Beringer Malbec 2012

Here is yet another U.S. label with a South American import among their offerings.  Given that Argentina is “the place” for Malbec, it certainly makes sense that a winemaker would choose the Mendoza region as their source.  Based on the fine print on the back of the label, this particular Beringer Malbec may have been made by the folks at Bodegas Trapiche.  Don’t know for certain, though.

Winemaker:  Beringer
Varietal:  Malbec
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Mendoza, Argentina
Price:  $12.49

Notes:  The color was a dark garnet.  On the nose I detected scents of dark fruit, rubber and a medicinal/chemical note.  Acidity was fine in this medium-bodied Malbec.  Tannins were also in the medium range with alcohol at 13.5%.  Flavors?  Well, I tasted plum, sweet blackberry, muffin, tea leaf, and what I would describe as bark from a tree branch.  Weird?  Well, some have said that about me, but I won’t apologize for my descriptors here:  it’s what I tasted.  I thought it was a very interesting selection and fairly enjoyable to drink.  I could see this making a return to my table sometime during the holidays.


Presswork Shiraz 2011

The Barossa Valley is well known as a major wine producing region in Australia.  It is particularly (but not exclusively) known for it’s production of red wines.  In fact, one of Australia’s most famous wines – Penfolds Grange – contains a large proportion of Barossa Shiraz.  With so much potential, then, I was keen to give this Presswork bottle a try.  After all, reading a label can give you plenty of information, but it can’t tell you what’s truly important — if you like this wine.  That only your taste buds can tell you.

Winemaker:  Presswork
Varietal: Shiraz
Vintage:  2011
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Australia
Price: $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The Presswork was a very deep ruby color in the glass.  In the bouquet I found scents of tangy berries, earth and a touch of cola.  Acidity was good, the body was light, and tannins were gentle.  Alcohol was at 13.8%.  Flavors I found included pepper, cherry, cola, some eucalyptus and a hint of chocolate cake on the finish.  Despite that chocolate cake (because who doesn’t like chocolate cake), I thought this Australian pleasant but lacking in body and overall oomph.

Simply Naked Unoaked Chardonnay 2012

I’m back!  Sorry, but my workaday job became work-a-nights and work-a-weekends, too.  While that hasn’t completely changed, I’m happy to say that it has eased a tad.  So I decided to use this opportunity to get a very quick post up.  And here it is!

Winemaker:  Simply Naked
Wine:  Unoaked Chardonnay
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  California
Price:  $8.47

Notes:  The color was pale yellow, and the  bouquet held scents of citrus and peach with hints of spice.  This unoaked Californian was light-bodied with good acidity.  Flavors I found included citrus, some peach, a touch of spice and a bitter chemical-like finish.  Overall, it struck me more like a Sauvignon Blanc than what I generally anticipate from a Chardonnay.  Admittedly, I’ve had only a few French Chardonnays.  Perhaps this Simply Naked is more in keeping with a European style?  At any rate, I can’t say that I was especially satisfied with this wine experience.  It was a perfectly potable beverage but not my glass of Chardonnay.