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September 21, 2007

2004 Terrazas Reserva Malbec Review

Terraza de los Andes Reserva Malbec
Year: 2004
ABV: 13.5%
We Paid: $10
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You think you’re tough? Need a muscle-bound lug of a red that can ride herd on a Saturday evening barbecue yet drink nice and easy? Try this high Andes Malbec from Terrazas. It’s supple and rich and full-bodied that dances with dark berries and plums together with leathery smoke and chocolate and a hint of tar. There are some sturdy tannins which are not unexpected but the complex wine softens with a lingering smooth velvety finish.

Probably only a perfectly rare porterhouse will be chewier than this Argentinean Malbec. It’s a hearty and pleasing red for the price - we found it for $10, but it's a value anywhere under $20. Find your favorite food that had a face, fire up the grill, and open a bottle of this very satisfying wine.

Terrazas 2005 Reserva Malbec - Red Wine

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August 13, 2007

A Korus Wine

Looking for a little funk in your wine trunk...errr, rack? Check out K'orus Wines, a new line of French wines from former Motown CEO Kedar Massenburg. According to the release we just got, the wine:

combines the best of French wine making with an upscale yet approachable American style, and embraces the trendsetting African-American consumer and other novice wine drinkers. It is initially available in three varietals - Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
We gotta say we think they're going after an as-yet untapped segment of the wine market, and even though we're not the target market (the slogan is "K'orus for us") we look forward to giving it a try.

more at K'orus Wine

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August 10, 2007

Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon

root1cab.jpgHere's another one for the list of wines we haven't tried yet but we're itching to (OK, not literally itching - maybe just a bit tingly). We've heard good things from friends and found good write-ups - looks like we're going to have to get on getting a bottle, eh? Plus, one customer reviewer had us at "spicy, smoky, wonderful."

Deep, dark cherry color, with an expressive bouquet of currants, vanilla, black and red berry fruits. Toffee, tobacco and bittersweet chocolate also stand out on the nose. Soft and supple in the mouth, the ripe fruit is balanced by smooth oak and its creamy texture is dominated by rich, ripe berries and a dark chocolate finish.

Pair this wine with ripe cheeses, like Emmental or Brie. Artfully accompanies grilled meats, spicy dishes and savory flavors of pepper, sage and thyme.

at Root 1 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

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July 20, 2007

Not Fat Bastard, It's SonOfaBitch

We're used to wines with cheeky or edgy names by now, with Fat Bastard and Cardinal Zin and Poizin - and we have to say we like 'em. The newest kid on the block is SonOfaBitch Pinot, a Canadian label that's part of a trifecta called Megalomaniac wines, from Vineland Estates Winery. We just hope people keep hitting the swear button for their brands - we've always wanted to sip a Motherf*cker Merlot.

Read more at Globe And Mail

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July 11, 2007

Vinos Sin-Ley G2 Red Wine Review

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We're not familiar with Vinos Sin-Ley, but we like their attitude, considering the name means "Wines without law." They have a cool naming scheme for their Garnacha that lets you identify the quality of the wine easily (G1 is the cheapest, right up to G5, the most expensive). The review we found is of the G2; the next thing we hope to find is actual bottles of this wine, especially since Wine Weekly gave it 90 points.
Bright, ripe, open nose of red and black berries, earth, tar, hint of tobacco. In the mouth you get juicy, almost candylike (jolly rancher) wild berry flavors, along with mild earth, a touch of tar and sweet tobacco. Clean, with a polished, smooth texture. Acidity and tannins are mild, making this a better match for lean meats and fish rather than fatty beef and cheesy plates. Enjoyable on its own as well – fine for a cocktail quaffer. This is an enjoyable, easy drinking wine with more complexity than you’d expect from an under-$10 bottle. Great value.
From Wine Weekly
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July 4, 2007

Liberty School Wines for Independence Day

Happy Fourth from your friends here at Cheap Fun Wines! When we were trying to figure out what to post, we realized we needed to tie it in somehow to the holiday, and the best we could come up with was Liberty School wine. Luckily, Wine Enthusiast rated their Cab with 89 points, so we can rest assured the wine is good as well as fitting with our theme.

