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Wine To Go Buy This Week – New Year’s Edition -Domaine Carneros 2008 Le Reve Blanc de Blancs – 90 Points
Purple/ruby in color. The nose is nice with dusty cherries, raspberries and carob. On the palate, this has a nice acidity. Soft texture. Some complexity. Raspberry fruit with underlying dry earthiness. Good finish. Served to a group, this was quite a crowd pleaser among wine lover (not wine geeks). This should be pretty versatile with most foods. This retails for $25 which is a very nice value in California Merlot.
From a Can. Ruby in color with purple swirls. The nose has black cherries and some raspberries. On the palate, slight tannins. Black cherries. This drinks easy but tasty. Not a lot of depth but this is a very good California red wine. At $6, this will be great for parties.
This is a canned wine. Pretty color, sort of an electric salmon orange. Clear and bright. The nose has strawberries, kiwi and slight watermelons. On the palate, this is tart with rhubarb and cranberries. Refreshing. Easy drinking. For around $7 a can, this is a nice, fun wine.
This is from a Can. Unfortunately, while other wines from this producer can be recommended, this was was not. Of course, wine is subjective, so your mileage may vary. Light yellow gold in color. The nose has an asparagus note to it. With air, it gains a slight lemony quality. On the palate, it is dry and innocuous. There is a bit of acidity. This actually improved with air, but given that it is in a can, it is unclear how many drinkers would decant it or even pour it into a glass. It retails for $6 for a 375ml can.
This is a can of sparkling wine (12 oz). It is rose. It is lightly carbonated and the bubbles dissipate in the glass leaving a pretty orange/ruby wine. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with strawberries, slight raspberries and some rhubarb. On the palate, this is lightly sweet. Refreshing. Decent acidity. It is probably best on its own or at a party (rather than a formal dinner). It retails for $6 a can which is about the same as $12 per bottles. That is a fair price. Once one gets past the gimmick, this is a wine that many people will like. Certainly fun.
This is a high end Napa Cabernet. It needs some time, but it is quite good. The retail is $95, so certainly it is not within everyone's budget. Purple in color. The nose has cassis and chocolate. Also a bit of graphite. On the palate, those flavors carry through. The fruit is pretty ripe. Lots of black raspberry and plum fruit. Slight heat on the finish that I suspect will calm down with some bottle age. This should improve by a point or two with a few years in the cellar and be good for a decade after. Will work with heavier foods and on its own.
Purple in color. The nose has cherries, cassis, slight chocolate and spice. Those flavors continue to the palate. Light tannins. This is a tasty, easy drinking wine. A bit of acidity. Will work well on its own but also with medium or heavier foods. Good finish.