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Value wine tasting at Sunset Corners

Posted by fromagebob on January 16, 2010

Saturday is my day to visit Sunset Corners for their weekly wine and cheese tasting. This week, they featured a selection of Spanish wines, all priced below $25.00, and all nice drinking wines. Part of the reason I enjoy visiting this shop is because they do not charge for their tastings, they get “newbie” wine drinkers in the shop, and it is always a pleasure to share their fresh experiences.

The first wine was a 2008 Bodegas Santa Quiteria Higueruela, from Almansa, Spain. This is 100% garnacha, unoaked, from old vines. The aroma was alcohol, sweet cherries, and a hint of floral notes. The taste was a little sweet, and slightly candy-like, with cooked dark fruits, and a touch of spice. The finish was short, and a little earthy. This wine retails for $11.99

Next was a 2007 Bodegas Silvano Garcia Vina Honda, from Jumilla (one of my favorite wine regions). This wine is 100% Monastrell, fermented in stainless steel vats. The aroma was smoky, with dark cherries, blueberries, and a hint of leather. The taste was tobacco, dark fruits, some slight vegetal notes. It has a medium finish that was nice – slightly bitter, but spicy. I thought the leather and tobacco notes were unusual in the wine, since it was not oaked, but they were the first thing that hit my nose. This wine retails for $14.99.

Third up was a wine I’ve had before – Vivir, Vivir. This particular vintage was 2008. This 100% unoaked Tempranillo. On the nose, a little spicy, with some vegetal notes, and dark berries. The flavor was cooked dark fruit, some tannins that softened out pretty quickly, and a medium, slightly bitter finish. This wine retails for $9.99. I found that this is a wine that you open and drink – it does not hold well. It would be a very nice party wine.

Next was the 2008 Bodegas Abanico Las Colinas del Ebro Terra Alta. This is a blend of Syrah (60%) and Garnacha (40%). The two varietals are fermented separately, then blended. They undergo a short period in French Oak barrels. On the nose, I found cherry, licorice, dark berries, and light floral notes. In the mouth, Light tannins, dark cherries, a little vanilla, and a slight vegetal note. The finish was medium, and slightly sweet. This wine retails for $12.99

Tomorrow, I’ll fill in the rest! Have a glass of wine with dinner – you’ll be glad you did! If you’re interested in finding out about their upcoming wine tastings, send an e-mail to Michael Bittell.

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Frontier Red California Red Wine

Posted by fromagebob on September 4, 2009

I picked this up at Sunset Corners a couple of weeks ago. A customer was asking one of the guys in the store for an inexpensive red wine, and this is what he recommended. Sounded interesting, and the price seemed right, so I got a bottle, too. I think it was around $12.00. Can’t beat that for a casual red wine! It’s a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignane. Bottle doesn’t have the percentages on it, but you can really taste the notes of the Grenache and Petite Sirah.

It’s got a nice nose. Cherries, some tobacco and leather, a little spice, touch of alcohol. The taste is a little thin, but there’s cherries, pepper, vanilla and oak. The finish isn’t bad – medium, but the flavor stays. Doesn’t get candy-ish. If anything, it gets a little spicy, then drifts away. I like it, will definitely keep a couple bottles around.

This is bottled by the Fess Parker Winery in Santa Maria, CA.

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