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Cheap Red Wine

Name: Cheap Red Wine
Type: Red
Grape: Red Blend
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Vin Ordinaire, Ltd.

Price: $6.00

I’ve been meaning to try this for some time. The name is obviously a draw for me and the label looks like a brown paper bag. Even the name of the producer is mildly funny if you can read a bit of French. The kicker is that it’s not that bad. Doesn’t smell that great, a little weak and a little putrid. But the flavor is ok. Nothing fancy, as you’d expect, a little fruit and a short finish. It delivers on its promise.

Rosemount Shiraz Cabernet

Name: Rosemount Shiraz Cabernet
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Australia
Year: 2005
Producer: Rosemount Estate
Price: $9.99

Deep color and smells of blueberry. I think Rosemount tends to make very likable wines that are above average in quality for their price. This one is pretty “mass market” in terms of its characteristics. It smells and tastes fruity and smooth, which makes it very likable but not terribly interesting. It also lacks the heartiness that I would expect from Shiraz and Cabernet.

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Toro

Name: Toro
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Spain
Year: 2006
Producer: R.E.
Price: $8.99

This is a Spanish wine and I can’t figure out by the label what kind it is. It has a deep purple color and has the pungent aroma of a very ripe grape. It’s full of flavor as well, with a hint of smoothness before a burst of fruit and tannins and spice all mixed together. The finish lingers for a bit, but not too long. As you can tell, I like it, but it’s a powerful tasting wine so be warned of that.

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Biagio

Name: Biagio
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Italy
Year: 2003
Producer: Castellani SPA
Price: $11.99

A pretty cheap Super Tuscan, this red blend contains 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a luscious, sweet berry aroma and a brick red color, at least that’s what it looks like in this light. The flavor has enough fruit to get by but is dominated by some notable tannins that carry through for a long-ish finish. I think it needs to be paired with food, something Italian with meatballs, to be properly enjoyed. The punch is potent for casual sipping.

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Mattie’s Perch Cab Shiraz

Name: Mattie’s Perch Cab Shiraz
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Australia
Year: 2005
Producer: Mattie’s Perch
Price: $5.99

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Shiraz and the label has a Koala bear and the advice to try it with “beef or lamb on the barbie.” Very authentic indeed. Smells like stewed berries and it has a surprising flavor. It starts sweet and bursts with blackberry and raspberry flavors, quickly turning very tart until the mild finish. I’m not in love with it but it is definitely interesting for a $6 bottle.

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Borgonero

Name: Borgonero
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Italy
Year: 2001
Producer: Borgo Scopeto S.R.I.
Price: $12.99

I got this wine from the bargain bin marked down from $21.99. It is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and it is considered a Super Tuscan, which accounts for the price that is normally out of my range. It has a potent aroma and a flavor that starts very fruity and ends very tart. This is my first Super Tuscan and I’ll keep trying them but I’m not a huge fan yet. I do like
Italian wines so I’ll stay on the case. The tartness at the end makes this wine seem quite light on the palate because you usually don’t find that kind of tartness in a red wine, usually it’s found in white wines. As I made my way through the bottle the flavor grew on me but it’s still not worth the original asking price in my opinion.

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Monastrell / 4

Name: Monastrell / 4
Type: Red
Grape: Monastrell
Origin: Spain
Year: non-vintage
Producer: Bullas-Espana
Price: $10.99

You know when you have a surgery and they put the gas mask on you right before you go under? That’s what this wine smells like. The flavor is smooth, fruity and generally uneventful until the end. The finish starts with a spicy zing and then quickly disappears. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.

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Sweet Walter Red

Name: Sweet Walter Red
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: U.S. – New York

Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Bully Hill Vineyards
Price: $12.68

Bought this one on the way back from a camping trip at a new gourmet wine shop in Lincoln, NH. The guy at the register warned me that it is a very sweet wine and he was right. It is probably the sweetest red wine I’ve ever tasted. It smells strongly of Concord grapes and the flavor is uncomplicated, basically like very sweet grape juice. It is pitched as a dessert wine and I suppose it is but it lacks the dense, syrupy character that many dessert wines have. It’s not really a true dessert wine but it isn’t priced like one either, which I think makes it attractive.

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Our Daily Red

Name: Our Daily Red
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2006
Producer: Nevada County Wine Guild
Price: $9.00

My father-in-law brought this bottle back from a camping trip in New Hampshire. It is a novelty. It’s the first low sulfite, organic wine I’ve ever had. It is a blend of grapes and they don’t say what they are on the bottle, I won’t even attempt to guess. It has a distinct purplish hue in the glass and the aroma is sweet, like ripe berries. The flavor is…unoffensive. It basically tastes like grape juice with a kick of tanginess on the short finish. I don’t dislike it, but it’s a very direct and uncomplicated wine.

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Condado das Vinhas

Name: Condado das Vinhas
Type: Red
Grape: Blend
Origin: Portugal
Year: 2004
Producer: Herdade Grande
Price: $8.49

This Portugese blend is from the Trincadeira, Aragones and Alfrocheiro grapes. Fairly obscure stuff. It’s ruby red with an aroma of leather and oak. It starts with a berry flavor but quickly moves on to a smooth but tannic finish that is medium in length. I find it to be a very nice red. It would be better with food but is enjoyable even on its own.

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