Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review: ***+ $ Alazanis Valley Semi Sweet Red Wine, Kakheti, Georgia, 2006 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Alazanis Valley Semi Sweet Red Wine.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Hunh?  A Saperavi grape wine from Georgia?!  Yes, the country Georgia!  It is a semi-sweet red grape wine.

Original tasting and review : This is Alazanis Valley Semi Sweet Red Wine, Kakheti, Georgia, 2006, finished at a mere 12.% alcohol and first sampled eight years from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, opaque from a half inch of the edge, reminiscent of a bold Napa merlot.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows very shy but with deep earthen tones.  From the aroma, seems like this will be round and dry.  From the aroma alone, I'm surprised this is a sweet wine.  Let's see...

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bold, fruity, dark plums, with some tannic grit and just a very faint sheen of residual sugar.  The sugar comes across as almost a faint wash of sugar cane that quiets the hotter tannins.  Robust mouth-feel and a pleasing, clean, lasting finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an impressive three stars with a plus for balanced robustness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  This is a best value by far.  By my reckoning, may also be a good "crossover" wine to bring folks who only like sweet wines towards more balanced red blends.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Alazanis Valley Semi Sweet Red Wine.

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