Oeno Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Received from Plonk Wine Club: about $20 Oeno Cab Sauv 2012

Aaron:  Subtle cinnamon and dark fruits hid behind tall oaks on the nose.  This cab has a great mouth-feel with is full but not thick.  It’s tart enough to not seem like juice but is not unpleasant.  A bit more aging would do it justice to take away some of the sharpness and round out the flavors.  Definitely a smoking tobacco pipe flavor with some woods dominating any fruit notes.  While not my favorite I felt this wasn’t bad but more important, feel many trained wine nerds would like it.  87 points

Teri: Oeno makes a full flavored cab with medium tannins that are noticeable but sit nicely on the palate. The full, dark raspberry smell mirrors the fruit forward flavor on the wine that transitions into a finish of strawberries and oak. This bottle would pair well with ribs and skirt steak and stand up to a variety of flavorful dishes. Made in small quantities, this bottle is sure to go fast. 90 points


Kingston Family Vineyards Lucero Syrah 2010

Kingston Family Vineyards, $18Kingston Family Vineyards Lucero Syrah 2010 -Plonk Wine Club pick

Aaron: A fruity, cedar nose seemed dryer than expected.  Mild tannins don’t overwhelm the palate but made this very heavy.  The flavors were mostly bitter and a bit too mineral for me, but I really enjoy the “Biggness” of the great body.  The finish is smooth but leaves the mouth on fire with lingering spice.  88 points

Teri: Common with Chilean wines, this Syrah is bold and filled with earthy mineral and spice characteristics. A bold, spicy nose and smoky flavors make this wine quite unique and sits heavily on the taste buds. It’s not the favorite of my California-trained palate, but I value its uniqueness and characteristics. 86 points overall (83 for my personal preference)

Le Cantine Di Indie Vino Rosso del Popolo 2012 Langhe Rosso

photo 2_2_6Arrived with Plonk Wine of the Month Club

Aaron:  This smelled like dark mud … imagine a forest right after a heavy rain.  Black current and lots of tannins made this a bit chalky.  The flavor was decent but very dry … very dry.  89 points

Teri: This wine has a distinct strong alcoholic nose with medium strong tannins. Dark fruits, and minerals in the taste with strong pepper on the finish. The flavor was very tight with chalky tannins and a pepper finish that might pair well with strong foods, but it was overall too tight and needed more distinct qualities. 84 points

Domaine de Colette Regnie 2011

Domaine de Colette Regnie 2011Arrived with Plonk Wine Club shipment

Aaron:  The pleasant, floral nose featured vanilla-dotted rose petals, but overall this wine was way too sweet for me.  Juicy ripe berries blended with corn syrup making this too much for me to handle but probably easy for newbies to handle.  Overall I feel this needs for complexity; it’s better after about 30 minutes but still too sweet.  85 points

Teri: Medium bodied and somewhat of a muddied taste on the first few sips, this bottle does better with decanting. Made from Gamay, (a varietal I don’t know much about…or have experience much before) I didn’t know what to expect. I love the long finish of dark berries, raspberries, and oak. As characteristic of most French wines, this brings together a balanced blend of earthiness and good fruit. 88 points