Bonus Blogging!

Usually on Fridays you just get my weekend round-up, but my reviews are piling up on me and I need to get them posted without overloading the blog with content. So since the round-up is short this week I thought I’d post a review too.

The wine was a Marimar 2004 Torres Family Vineyards Don Miguel Vineyards Pinot Noir. Whew, now that’s a mouthful of a name for a wine. Unfiltered and hailing from the Russian River Valley, the wine clocked in at 14% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure and cost us (gasp!) $39 from a club shipment.

On the nose I found smokey leather, cherries, and raspberries. I described the aroma as fresh, strong fruit in my notes with an earthy hint and a medicinal note. In the mouth I found sour red cherries and raspberries. The wine was tart and tannic.

Overall, this a bottle that could certainly lay down for much more time before you drink it. If I had any more, I’d sock it away for at least 3-4 years, it should develop nicely. Alas, $39 for a bottle of wine plus shipping is way out of my everyday wine budget these days, so we won’t be seeing another one of these. I also had to cancel my membership in this club as the prices kept rising and while I felt some of the wine were worth it, others were not, and I don’t like the 50% or so success rate on wines that all cost over $30.

Weekend Round-Up

Short this week, only two local stores that I am aware of are hosting tastings.

Arrowine, Arlington VA:

Tonight, 5:30-7:30, Spanish Selections from The Henry Group.

Tomorrow, two tastings. 1-4, all wines from October’s Spain special will be on the tasting bar and The Country Vintner will be pouring a selection of Italian wines.

Out of Site Wines, Vienna, VA:

Tonight: 5-8, dueling Chardonnay from Tolosa Vineyard in CA. Taste the oaked and unoaked versions.

Tomorrow: 1-4, 4 under $20 value wines from CA, WA, France and Spain.