It’s not often that I find wines that I truly cannot stomach, but once in a while it happens. In this list I will also recommend an alternative for each. Again this is only in my opinion, but if I can help save you from wasting calories and money I will!
2005, Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California - $40
Vibrant ruby colored. The nose was very restrictive and never really opened up. Palate reflects the traditional blackberry, cherry, and other dark fruits. Tannins are still a bit intense. Hopefully with age it will improve, but I doubt it will impact it that much. This is a very average wine at best. Very disappointing for a winery of this stature.
ES – 82 WS – 85
Alternative to Ridge Santa Cruz: Justin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California - $25
2005, Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France - $20
To sight this was a very translucent and unspectacular. The nose had a slight amount of red berry and spice, but also exhibited the smell of a plastic grocery bag. The palate was similar to a cherry jolly rancher, but was very short lived. It was very thin and watery, with a drying sensation towards the end.
ES – 81 WS – 84
Alternative to Faiveley: Joseph Drouhin Laforet, Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France - $18
2007, Fleur de California, Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California - $15
Like the Faiveley, light and unspectacular. Cherry and berries on the nose and palate, but not much else. It had a very boring and short palate.
ES – 80 WS – 82
Alternative to Fleur: Greg Norman Estates, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbera, California - $15
2007, Evodia, Old Vine Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain - $10 (as mentioned in an earlier post)
The pigment is a beautiful dark purple/almost black, but that is where the exuberance ended. The nose of this wine was very disjointed with hints of wet stone/cinder block and an unusual cherry dominating with the traditional influence of spice and black pepper certainly evident. The palate took on sour cherry, spice, and oak. Contrary to other reviews that I read after, I found there to be some sharpness to this wine. This seems to be a polarizing wine.
ES – 84 WA - 88
Alternative to Evodia: Chateau Pesquie Quintessence, Côtes du Ventoux, Rhône, France - $19
All wines named in this post are available at the NH Liquor store off of Exit 6 (behind the Nashua Mall)