Negroamaro

HB4116What a romantic, mysterious name for an equally romantic and mysterious wine.

A VINEBOX treat.

Deeply red, nearly opaque, I caught cherry/raspberry on the aroma, but couldn’t nail down anything specific on the palate.  Maybe my lack of experience, maybe I’m having an off night, but I got smooth fruit.  Not too tart, and full of body and flavor. A nice flavor, but it was all fruit to me.

HB4116As per accompanying infocard: “Negroamaro boasts baked raspberry, ripe plum, and spice-cabinet notes like anise and cinnamon.” 🤷🏾‍♀️ I’ll take their word for it.

Either way, I enjoyed it. I could buy a whole bottle and drink it with my lover, while staring into his eyes.  There was something seductive about the smoothness and ambiguousness of flavors.  Get you some at VINEBOX, my link gets you $10 off your first order!

A beautiful bouquet…

HB4116HB4116I rated this one ⭐⭐⭐/5.

Once upon a VINEBOX, I read the info cards and one told a tale of rose petals and fresh menthol. Completely puzzled, I unscrewed the cap and took a whiff.  Sure enough, the beautiful smell of rose filled my nostrils.  Always the classy lady, I poured this dark red vial into a glass and swirled some more, sniffing to my little hearts content.

When it came time to taste, the faint rose aroma gave way to a medium bodied, pruny delight that, as promised, finished with a hint of mint.  I found this to be a plot twist for the worst. I’m not a huge fan of mint in my food, but I read this wine would be amazing with a lamb dish.

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Tempranillo!

Be sure to roll them rrrrrrs!

This was a spicy one!  Quite earthy,  barely fruity, and hot.  It rolled on the tongue, and paired well with dinner, which featured spicy ground beef.  This is one that could do great a little cooler; I enjoyed it more after leaving my glass in the fridge for a bit.  Too cold, and it literally zaps your tongue and you can’t taste a thing. *take my word for it*

You guessed it, this was from Wine Insiders.

Petit Sirah, oooh la la!

Mmmmm, now this one, with it’s bold cherry flavors, hot vanilla finish, and velvety smoothness, has made me a fan!  This is what I expect from a full bodied wine. The flavor was great to enjoy alone or with food, and I just can’t get enough of that texture! I believe it comes from very well balanced tannins.

Petite Syrah is not like a “smaller” version of Syrah or Shiraz, but it’s actually a hybrid of Syrah and another grape, Peloursin, which is nearly extinct (source).

It’s nearly opaque, and quite dry, but that fruitiness gave up a mouthful! I’ve already ordered 6 more #noshame #sorrynotsorry

The King of Reds

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Black Fox Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon!

I totally get it!

I got this bottle from my Wine Insiders shipment…

I swirled my glass, smelling tons of juicy red fruits like cherry and berry.

The taste was way more complex than I’ve experienced so far.  The cherry was still there, but before the alcohol finished me off, I want to say I caught some kind of spice.

First, we paired it with dinner, cheese tortellini in red sauce with steak strips. It was great.

The next day, we nibbled it with dark chocolate.  Still a winner.

I’ve been having tons of fun retraining my palate for wine.  Even though it isn’t sweet at all, I can still taste the ✌️🏾fruitiness ✌️🏾 and complexity in this wine.  Needless to say, I really enjoyed it.

Wine pairing doesn’t have to be complicated at all. When dining out, let the waiter recommend something you’ll enjoy.  Remember that the flavors in wine can echo flavors in your meal, like roasted meat, and spices, but at the same time stand on their own with flavors of fruit, berry, or even vanilla.

My first red blend

 

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Geja’s Big Bold Red

Big. Bold. Red.

So far, I’m speechless.

Smooth, definitely bold, and hot.  I felt it right down to my stomach.  I can’t pin down the flavors, which is a typical issue with blends, but I want to say there’s definitely some cherry in here, and something else savory, maybe the oak or even leather.

I heard somewhere that its a huge no-no to chill your reds.  But, doing so won’t kill you.  It just makes you some sort of weirdo 🤡🤓😲 or something.  I enjoyed this room temperature.  And it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Wine Insiders definitely got it again!  So good I had to buy another!