September 25 – October 1: Week in a Glass

I’m a bit late this week. We had a busy weekend including our niece’s Sweet Sixteen on Sunday and I never got around to turning my tasting notes into a post. This coming weekend we’re thinking of heading a bit south for our second visit to Suarez and first to Sloop which is perfect considering this past week was a week of wine.

Wine Tasting Notes

All of the wines we tasted this week were from Winc and all three were selected because I liked the label. Sometimes that’s how I pick. If there’s not a style I’m dying to try or an old favorite available I like to look and pick labels that match my mood or the season. Admit it, you’ve picked a bottle based on the label, too. If not, I hope these labels will inspire you to take a risk and grab a bottle solely for its looks.

2015 Wall of Sound Red Blend

 

Appearance: Medium to deep ruby with medium viscosity.

Nose: I thought it was medium-low but Kris said high so I’m putting both things here because either I had a cold or Kris is super sensitive. I got red berries, tart ones. Kris added prune and plum. I also got some spice, possibly baking but I wasn’t willing to commit to that. The tasting notes from the produce include savory spice so I’m saying I was right. Kris didn’t get anything particularly spicy but we both got some earth.

Taste: Off dry (we were spot on here), medium/medium-low acidity. Low tannin. 14.2% ABV. We said medium/medium light on the body but the wine is described as full. We need to work on this one. I don’t know what we expect but we always rate the body way too low.

Finish: Not too long, not too complex.

The wine is a blend of Syrah and Malbec but also has Grenache, Alicante Bouche, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre.

We paired it with this chickpea eggplant curry over brown rice. I have to say, I was expecting more. It was okay, don’t get me wrong. But I wanted something bolder. This would be an excellent base to Sangria.

2016 Funk Zone Rosé

2015 Funk Zone Rosé Appearance: Pale/medium pink. We couldn’t agree on the viscosity but my guess is Kris was more on point with his medium low.

Nose: Delightful! Tart red berry, pink starburst (seriously… especially as it warmed up) and strawberry. Kris also got peach.

Taste: I said off-dry but the tasting notes say dry and looking back, I remember going back and forth. Medium/medium-low acidity. Low tannin (no, really) and an ABV of 11.8% Light/medium light body.

Finish: Soft.

The wine 87% Grenache, 13% Syrah.

We paired this with a simple cold board: cheese, veggies, hummus. Absolutely loved it and cannot wait to grab another bottle. It was light and tart and fruity and the soft finish absolutely sealed the deal. This wine is vegan, too, for those of you who don’t consume animal products.

2016 Cocomero Rose

 

I don’t have full tasting notes on the Cocomero because we brought it out with us. And I’m not one for taking notes when I’m at a restaurant.

There’s a great pizza spot in North B. that we absolutely love. A few weeks ago I realized we hadn’t been since before field work term (the local college runs on trimesters, including a field work term when the students go off to work. when the college is closed down for FWT the pizza shop closes, too.) We were deciding on what to get when the owner walked by and said, “We have a special!” How could we resist? Roasted pumpkin, local sausage, goat cheese, caramelized onion and cinnamon. It was as good as it sounds (and look at that photo!!). We were thinking about the Rosie and the owner also mentioned that they do half and half. Sold! The Rosie has smoked mozzarella, prosciutto, caramelized onion and mushrooms.

But what about the wine? Is that what you’re wondering? It was not very good. It wasn’t particularly bad. It just wasn’t anything to write home about or drink again. But the pizza? The pizza was incredible.

 

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