Dear friends and wine lovers,
Let me offer you this March 3rd 2019 report about some affordable wines from Chairman’s Selection.
I have included some excellent ones and some that I didn’t enjoy that much, but the joy of wine is in the variety and diversity. It makes things interesting.
I have included my rating and price at the bottom of every page.
I will love and embrace your comments since this is a very subjective matter.
Blackberry jam and orange marmalade with some peppery notes. Very fruity in the jam side, hinting ripe grapes.
I found it a good and expressive wine worth drinking.
Can you actually see the sun when you shallow this red with your eyes closed?
91 pts. W&S.
My rating: 89
Intense and with right acidity. Only light out-of-fashion resinous and honey aromas typical of many California Chardonnays. I barely detect any wood in it.
I like it, especially for the price (part of my rating).
And keep an eye on the Newest World of Washington State wines. Every year they get better and at better prices than their peer coastal states down South.
Jen, this one is made for you.
My rating: 91 pts.
Beautiful label and good referrals: 91 pts W&S, a Shiraz from the excellent region of McLaren Vale.
However, I found it bland and uninteresting. It took Sally and me 3 days to drink it. Good wine to help you reduce your daily intake.
My rating: 83 pts.
Usual light rosé wine from Southern France
Cheap wines sold here at a premium price due to the surge in demand during these last years.
Nice effort to recover an old varietal, though.
My rating: 85 pts.
Powerful aroma and very expressive attack. Very fruity! Cherries, blood orange, strawberries and some cocoa.
Smooth, mid acidity, dense and medium to full body. The fruit in mouth is saturating. Too much. I’d age it even more than the 12 months in oak it has to have it develop some more depth.
Cheaper relative of Infinito (see Special Report in the Website). Interesting wine.
I get the name and the horse in the label. Quite a daring proposition! In a more conservative mood I’d give it a label with fruits and lots of warm colors.
My rating: 90 pts.
Fresh and fruity aromas cassis, cherry, blueberry and blackberry.
In mouth it hits you with a needle of acidity, but it shows a pleasant evolution with flavors of blueberry cake.
The bouquet is thin, almost aqueous but shows some persistence.
A mix of grapes from the Columbia valley and one of the larger producers from that region (after the ubiquitous Chateau St. Michelle, indeed).
California, watch out, Washington State wines are coming!
My rating: 88
For a very long time in Chairman’s Selection. They either got a lot or the public has run tired of seeing it or think “nobody’s buying you, they got stuck with you”. But the truth is that I liked it the first time, and I loved it after 1 year of cellaring. It is out of stock but you may find some 2012 or 2013. Then age it as I did.
Very pleasant wine, really. Not a great one but very well crafted. Everything works well in this wine with nose of mature red fruits, solid structure, medium to full bodied, soft tannins, buttery as its long legs announce and with a bit of nice acidity.
Modern wine that seems to combine successfully an aim at the New World with Asti’s roots. I would not say that it is complex or that it has a deep bouquet, and I could perceive a bit of sweetness in the finish than what I like, but the wine was expressive, honest and round. Sally was impressed by it.
My rating: 90
Aromas of green and yellow apples, honeysuckle and fennel. The label says lychee and rose perfume with taste of melon.
We recently compared it in the 2nd Muniain / Williams wine tasting with a Worldwide renowned Trimbach and they were difficult to distinguish from one another!
Great quality for the price, but you have to like Gewurztraminer. Not everybody does.
My rating: 89
I am just paraphrasing Wine Enthusiast (I agreed):
Hidalgo may be based in Sherry but this foray into Rioja is a success. This warm-vintage wine is rich and ripe. Rich and dry with earthy, backed plum and blackberry aromas. Full drawing muscular palate along with lusty flavors of black cherry, blackberry and oak and many spices. Finishes full, lush and harmonious drink this tannic heavyweight trough 2018. 93 pts WE and #71 in WE Wines of the year.
My rating: 93 pts.
Yellow apple and peach aromas.
I noticed the shortbread, and maybe banana cake, in the finish.
Nice wine but my rating is far from the 91 pts. and Smart Buy from WS. There must be something wrong with my wine appreciation.
I really try to approach wines from South Africa without any prejudice, but I may just have been unlucky. Other than some 2015’s I seldom found one that made me say Wow!
Please, when you try it let me know who you think was right. And send me the name and year of a South African wine you loved.
My rating: 87 pts.
Floral (violets, carnation) and fruity (cherry and red fruits in general).