Monday, August 31, 2009

2007 Argiolas Vermentino "Costamolino"

With good quality wines being produced all over the globe, I was not surprised by the outstanding quality of this white wine from Sardinia. I have tasted previous vintages of this wine but 2007 must have been an exceptional vintage for this producer. The wine is full-bodied, which is to be expected from this varietal. A rich, slightly viscous feel in the mouth is balanced by good acidity and a crisp finish. The aromatics are also interesting with roasted nuts and ripe lemon notes. I don't think this wine has seen any oak and that is a good thing given the distinctive varietal aromas that can stand on their own.

I purchased this wine at the Lukas store in Kansas City for $14. This wine should have good nationwide distribution.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

2007 Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Frei Brothers winery has been owned by the Gallo empire for quite some time and this wine proves that ownership of a small winery by a huge corporation is not always a bad thing (although it certainly can be). This zin impresses right away with its dark ruby color. The aromas and flavors are pure ripe raspberry and black cherry. Dense and rich in the mouth with silky tannins. The 15% alcohol is invisible. This wine has an expensive quality to it which makes its price at the KC Lukas store ($18) an amazing bargain. It should have good nationwide distribution. If you like Zinfandel, you would not regret bringing home a case of this wine.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

2008 Kirkland (Costco) Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

I like Costco for their wines and everything else I might need. When I recently visited their wine section, I probably would not have given the displayed cases of this wine a second look had I not had such good luck with this Costco proprietary brand. One of he best experiences I have had with Kirkland was a bottle of vintage dated extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany - a one liter bottle turned out to be the real deal at a bargain price. So, I gave the Pinot Noir a try ($12.95) and this wine has some authentic pinot black cherry aromas and flavors. Good overall balance and a pleasant finish seal the deal. Now, this wine offers no competition to the luscious pinots from Martinelli and Rochioli. It is simply a light but honest bargain pinot for summertime meals on your deck.