Bodega La Rural San Felipe 12 Uvas Non-Vintage Mendoza, Argentina 

My Rating 83 Points.   

Price $6.

Ruby in color with medium intensity and a wide brick rim.

Sweet nose of cherries, plums, sweet vanilla, licorice, cloves, flowers, cotton candy, metals, spices and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and some legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tart raspberries.

A simple red blend from Mendoza.
Easy drinking. Not offensive at all but not special either.
A Good food wine, or just to Sip on. Balanced, but without any complexity. Good right out of the bottle.

The bottle is very unique looking, so I bought it for the bottle…

A blend of 12 different grapes. The wine is called 12 grapes, and there is a nice story behind it, but it’s too long for this post. Google does a good job explaining it.
Although it is not offensive, it does taste like it’s a blend of a bunch of leftover wine.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

Heinrich Blaufränkisch 2013 Burgerland, Austria 

My Rating 83 Points.   

Price $22.
This is my first taste of the Blaufrankisch varietal.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Nice fruity nose with black currants, cherries, candy, earth, flowers, leather, raspberries, forest floor, smoke, green pepper, peppercorn and licorice.

Medium plus in body and soft, with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Sour and dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, licorice, tar, earth, light vanilla, red candy, licorice, light oak, forest floor, black pepper and smoke.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tart raspberries.

This is a nice everyday red from Austria. A good food wine, without too much complexity. Not fully balanced, but drinking nicely now.

Fermented in oak vats, and matured in large Austrian and French Oak barrels for 13 months.
I paired it with hard and soft cheeses.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2015 Mendoza, Argentina 

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $20.


Dirty ruby in color with a purple/brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, oak, vanilla, alcohol, cola, leather, earth, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, chocolates, green herbs and spices.

Nice finish with soft tannins and black pepper.

This is a young Malbec from Mendoza. Nicely balanced and drinking elegantly now, but will be better in a year or two. A nice wine to keep in your cellar for a while, and not expensive either.

Needs two hours to properly open up and show its complexity.

100% Malbec grapes, Unfiltered and Unfined. Another teeth staining red wine…

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Peju Province Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2013, California

My Rating 89 Points.   

Price $40.


For National Drink Wine Day,  I opened this beautiful Napa Valley Merlot.

Dark inky in color with a very thin purple rim.

Nice fruity nose of black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, light green pepper, bitter vegetables, earth, dust, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn and spices.

Full bodied, big and bold, with high acidity and nice long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, green pepper, earth, vanilla, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke chocolates and mocha.

Long finish with green, angular tannins and black pepper.

A very young Napa Merlot that needs 3 to 7 years to mature. Enormous tannins that will not match everyone’s palate.

Still unbalanced, but I liked it with a plate of hard cheeses.

Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly.

91 points Wine Enthusiasts

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Firestone Vinyards Santa Yvez Valley Chardonnay 2013, California 

My Rating 85 Points.   

Price $13. 


Light straw in color with a golden hue.

Fruity nose of pears, pineapples, vanilla, oak, melons, citrus, tropical fruits, yellow apples and light gooseberry.

Full bodied and bold, yet refreshing when chilled, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with vanilla, oak, grapefruits, citrus, apples, pears, cream, toast, almonds, melons and tropical fruits.

A Medium watery finish.

This is an above-average, yet simple, chardonnay from California. Big, with lots of alcohol, so beware…
Nicely balanced with ample secondary flavors of wood and vanilla. Nice and refreshing to drink by itself but needs to be very chilled.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley California

My Rating 90 Points.   

Price $75.
So it is Friday again, and I have to have my Cabernet fix for the weekend, don’t I?

Deep inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, earth, leather, green pepper, chocolates, tobacco, tar, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity, long legs, smooth and elegant.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, oak vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, tobacco leaf, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and nice acidity on the very ending.

A very nice, smooth and luxurious, Napa Cabernet. Still young and missing some structure. Nice and balanced, but still missing something that will hopefully come in a couple of years. I liked the length on the ending, though. Much more complex after 2 hours of airtime.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

J & H Selbach Joy Spätlese Riesling Prädikatswein  Mosel, Germany 2014 

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $18.
Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Light nose of lemons, tropical fruits, minerals, citrus, tangerines, pears and yellow apples.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Off dry on the palate with citrus, star fruits, lemons, honey, apples, melons, tropical fruits, pineapples and sea salt.

Long finish with limes and oranges.

A nice and refreshing Spätlese Riesling from Mosel. Crisp and engaging. Not dry, but well-balanced with nice acidity and a tangy ending.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, by the porch or pool. Good for parties, not offensive, and we’ll go well with food too.

Nice now, and will probably add some complexity in the next few years.

9% alcohol by volume.