A Bad Week for Wine

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Pasternak Wine Imports.

I did not like this wine. At all. In one weekend I opened 6 bottles of wine and dumped 5 of them.  1 was corked, 1 was cooked, and 3 were just not good.  I pulled the 2007 Le Jaja de Jau Syrah from the sample pile. I popped it open, without much thought…it’s a Syrah, no thought required right? I started tasting it…I didn’t like it. So I read the label…it suggested serving the wine well chilled. By now, I’m going….really…you want me to chill a Syrah? Seriously? Being ever game when it comes to wine, I shrugged my shoulders and stuck it in the fridge…I thought maybe that would help it.  I’d suggest not chilling it.  It didn’t help…actually I think it hurt it even more.  I got sweet plums, sweet black berry, oak, vanilla, cream and licorice. In the mouth, I found the wine to be overly acidic and astringent with pomegranate, red fruit, and red cherries.  Chilling it didn’t help with the acidity or astringent flavors…it just muted the whole thing.  NMS.

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5 Responses

  1. We had a similar experience this week — was it a Full Moon for wine? We weren’t real keen on that particular wine as well. But we did like the Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc that Pasternak imports. Great Chilean White!

  2. I had the same experience last weekend! Four uninteresting and overpriced wines. Hope your next is a better one. Open some old reliables. I will say, a slight chill on big-fruity-heady Syrahs can be helpful in my experience. Doesn’t sound like much would have helped here.

  3. I had a similar experience at a wine tasting in Spain. The guide at the bodega served the red cold-not just chilled-and when I asked he replied it should be drank cool. OK – whatever – I decided to buy a couple of bottles to see what it really tasted like after unmasking the frost that inhibited any flavor or aromas to be revealed. Ouch or yuck in the words of my 6 year old. Not even good for cooking. Oh well there are plenty of other bottles of wine to try.

  4. Funny – I actually liked this one for what it was, an inexpensive table wine. None of my bottles were cooked or corked – sounds like shipping killed yours. 😦 I will agree though, the Los Vascos was the best of the bunch.

  5. Funny – I actually liked this one ror what it was, an inexpensive table wine. None of my bottles were cooked or corked – sounds like shipping killed yours. 😦 I will agree though, the Los Vascos was the best of the bunch.;

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