Benjamin Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2013

We are excited to try a new Malbec, 2013 Benjamin Nieto Senetiner from Mendoza, Argentina, with a hanger steak on a nice crusty Calandra roll for dinner. As the splash of deep-hued purple color swirls around my glass, I detect a woodsy aroma mixed with plum. From the color and nose, I’m expecting a bold,Continue reading “Benjamin Nieto Senetiner Malbec 2013”

Norton Malbec Reserva 2010

We pour Norton Malbec Reserva 2010 from Mendoza, Argentina and start sipping right away. The nose is pleasantly plum plus something I can’t quite identify. The taste is a tight concentration of fruit and I don’t detect any secondary flavors. The finish is somewhat bitter. At this point the wine hasn’t made a very goodContinue reading “Norton Malbec Reserva 2010”

Cryptic Red Wine 2011

With wine and desire anything is possible, says the mirror writing on the Cryptic Red Wine label. Like a little kid, I’m excited to look at the bottle in the mirror. I hope I’m as impressed with the wine as I am with the packaging. Cryptic is the latest brand (2012) from Purple Wine CompanyContinue reading “Cryptic Red Wine 2011”

Brazin Old Vine Zin

We enjoy the bold spiciness of Seven Deadly Zins and set out to find another wine in the same vein. Based on a few online reviews, we selected the 2010 Brazin (B) Old Vine Zin from Lodi, CA. The wine’s name is very descriptive of its personality. Brazin is brazen, a bold and unabashedly flavorfulContinue reading “Brazin Old Vine Zin”

Lan Rioja Reserva

Advertising for the upcoming Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival in NYC in May reminds me that we have a bottle of Lan Rioja Reserva in the cellar. Of the three major Spanish red varietals, Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Monastrell, our current favorite is Tempranillo. We usually keep a Rioja or Ribera del Duero on hand. TheContinue reading “Lan Rioja Reserva”

Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, this week’s TGIF wine

Finally it’s Friday and we’re feeling adventurous to try a new wine. We select a Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2011 that is sale priced at $12. The wine is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Corvina from Mendoza, Argentina. As the wine is aerating in the glass I catch an aromatic whiff from acrossContinue reading “Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, this week’s TGIF wine”

Coppola Black Label Claret

Coppola Claret is one of those everyday wines that is easy to find and attractively priced at about $15. We drink it often by default, when we aren’t in the mood for experimenting. It feels comfortable like sweatpants and slippers on a cold, wintry night. The wine is a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,Continue reading “Coppola Black Label Claret”

Seven Deadly Zins

Wines with unconventional names are pushing the boundaries in the shuffle for attention in a crowded marketplace. We have bought our share of bottles that made us laugh. Arrogant Frog, PromisQous, Purple Cowboy, and Il Bastardo were drinkable but mostly one-time buys. One cleverly named wine that we have been drinking fairly regularly is SevenContinue reading “Seven Deadly Zins”