Author: odedi's Wine Reviews

Bocelli Wines Tenor Red 2015 IGT, Italy 


My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $18. 



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, alcohol, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, vegetables, bell pepper and bitter herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate, and tart, with cranberries, pomegranates, licorice, vegetables, pencil lead, vanilla, wood, tobacco, cloves, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Tuscan red is unbalanced, with mild complexity. A good food wine, though. Not my style, but drinkable nonetheless.

A blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Sangiovese and 33% Merlot.

The wine maker is Andrea Bocelli’s brother, I’m not sure that it matters, though.

I paired it with Pasta Bolognese.

13% alcohol by volume.

Ogier Caves des Papes Héritages Côte du Rhône 2015, France 

My Rating 84 Points.   

Price $12. 
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Nice fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, earth, wood, vanilla, green pepper, licorice, coffee, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, licorice, oak, vanilla, green vegetables, bell pepper, earth, sage, spices, coffee, bitter herbs, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

This is a nice red wine from Côte du Rhône. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Shows mild complexity and good balance, but still green and bitter on the ending.

Needs a year or two in the bottle to mature, however, it is drinkable now, by itself or with food.

This is very enjoyable as a happy hour red wine.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Covey Run Winery Riesling 2014 Columbia Valley, Washington State 


My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $12. 



Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.
Nice nose of white flowers, lemons, citrus, tropical fruits, peaches, diesel, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Semi sweet on the palate with citrus, lemons, honey, apples, melons, tropical fruits, peaches and spices.

Nice tangy finish with limes.

A nice Riesling from Columbia Valley in Washington State. Not very complex, but enjoyable nonetheless. A little sweet for me, but it is balanced and drinking nicely all by itself.

I paired it with spicy appetizers.

12.7% alcohol by volume.

Casella Family Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Southeastern Australia 

My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $7.


Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Mute nose of blueberries, plums, earth and barnyard.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, earth, chocolates, smoke, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Short finish with medium, round tannins and spices.

A drinkable everyday red wine from Australia. Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. (It was better chilled actually).

Good for parties, simple and inexpensive.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

Biagio Chianti 2015 DOCG Tuscany, Italy 

My Rating 78 Points.   

Price $12.

Ruby in color with medium intensity and pinkish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, earth, strawberries, blueberries, oak, spices, red candy, vegetables, black pepper and smoke.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Tart and dry on the palate with cranberries, tart cherries, pomegranates, earth, green vegetables, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tart raspberries.

This Chianti is unbalanced and better with food. Simple with a light mouthfeel. Not my style.

I paired it beef meatballs.

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Ciliegiolo.

12% alcohol by volume.

William Hill Estate Winery Central Coast Pinot Noir 2014, California 

My Rating 82 Points.   

Price $17.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, sweet cherries, smoke, light vanilla, earth, spices, cloves, light barnyard, green vegetables, black tea and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, licorice, tobacco, spices, chocolates and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and black pepper.

This is a good everyday wine. Easy drinking and good for parties. Simple with a soft mouthfeel and a barnyard aftertaste.

85 points Wine Enthusiasts.

Not my style, but can do in a pinch.

14.5% (Wow!) alcohol by volume.

Paua Bay Wines Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc 2016 South Island, New Zealand 

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $14. 

 

Pale yellow in color with a light golden hue.

Nice citrucy nose of grapefruits, citrus, lemons, green apples and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruit juice, white pepper, minerals, spices, cream, citrus and green apples.

Medium finish with crisp acidity.

This simple Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, is nice and refreshing. Not too bitter and I liked that. Balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good as a sipping wine on a hot day.

I paired it with a spicy cauliflower appetizer.

13% alcohol by volume.