Folie à Deux Winery Ménage à Trois Red Wine

Menage a Trois 2010

This blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Zinfandel is in what we would call the mass-market Australian style. In other words, bursting with jammy fruit, lacking discernible tannins, and packing noticeable sweetness (at just over 1% residual sugar, it’s technically off-dry). If you like this style, give the Ménage à Trois a swirl.

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.

Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Refosco

Trader Joes Refosco 2010

Trader Joe’s is probably best known for its infamous Two Buck Chuck, but it is also a great source of unusual varietals, which is certainly the case for this wine. Refosco hails from, and is mostly grown in, northeastern Italy, where it has a tendency to be high in tannins and acidity. (more…)

Borsao Garnacha

Borsao Garnacha 2010

Until now, the 2009 vintage of this wine was, at $5.99, the least expensive wine to receive a three-star rating from us. Despite inflation in nearly every other consumer sector over the last year, the 2010 vintage of the Borsao still sells for $5.99. And, we are pleased to report, it is every bit the bargain that the 2009 was. (more…)

Domain Guy Mousset Cuvee Reservee Rose

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This rose has a lovely salmon hue; however, it offers little beyond the pleasing color. The nose offers hints of strawberry shortcake and minerality, but the palate is rather fruitless, and for $8.99 we certainly expect more. Though not a horrible wine, there are better options at this price.