Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: *** $ Nosedive Red Blend, Mendocino, California, 2010 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mendocino reds.

By way of background, opening thoughts:  Retailer Trader Joe's manages to find some interesting wines ( in the states where it is allowed to retail wines). Today' "Nosedive" label is one of those, offered at a bargain price.  I cannot post a photo, but I encourage you to take a look at the label, which displays a prominent nose with wings, about to freestyle dive into a chalice.   Not the most appetizing label I've seen, but I have higher hopes for the wines.

Original tasting and review : This is Nosedive Red Blend, Mendocino, California, 2010, finished at 13.7% alcohol.

In the glass: Nosedive is deep magenta, with purple at the edges.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fruity plums and just a hint of depth.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and young, perhaps simpe.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fairly lush as a mid red fruit-driven wine, with definite ripe plums making their way through just-apparent tannins.  Sings as it moves to a slightly sandy, then bright fruity finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best value at its bargain price point.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mendocino reds.

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