We’ve opened a few bottles over the last week, simply having a ball when accompanying them with the Presidential debates and some fresh dinners made from the best of the local produce that’s still available during this fall season. We’d recommend stock pilling all the swirling colored tomatoes you possibly can while their still around. Make a spicy tomato sauce and reserve it as a side dish for a course of fine bread and fresh mozzarella. Read below to see what inexpensive wines we’ve popped open. There are two in particular that will go great with the aforementioned end of the season fare. It’s during these times, when the nights are worthy of a bulky blanket and the morning walk requires a jacket and the air radiates a comforting must, that we must take special note of. Fall happens to be just as finite as that fine dream you had last week, but can’t seem to fully recollect. It comes and it’s fine and brightening and special, but then gone just as a fine bottle of vino is when shared amongst a group. There’s never quite enough of it.
Bogle Vineyards 2010 Petite Sirah – 13.5% – $9
– Strikingly, it looks like grape juice. Newman’s Own, to be exact. There’s no real thinness to be seen, it all appears to be the murky spread of concentrated juice.
– A faint glimmer of hope as we reach the nose; and there is a light floral sensation followed by a trenching sweetness. Some light cocoa, too.
– It was noted that, on the tip of the tongue, a prevalent, distasteful, charred coal was present. However this wasn’t an unpleasant effect on me personally – having something to do with my burned away taste buds in that region. The mid and finish spoke of over-processed techniques: residual sugar and heavy use of oak. However we found the the wine had a fair amount of decent tannic coating and a well balanced smoothness that was juxtaposed to its bulking, weighty feel.
Overall: Skip. Not a dispiriting wine by any means, just rather torrid and lacking any concentration. The Bogle is interesting, yet the focus is swirling, hodgepodge and lacking the de rigueur of petite sirah.
Jacob’s Creek 2009 Cabernet Sauvingnon, Australia – $6
– Dark Garnet with little thinning on the edges to be seen.
– A hint of licorice and a touch of molasses. A fairly light and discreet nose.
– A tar and cherry mix, particularly in the backend. Low acidy, but high on the power-y tannins. There’s a solid linger, but it doesn’t leave you in wonderment.
Overall: Worthy. The Jacob’s Creek is a sold wine for the price. We’d say that it could even stack up to many $12 to $17 wines we’ve had.
Salmon Creek 2010 Merlot – $6
– A solid red with a brown tinge near the edges.
– A mixture of simple sugars and plum fill the nose. There’s a smudge of metal vat that comes across when the wine opens when warmed to room temperature.
– A little sweeter, but not overwhelmingly so. There’s a syrup, cherry, apricot and levy soupçon that’s interesting for the price range here. Not much of a linger. t will leave you quickly.
Overall: Worthy. Salmon Creek continues to impress us. These aren’t your standard two-buck-chuck. They’re not up there, so to speak, but they have no distinct aura of cheapness to them either. They will hold up well to most dishes and serve as a great, every evening, wine for whenever.