Day 9 in the Wine Advent Calendar was a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Chile was where I learned to love wine, sampling the local selections when I lived there so long ago.
This Sauvignon Blanc was made from grapes from Chile’s Valle Central (Central Valley) and was crisp and acidic, with flavors of pineapple and nectarine. It had 12.5% ABV and was a very nice, dry white. One of my favorites!
My wine for Day 8 was a Merlot from Chile’s Valle Central region. This is the only international wine region I’ve been to, so I knew I was in for a treat. Chile was where I learned to love wine, and they have so many good ones for affordable prices!
I don’t drink much Merlot, and I thought this one was relatively soft and fruit forward, despite the bottle description saying it was full bodied. I tasted black cherry and ripe raspberry, with medium tannins. It had 13% ABV, and it was delicious!
I love Rose – I was excited to see a rose included in my wine advent calendar!
Unfortunately, this was not the dry rose I have come to love. This California rose was more reminiscent of the syrupy, overly sweet White Zinfandels that were a staple of the 1980s. Honestly, I drank this one very slowly, and had a hard time finishing it.
The description on the bottle was of strawberry and juicy watermelon, which seemed accurate, but it was like drinking a runny, strawberry syrup.
You can’t win them all – it still looked pretty in it’s picture!
Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t my favorite grape. Or maybe the grape is fine, but it’s what most winemakers do with the grape. I’ve found that so many Cabernet Sauvignons are aged in heavy oak, and the wine leaves you feeling like you just chewed on a 2×4…
So I wasn’t that excited to find this little bottle, but I was pleasantly surprised! This Cabernet wasn’t over-oaked, and had nice flavors of black cherry and tobacco.
At 13% ABV it was a fairly light Cab, and one I would certainly drink again.
Immediately upon opening, we were met with bold, rich, berry flavors. We both loved it! Zinfandel is often a robust wine and this one was no different. It is a fairly heavy hitter at 14% ABV, but the balance of the fruit flavors and a light oak made this easy to sip.
My mother, as my most loyal reader, pointed out that I must not have liked the advent calendar’s day 2 wine… The Shiraz… Cardboard? I mean, I didn’t like it at first, but thankfully it opened up after 20 minutes or so and redeemed itself!
Unlike Day 2, Day 3’s Pinot Grigio was delicious right from the first sip. Golden delicious apple flavors at first, finishing with a tart lemon on the finish. Both Tiffany and I really enjoyed it – a definite crowd pleaser!
It was 12.5% ABV and a product of Italy, from the Terre Siciliane region.