2011 Borsao Berola Red

2011 Borsao Berola is a blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Campo de Borja, Northern Spain.  It’s sweet and jammy with a bit of spice, coffee and tannin, finishing with an almost medicinal bitter quality that stays in the mouth for awhile.  Overall it’s a bit thin but pleasant enough.  Not bad for sub $20 bottle of wine but nothing exceptional.

2014 Milziade Antano White Label Montefalco Rosso

2014 Milziade Antano White Label Montefalco Rosso is 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot aged 30 months in French oak casks.  This is from Umbria, Italy.  It’s very sweet berry fruit forward, with moderate spice and leather and a tannin rich dry finish.  The longer it sits the more a mellowness comes out.  I’m seeing this between $15 and $20, at the lower end it’s an amazing value, at the top end just fair.

Black’s Station 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Black’s Station 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a red from Central Valley, CA.  The nose is big on the fruit, namely currants and cherry.   The flavor is similar, very fruity with some tobacco and spice and a moderate amount of dryness on the finish.  It’s decent, and from what I’ve noticed this is a sub #$10 bottle of wine, making it a good value.  The cork pushed right into the bottle when opening.

Faustino V Reserva Rioja 2009

Faustino V Reserva Rioja 2009 is a Spanish blend of Tempranillo and Mazuelo.  The overall character is quite dry with strong leathery tobacco notes, some chocolate, and strong sour cherry coming up through the finish.  As it decanted the dry, leathery taste seemed to come out stronger. This kind of palate is a nice spot for me, and at $20 a bottle it’s a good value.  Really recommended.

Dark Horse Big Red Blend

Dark Horse Big Red Blend, (Modesto, CA) is a blend of of Malbec, Rubired, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Merlot.  The dominant, and overwhelming flavor is sweet grape and black currant juice / jam.  This seems to be a fairly cheap wine, one I’ve had for so long I don’t remember what I paid for it or if it was a gift.   I can’t really recommend Dark Horse, the overly one note sweetness didn’t sit well, I couldn’t even finish a bottle.  Anecdotally, the difference between a sub $10 wine and $10-$20 wine is massive.

Heroes Reserva Especial Red Blend

Heroes Reserva Especial Red Blend 2014 is a blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc and Merlot from Valle del Maipo, Chile.  For around $15 it’s a decent blend, with heavy notes of tobacco and spice and a dry finish.  The price point makes it serviceable table wine but I’ve had better for less and way better for around the same price.  Nothing memorable here but but decent, maybe a 5 out of 10 if I had to give a rating.

Hob Nob Wicked Red Blend

Hob Nob Wicked Red is a blend of Gernache, Merlot, Cab Sauv, and Pinot Noir from the Languedoc region of Southern France.   Hob Nob is quite dry and very sweet jam fruit forward.  Also present is a good amount of oakiness.  It’s very drinkable and smooth and a good value wine under$15, making it ideal to drink but also in the range where you may cook with it.  Easily recommended.