14 wines to consider sipping for May, under $ 25
CLEVELAND, Ohio – This month’s reviews cover 14 wines from four countries and three vintages. We stick to our monthly price guidelines for any wine costing more than $ 25. We have flavor profiles of what we found in these bottles, which should be available on store shelves in Northeast Ohio. We offer you our favorite at the end. Feel free to email whatever you like or dislike.
Escudo Rojo Reserva
Escudo Rojo, Chili, Cabernet sauvignon, 2018, $ 17.99
Notes of spicy berries and cassis, this refined wine has nominal tannins for a Cab. The oak is very subtle; the wine is aged for six to eight months in one-year barrels. Good value for money. The line is a Chilean brand created by Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
Steele Pinot Blanc
Steele wines, Calfornia, Pinot Blanc, 2017, $ 20
Melon and peach meet here, but macerated fruit is front and center. Hard to find now – the vintage has been updated – but it’s a fine wine with a bit of butter and just a bit of acid at the end to keep it honest. Works with lighter dishes like salads and some cheeses. Think of Pinot Blanc as the little brother of Pinot Noir.
Trivento Reserve Malbec
Bodega Trivento, Mendoza, Argentina; Malbec, 2019, $ 10.99
Fresh cherry, black currant and a bit of smoke with an appropriate level of tannins – not too mellow, but they are there. Excellent stand-alone or good with meat dishes. Fantastic value. Official wine of Major League Soccer.
Trivento Maximum Red Blend
Bodega Trivento, Mendoza, Argentina; red mix, 2019, $ 10.99
Healthy tannins in this versatile food wine with a slight tangy quality. I went well with the smoked brisket. The blend is Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The red raspberry comes out in the final, excellent price. Official wine of Major League Soccer.
Zanon Petite Sirah
Zanon wines, California, Petite Sirah, 2018, $ 19.99
Tasty with a long finish, decent tannins and hints of blackberry and plum. Definitely more of a fine example of the grape, which can be too mellow, jammy and filling. Good sipper, at a reasonable price. Winemaker Scott Zanon is from Columbus, although the wine is from Dry Creek Valley in California.
Laetitia vineyard and cellar, California (Arroyo Grande Valley), 2019, $ 22
Lemon cream / lime pie on the palate. The citrus fruits are clean and avant-garde. I went well with baked chicken topped with cheese and breaded zucchini sticks. The oak is very balanced (aged 10 months).
Raeburn Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Raeburn’s Cave, Sonoma County, California; Chardonnay, 2019, $ 19.99
Balanced flavors here: the oak is there, but held in check. Enough acid to resist foods with hints of apple and lime. Reasonable price.
Here is a selection to consider:
brightcellars.com: A monthly club offers you wines after having answered a “quiz of the palate”.
cellarswineclub.com: Club allows you to choose the number of bottles you want.
splashwines.com: Choose an organized case or create your own.
winc.com: Four wines adapted to your tastes are shipped monthly. Has a review component.
wine.com: Large online sellers often offer discounts to new customers.
wineawesomeness.com: Organized expeditions of three and six bottles.
wineenthusiast.com: Complete site for wine accessories – racks, glasses, opener, storage, gifts, more.
wineonsale.com: Allows you to select by grape variety or region.
zachys.com: Includes a variety of search / buy methods, as well as auction information.
Mom’s time out
Mom’s Time Out Wines, Italy, Trebbiano, 2017, $ 11
This wine is composed of 85% Trebbiano and 15% Pinot Grigio. It has a simple touch of sweetness, audience enjoyment with peach and a little coconut on the finish. Could have been a bad wine gimmick. Instead, it’s a good deal at $ 11.
Pink Bread & Butter
Wines of bread and butter, Napa, California; Rose, 2019, $ 15.99
Strawberry of course with cantaloupe and a little orange. The grapes are Grenache and Barbera. Pleasant, nothing crazy, good patio taste. The rose should be considered a year round wine, although it does enjoy its time in the sun in warmer weather.
Pinot Noir Firesteed
Firesteed Cellars, Quincy, Washington; Pinot Noir, 2019, $ 16.99
The grapes come from Oregon, although the winery is from Washington. Strong tobacco notes with some light chocolate, some cherry and no tannins.
Jax Vineyards, Napa Valley, California; red mix, 2018, $ 19.99
Black ripe cherry, smoked with nutmeg and a little tobacco. Hearty wine to resist big meat dishes like beef stew.
Shooting Star Pinot Noir
Wines of shooting stars, California, Pinot Noir, 2017, $ 15
It’s good to see a reasonably priced California pinot noir that’s not your typical cherry punch. This hearty example of the grape has plum, raspberry, some milk chocolate and little tannins. Has just a little bit of acidity on the finish.
Pasqua, Italy, Garganega, 2018, $ 16
Some honey in the aroma and palate with floral and citrus notes, but not at all sweet. A really very dry wine, it tastes like a cross between a Chardonnay and a Dry Riesling. Food friendly; it pairs well with baked chicken coated in mustard and also pairs well with fish dishes. Reasonable price. the grape, Garganega, is almost exclusive to Italy, especially in the northeastern region of Veneto.
Elouan, Oregon, Pinot Noir, 2018, $ 21.99
For this wine, think cherry pie with nutmeg, and a little raspberry on the finish. Nominal tannins. A step forward from a typical West Coast Pinot. The grapes are native to Oregon, the wine is made in California.
Favorite of the month: Zanon Petite Sirah
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