Borsao Tinto 2010

I found this plum and raspberry accented wine to be pretty delicious for such a young and low cost wine. It has a lot of very dry and sharp flavors. The wine is very good as a table wine with meals. I would buy it again considering you can get it for as little as $8-10. Made from Grenache grapes in Spain this is a decent selection.

A young but tasty wine.

A young but tasty wine.

Casajús 2006 Vendimia Seleccionada Tempranillo

As you may know I’m pretty biased towards Spanish reds. I found this wine to be a pretty tasty selection. It’s not my all time favorite by any means, but I really enjoyed the oaky aromas and exceptional dryness. I really like a dry wine. I know some have criticized this bottle for not being fruity enough, calling it flat, but it really was in my opinion a good example of what we expect from a Tempranillo. It’s a low acidity wine, it’s not supposed to be very fruity unless it’s blended. This wine was produced in Ribera del Duero and aged for three months in tank, six months in french and american oak with a 14% alcohol content. It should also mature with age and be highly drinkable throughout this decade. I enjoyed the solid cherry flavor and some of the earthy and medicinal tastes. The price was also very reasonable at about $20 USD at my local liquor store.

A great wine from Ribera del Duero.

A great wine from Ribera del Duero.

Roederer Estate Brut

This non-vintage sparkling wine comes in at about $20 when purchased locally. I really prefer a Brut to any other kind of sparkling wine or champagne. This particular sparkling wine really exemplifies the crisp dryness of a quality brut. While it’s not nearly as good as Veuve Clicquot, which is my all time favorite non-vintage bubbly, it’s a good choice for ballin on a budget as it’s simple, enjoyable and refreshing.

Like other other quality sparkling wines it’s blended with oak-aged reserve wines for one to three years. The grapes are grown in Anderson Valley. Look out for a rich bold flavor, very crisp, dry, spice, cinnamon and apple aromas.

A good non-vintage sparkling wine.

A good non-vintage sparkling wine.

The Glenrothes 1994 Vintage

I purchased this speyside single malt scotch for $71 US dollars at my local liquor store in 2012. The unconventional bottle caught my attention and I wanted to be adventurous so I gave this 18 year old drink a shot. Surprisingly I found this scotch whiskey to be very average in it’s class, nothing particularly special about it. Don’t get me wrong, it was great in terms of being a smooth finish and crisp dry. The aftertaste is pleasant and it’s a very gentle drink.

Beyond being a little bit cheaper than most 18 year old scotches, it was really unremarkable when compared with the other common scotches around this price point. If you want a good scotch and this is available, grab it. It will be a great scotch. However if you want to be adventurous, there is no adventure to be found here. The bottle is different, but the scotch isn’t.

A solid speyside single malt scotch, but nothing special within it's class.

A solid speyside single malt scotch, but nothing special within it's class.

Joel Gott 2009 Zinfandel

This inexpensive zinfandel will run you about $15. It’s not a bad choice for a dinner involving red meat, or if you just want some table wine. It’s not really remarkable, but I found it enjoyable. There is lots of taste of sweet cherries, plums and berries. I think there may be a hint of vanilla and it’s pretty warm. This wine is very soft on the palate and has a berry finish. It’s pretty dry for your average zin and it’s very drinkable. I don’t think I would buy it again, but it wasn’t bad.

An unremarkable zinfandel from California.

An unremarkable zinfandel from California.