Coppola Red Label Zinfandel 2014

Price: $9.79 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Meh... average to good for the price. A medium nose carries strong candied red fruit with some baking spices... enjoyable. In the mouth, this is smooth but too sweet on the …

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Cline Lodi Zinfandel 2014

Price: $9.29 at Total Wine Style: The “Anna"  (a pleasant medium body with simple fruit flavors) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Our second Zinfandel of the month was a step down from the Zen of Zin, which kind of surprised me from Cline.  This bottle isn't  bad, but it isn't really good either. The medium …

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Piattelli Malbec Reserve 2014 – Argentina

Price: $8.97 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: This bottle definitely had more complex aromas than most of the Malbecs we've been tasting this month. When we first opened it there was a bit of barnyard (brett) that was actually a little unpleasant. However, with a bit of air, that …

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Finca Flichman Malbec Tupungato 2014 – Argentina

Price: $10.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Although subtle, this simple wine actually tastes like a value Malbec, rather than just a generic red blend. (Ironically enough, this one of the few bottles of the challenge that is actually a blend, rather than 100% Malbec.) The medium nose offers …

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Colores Del Sol Malbec – Argentina

Price: $8.29 at Total Wine Style: The “Anna” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Unfortunately, another unremarkable bottle in this month's challenge. I found this wine to be highly similar to the Luc Pirlet.... in fact I'm not sure I could tell them apart head-to-head. Just like the Luc, this one had essentially no aroma at …

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Luc Pirlet Classique Malbec – France

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Anna” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Smooth and easy drinking, but a really generic and muted profile. The nose was pretty much dead... I sniffed and sniffed and sniffed and got just nothing. Pretty much the same experience on the palate with a distinct lack of flavor except …

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Antisto Malbec 2013 – Cahors, France

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Mike” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review:  Well, we’re not off to a real strong start this month. Although by no means a bad wine, this certainly isn’t something I’d be excited to drink every day. Dark purple with a hint of ruby red, the medium strength nose opens with […]