Wine Review: 2015 Malbec, Black Box

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I keep thinking that wine from Argentina should be better than it is.

I mean, this Malbec from Black Box isn’t bad. To the contrary, it’s far better than the previous bottle of Argentinean wine that I bought, but it’s not particularly special either. I wouldn’t walk a mile for a Camel if you know what I mean.

It’s a solid glass of “ok”.  Xavier and I enjoyed it while binge watching Supernatural.

A little tangy, a little fruity, pleasant finish, woody but not overtly oak. You could certainly do worse for the price. On the other hand, you could also do better.

Wine Review: 2015 Sea Of Stones Red Wine Blend, Layer Cake

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“Somebody’s poisoned the water hole…”

Confirming the theory that grapes don’t grow well in salt water and rocks, this Sea Of Stones Red Blend from Layer Cake is unfortunate to say the least.

Easily one of the worst wines I’ve encountered.

They say conflict occurs when expectations don’t match reality.

I wanted to like it. I expected to like it. I was fully prepared to like it.

Xavier said it tasted like a mix of Day and NyQuil.

I guess that’s one way to put it but first, let me ask a question. How do you know when sour cream has gone sour? I mean, it’s already sour so how do you know when it’s past it’s prime?

There was something off about this wine.  It smelled off. It tasted off. How do you know when fermented grapes have started cultivating something funky?

Now, to be fair, their own website claims that the Red Blend smells like pencil lead, the problem is that it tastes like pencil lead too.

This bottle, and $15, went down the drain.

I don’t know if the Sea Of Stones Red Wine Blend is just not a good ensemble or if I got a bad bottle but, in any case, I doubt I will be brave enough to try it again.


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Wine Review: Malbec, Menage A Trois

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Should you have wine with breakfast?

Absolutely, but only if breakfast is served at 8:30 at night.

Trust me, nothing goes better with cheesy eggs and a baked potato than a nice glass of Argentinian red wine.

This was actually the 2nd Malbec wine that we tried but the first one wasn’t very good so, for now at least, it shall remain nameless.

In case you didn’t know, regardless of the specific winemaker’s locale, almost all Malbec is sourced from grapes grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina.

Anyway, as I was saying, the first Malbec we sampled was mediocre and I wanted to try a different one so I decided to give Manage A Trois a chance, figuring that if anyone could get it right it would be them.

Looking for a red wine that won’t punch you in the throat? Menage A Trois is your huckleberry.

In my opinion, the signature quality of all Menage A Trois red wine is an almost magical soft and velvety finish.

Their Malbec shares in the unique complexities and spicy quality that Malbec wine is known for but it finishes by rolling out a velvet hall runner.

In other words, we loved it!

A brief word of caution though.  It is very easy to keep pouring another glass but, despite it’s incredible drink-ability, this is wine is potent!

Slow down and enjoy, don’t give yourself a bad morning.

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