Monday, October 31, 2011

Lab Red {Lisboa, Portugal}

Casa Santos Lima Lab Vinho Regional Lisboa rating {87pts}:
Uplifting attractive aromas of ripe blackberries, cassis and plums
with nuances of spice. Good complexity and structure.

a go to favorite
The price is right @$6.99
with a screw top {no wine snobs here}

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We recently mixed
Chocolate Lab wine with Blackberry Merlot wine
for a surprisingly delicious treat.

We are generally dry red wine drinkers but
this mixture was full of flavor and full bodied.
I wouldn't drink it with a meal but it was perfect
with hors d'oeuvres
on an autumn evening
with our friends
in their new garden house.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

left bank [south africa]

One of our new favorite wines is
Left Bank Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
bonus: sells for about $10

Do you ever wonder who writes these descriptions?
long brooding palate
an uplifted intensity
mineral gravely texture
powdery tannins
balanced explosion of cherry

winemaker's notes:
A full-bodied red wine with purple-red hues and good depth of color. Concentrated red berry fruits of dark cherries, plums and spicy fruit cake layers provide an uplifted intensity. The nose is clean and pure with layers of rich dense fruits. Oak provides a caramel/mocha complexity. The long brooding palate has an abundance of soft, round, juicy red berry fruits. The vibrant, sweet palate has aniseed spice and black pepper complexity with mineral gravely texture providing some dryness. Fine, soft, powdery tannins add structural focus and length.

critical acclaim:"This full-bodied red from Neil Ellis starts with aromas of cherry, coffee and plum, leading into a fruity but balanced explosion of cherry, anise, black pepper and tobacco. Structured but still juicy, the wine will improve with age."

90 PointsWine Enthusiast