MAN Vintners Pinotage

Man Vintners Pinotage 2010

We have tasted and enjoyed (but not reviewed) earlier vintages of this South African Pinotage, so we had high hopes for the 2010. Unfortunately, it falls a bit short. Though the smokey, almost rustic, flavor so typical of Pinotage is on full display, the fruit tastes stewed—dangerously approaching sweetness. It is, nevertheless, a drinkable wine at a decent price. And it’s true to the variety. It deserves a star.

Goats do Roam Red Wine

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The Goats do Roam moniker is either a clever play on the fabled French wine region, or a corny one whose significance will be lost on most of its target consumers. We approached it with an open mind. The initial nose is a bit sour, almost cheesy. Then leather, toasted (nearly burnt) oak, and white pepper. There’s a not-quite-ripe blueberry core. The nose is marginal, but the palate sinks this one. It’s sour and hot, with clunky tannins and a sweet finish. These are flaws we would accept in a $3 or $4 wine, but not a $7 one. This Rhône-style blend consists mostly of Syrah, with smaller amounts of Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Carignan.