Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My First Wine Review
For the first time, I am going to give the JOESHICO WINE REVIEW. I have been researching hundreds of wine blogs and 90% are reviewing wines. Many of them are in line with many of the "so called" wine experts. Don't get me wrong, I love the info they give, and it's a terrific starting point for the novice wine drinker, but 98% of wine drinkers are not connoisseurs, they just love wine. I am nowhere near a connoisseur, but for 35 years I just love wine and I think it's time to let you novices (like me) hear or see a review by another novice (like you).
As I do this, I am enjoying a Travaglini Gattinara Vendemmia 2001. I had a 2003 in my rack,
last week, but my daughter used the whole bottle for one of her beef recipes. The "beef bourguignon julia child" was one of the best stews I ever had, but my wine was gone. She used the whole bottle. I had to find another and I did. It was a 2001, at $26. (great buy)
"Gattinara" is from the Nebbiolo grape and produced in an area North of Vercelli and has distinct differences to other Nebbiolo wines. (Barolo and Barbaresco). It has a softer texture and a bitter almond taste on the finish.
The color is a deep garnet red. The aroma comes at you immediately at opening. There is some Barolo like tobacco notes and dried fruits. It's very full bodied and tannic and the finish is like "WOW" and "WOW" (long and pleasant).
I found this at a "Mom & Pop" local shop for $26. Could have probably done better at the price at a large warehouse, but I don't care. It is truly worth the $26. At least a 93 in my opinion, but I am not paid the big bucks to give an opinion. Take it from a novice: "great buy"