Rex-Goliath Shiraz (2015)

Sometimes I just can’t pass up a sale.  This already cheap bottle of red was on sale not too long ago for a bargain basement price.   I hadn’t tried the Rex-Goliath Shiraz in about 5 years, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Vineyard:  Rex-Goliath
Varietal:  Shiraz
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  California
Price:  $6.49

Notes:  This dark, opaque purplish wine had an interesting if fairly gentle bouquet including what seemed like butterscotch, minerals, dark fruit and wood.  Acidity was pretty high and alcohol was 13.5%.  Weight on the tongue was on the light side of medium.  I found flavors of plum, pepper, oak, a hint of raisin and a lingering dark currant on the finish.  It was a little bitter for me, so I didn’t think it a very good wine for sipping on it’s own.

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Rex-Goliath Pinot Noir

I have to admit that the first time I saw a Rex-Goliath wine, I was curious about the reason for naming a wine label after a big rooster.  After reading at the winery’s website that HRM Rex-Goliath was billed as the “World’s Largest Rooster” in a Texas circus at the turn of the 20th century, I was confused.  Texas?  A giant chicken?  Circus?  What do they have to do with a winery in California?

But their website goes on to say, “Our wines are a tribute to Rex’s larger-than-life personality, with bold, fruit-forward flavors that are sure to please. In essence, Rex is all about letting BOLD fruit flavors express themselves in an easy-to-drink, worry-free fashion. Bold Wines. Fun Times.”  Oh …  I suppose I see now.

Winemaker:  Rex-Goliath
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  America
Price:  $5.49 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The color of this non-vintage Pinot Noir was a medium garnet.  On the nose I caught whiffs of oak, earth, red plum, and pepper.  It was medium-bodied with bright but not racy acidity and medium tannins.  The tannins were pretty aggressive in attack and long in duration, but they did settle some with time to breathe.  Alcohol was at 12.5%.  Flavors I tasted were cola, sweet plum, lots of pepper and oak, and a green herbal note on the finish.  This was an unusually feisty selection for a Pinot Noir and a surprisingly interesting bottle of wine for the price.  Yes, I would call this a good value.

Rex-Goliath Moscato (c. 2013)

It seems to me that Moscato/Muscat wines have recently enjoyed a surge in popularity in the United States.  I’m not claiming this is an absolute fact based on market data.  This is an anecdotal observation based on what I have seen in my local stores.  Even so, the fact that Rex-Goliath has recently added Moscato to their line-up – this one imported from Argentina – may lend some credence to my opinion.  Since it was new to me and new to the market at large, I thought I’d give it a try.

Winemaker:  Rex-Goliath
Varietal:  Moscato
Wine:  Moscato Argentina
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  Argentina
Price:  $8.99

Notes:  This is not a shy, restrained Moscato by any means.  Perhaps the only thing light about this wine is it’s color, which is a pale chartreuse in the glass.  On the nose I smelled lavish scents of honey and peach with floral notes.  Acidity was moderately high, lending the wine a very light effervescence when it hit the tongue.  It was a medium-bodied white with plenty of viscosity.  Flavors I perceived included an intense core of sweet dried apricot, some star fruit, floral notes, white pepper, and grass.  The dried apricot revisits on the long finish.  I was surprised to see that alcohol is at 11.5% because it definitely comes across as a sweet wine.  For me this wine would be too sweet and substantive for an apéritif.  I’d serve this as a dessert wine with fresh berries or perhaps a lightly sweet nutty cookie – hazelnut or almond.  This Moscato is a little ham-fisted, but that’s OK.  Sometimes you want subtlety and complexity.  Other times you just want a flavorful beverage to cap off a hearty meal.  This wine fits in the latter category.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Rex-Goliath Shiraz (2010)

I’m still in the throes of moving into my new digs here at Oenophilogical.  Interesting what you discover in the process of moving.  This is another non-vintage selection from an inexpensive California wine house.  As this was an NV pick, you will want to know that it was bought and drunk (and originally posted at Blogarhythms) in September of 2010.
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Here is a fun non-vintage Shiraz from California.

Vineyard:     Rex-Goliath
Varietal:       Shiraz
Vintage:       NV
Appellation: California
Price:          $6.99

Notes:  Nice medium-bodied non-vintage selection from HRM Rex-Goliath.  Some may be turned away by the image of a giant 47 pound cock on the label, but that shouldn’t stop anyone.  After all, it’s free range!  [Yes, that was my attempt at humor.]  I found the wine pleasant with dark currant and ripe strawberry flavors, a hint of licorice, and pepper near the finish.  It has modest tannins which lend it just enough structure to hold up well to many kinds of cuisine.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Rex-Goliath Merlot

Originally posted 10/23/2010 at Blogarhythms.
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Here is another non-vintage red from California by Rex-Goliath – their Merlot.

Vineyard:     Rex-Goliath
Varietal:       Merlot
Vintage:       NV
Appellation: California
Price:          $8.99

Notes:  Another nice medium-bodied non-vintage selection from HRM Rex-Goliath.  I found this wine packed full of cherry and raspberry flavor along with some hints of coffee near the finish.  It  has light tannins that give it some structure and will allow it to pair well with food.   At 13.5% alcohol, this is a dry wine that for many won’t taste like a very dry wine because of the fruit-forward flavors.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.