The 2005 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon displays upfront aromas of ripe red fruit and hints of vanillin, followed by similar vibrant red berry flavors. Solid tannins lend excellent structure, while maintaining a soft approachability reflective of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a ripe full finish. Its fruit-driven style lends ease to food-pairing; it's an excellent choice for grilled, braised or roasted meats, Mediterranean fare and semi-aged cheeses.
Liberty School 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon - Red Wine

Varieties: Syrah, with a small amount of Viognier

This vintage of Syrah is brimming with up-front, ripe berry aromas. Its high-toned, red fruit flavors of mulberry and loganberry are complemented by full notes of exotic spice and cigar tobacco. This wine has a robust mineral backbone with well integrated tannins.

Syrah is an excellent choice for pairing with grilled, braised or roasted meats and game, as well as stews and hearty soups.

Liberty School 2004 Syrah - Syrah/Shiraz Red Wine

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June 28, 2007

Bootleg 2003 Grand Tuscan

bootleg-grand-tuscan.jpgWe have to admit, we picked this bottle because we like the graphics on the bottle so much, but sometimes you have to judge a book by its cover. This wine pushes the envelope of our "under $20" mission statement because ours was $19.99, but we were quite happy with our choice, probably because we're such Sangiovese fans.

An appealing marriage of old vine Sangiovese, Merlot and Ancellota. Sangiovese adds broad-faced, generous, marasca cherry while the Merlot is supple and round. The extremely rare, dark, intense Ancellota brings intense earthiness and terroir. Floral and opulent with cashmere tannins, hints of vanilla extract and red fruit reduction on the finish.
Bootleg 2003 Grand Tuscan - Italian Red Wine

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June 27, 2007

Veramonte 2004 Primus

We keep trying to move away from South American wines, but they keep dragging us right back in. Our latest love is the Veramonte Primus from 2004, a very nice dry red - the earlier vintages were very highly rated and we think the '04 matches up well too.

Primus is a racy blend of Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made from the highest quality grapes at the Veramonte Estate. It showcases the rare Carmenere variety, a distinctive grape that has found its home in Chile.

Well structured with mature, ripe fruit that exhibits an evolved complexity with a seamless blending of the three varietals. Velvety, with a medium body and smooth, yet powerful tannins.

Veramonte 2004 Primus - Bordeaux Blends Red Wine

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June 21, 2007

Bodega Inurrieta Norte 2003

We haven't tried a lot of Spanish wines, but we're certainly interested in the prospect. Most people think of very specific grapes when they think of Spain (Tempranillo springs to mind) but the folks over at Good Wine Under $20 have discovered a Merlot-Cab blend they like a lot - though you may have some trouble finding it.

This was a rich, smoky wine, with a deep inky crimson color and inviting aromas of spices, flowers, and rich red and black berries. Bodega Inurrieta makes their wine in the Navarra region, which has both warm Mediterranean and cooler Atlantic influences. These different influences help the grapes to develop their full potential without over-ripeness. The flavors of cassis, clove, and cedar were equally rich and inviting and lingered in your mouth, making it a pleasure to drink glass after beautiful glass. And you could do just that because the wine had 13.5% alc/vol despite its rich and flavorful profile. What most impressed me, however, was the wine's superb balance, since the acidity that gave the wine structure was perfectly paired with the fruit and the oak.
Read on at Good Wine Under $20

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June 19, 2007

2005 The Catch Pinot Noir

We're more than a little bit fascinated by celebrity wines, and we were pretty bummed a little bit ago when we missed out on the Red Sox wines that were released for charity. The latest we've heard of is called The Catch, and was released by former San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark. We've never heard of him, but we wouldn't mind checking out his wine after what we've read - it costs almost $100 per bottle which is out of our typical range, but it's for a good cause.

The wine is made of 100% Pinot Noir. The wine is a blend of four different clones from the Russian River vineyards and is aged in French Oak barrels for eight months. The proceeds from the sale of the wine benefit the Harmony Foundation for Children, which provides support and resources to underprivileged children.
via Luxist

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