wine tasting, 4.7.16


name – mars & venus
varietal – chardonnay

region – la mancha

country – spain

year – 2014

price – $6

critic review – a very nice value chardonnay that comfortably over-delivers versus its modest price tag.  no oak here, just bushels of clean, crisp, chardonnay apple and stone fruit with a hint of caramelized pineapple.  juicy and clean, this is a mid-weight white that’s just perfect for parties or weeknight sipping.

my review – this wine smelled of citrus and orange juice; it had the same elements in its taste, in addition to the flavor equivalent of a bouquet of fresh flowers.



name – mapreco
varietal – treizadura, loureiko, arinto, touriga nacional

region – vinho verde

country – portugal

year – 2015

price – $10

critic review – the cherry color reveals a slightly fizzy wine that is a very fruitful rose made from the traditional vinho verde white grapes.  adding a splash of red to offer flavors with notes of strawberry, cherry, and berries.  a delightful twist on the original.

my review – this wine smelled of melon and flowers.  it tasted of rose petals and strawberries, with a strong fizzy element.



name – manoir du carra
varietal – beaujolais nouveau gamay

region – beaujolais

country – france

year – 2014

price – $12

critic review – a pretty, floral wine, with a rose petal note underscoring the rich pomegranate and sweet plum flavors.  the fresh acidity is balanced and a light spice note lingers on the finish.

my review – this wine smelled of plums, sweet berries, a cigar box, and had a fragrant spiciness.  it tasted of blackberries, fruit jam, and pepper.



name – maipe
varietal – malbec

region – mendoza

country – argentina

year – 2015

price – $12

critic review – the 2015 maipe malbec is another 100% malbec, with a deep purple color and a style similar to the lexicon, with chocolaty, blackcurrant, and blackberry fruit, as well as touches of licorice and earth.  it is delicious, soft, and round.

my review – this wine smelled of yogurt, raspberry, cherry, and pine needles.  it tasted smokey and spicy, with a heavy pepper element.  i was not a fan.



name – fetzer
varietal – gewurztraminer

region – california

country – america

year – 2014

price – $12

critic review – a rainy minerality on the nose of this sweet wine manages to cut through the sugared oranges, honeysuckle, and ripe, tropical white fleshed fruit, from peach to cherlmoya.  the palate is full of honeyed apples, white peach, and pineapple, but the decent acidity and chalky element stops it short of treacly.

my review – this wine smelled of peaches, cherry blossoms, rose petals, and honey.  it tasted much different – mainly of sour apple and strawberries.