are quite light. Our reviews offer flavor profiles for the wine, which should be available on store shelves in Northeast Ohio. We list our favorite at the end. Email what you like and dislike.
Zanon Zinfandel, California, Chardonnay, 2018, $ 16.99
With buttery nose, notes of apple, balanced oak and good acidity, this is another great offering from the Columbus winemaker. We would give it a five on our unofficial oak scale of 0 (no oak) to 10 (oak bomb).
Fetzer Vineyards, Mendocino County, California; 2019, $ 9.99
We were a little skeptical about the price. I mean, how much can you ask for a $ 10 wine? Apparently a lot. While I pay little attention to the ratings of domestic critics, I saw after taking this off the rack that James Suckling gave him 90 points. Although I don’t personally buy wines on a points basis, it intrigued me. For this price, you’d expect a base wine that probably won’t have much of a finish and you won’t expect bad tastes. It was a surprise. Nice creaminess, lemon curd taste, with lingering fresh lemon on the finish with light pie crust flavors. This is a good example of excellent value for money. Incredible deal.
Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva
Concha y Toro, Chile; Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019, $ 17
Notes of blueberry come through with an herbaceous dryness, flavors of blackberry, bramble and tomato-vine. Much slimmer body than, say, a Napa Cab. Even a novice wine drinker would spot the differences between the two during a blind tasting. But it held up well to the beef kebabs and grape tomatoes on the grill.
Domaine Bousquet Reserve Chardonnay
Domaine Bousquet, Tupnugato Uco Valley, Argentina; Chardonnay, 2019, $ 18
Made with organic grapes. Notes of peach and apricot, fresh tasting with a hint of apple in the mouth. Not woody at all.
Domaine Bousquet Reserve Pinot Noir
Domaine Bousquet, Tupungato Uco Valley, Argentina; Pinot Noir, 2019, $ 18
Hard to get a decent pinot noir these days at this price. This one has hints of dried cherry and some tannins. Not super fruity, with hints of dried rose petals. Friendly-versatile kitchen.
Here is a selection to consider:
brightcellars.com: The monthly club offers wines after taking a “palate quiz”.
Caveswineclub.com: Club allows you to choose the number of bottles you want.
splashwines.com: choose an organized case or create your own.
winc.com: Four wines tailored to your tastes are shipped monthly. Has a review element.
wine.com: A large online seller often offers discounts to new customers.
wineawesomeness.com: shipments of three and six bottles.
wineenthusiast.com: a complete site for wine accessories – stands, glasses, door openers, storage, gifts, etc.
wineonsale.com: Allows you to select by grape variety or region.
zachys.com: Includes a variety of ways to find / buy, as well as auction information.
Bonterra Young Red
Bonterra Vineyards, Mendocino County, California; 2020, $ 16
One of our tasting buddies called it a “cheerful little wine, à la Beaujolais”. The offer of this organic and biodynamic cellar is like a light fruit punch but not sweet, with light banana notes and a hint of strawberry.
Faustino, Spain, Tempranillo, 2017, $ 13
Crianza is the aging classification, Rioja is the approved region, Tempranillo is the grape. We have cherry, licorice, cranberry, cedar and oak in this dry and light red wine. Crianza indicates that the wine has aged for two years, including six months in oak barrels.
Steele Wines, California, Merlot, 2017, $ 20
Some salinity emerges with notes of plum, chocolate, dried cherry and raisin. The taste is slightly reminiscent of port (but not the body). Steele makes drinkable and affordable wines.
Cavit Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Cavit Collection, Trentino, Italy; Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019, $ 9.99
A common store wine that we had never tried. Again, with wines at this price point, you don’t have high expectations. You just hope you don’t get bad flavors in a passable wine. It’s like hoping your not-so-bright nephew can get at least an average C. This wine has no nose to speak of and almost no tannins, with a fair amount of fruit – blueberry and strawberry – on the palate. . It’s not complex, but it’s a decent sipper.
Founded by Josh Phelps Sauvignon Blanc
Grounded Wine Co., California, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018, $ 15
The lime, peach and pear triumvirate is present with every sip. Certainly not a garish and sour Sauv Blanc like many can be. The Californian versions of this grape are more tame. In fact, it is a bit floral on the nose. Blind, it would have been a challenge at first glance. It’s too substantial to be a Pinot Grigio and the taste is more like an unoaked Char.
Favorite of the month: Chardonnay Fetzer
Monthly wine reviews 2021
21 wines to sip in June, all under $ 25
14 wines to consider sipping for May, under $ 25
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris guide – April
10 wines under $ 25 to consider in March
8 wines – all blends $ 20 and less to sip on a cold February night
12 wines, 12 grape varieties under $ 25 to toast 2021 – January
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