Sister Creek Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay

sister-creek-vineyards-chardonnay_drunk-housekeepingTexas Hill Country Wine

Wine Region: Texas Hill Country

Wine Type: Chardonnay

Price: $13.29

Rating: 6 out of 10 stars

Notes: Acidic, Acidic, Acidic, Sweet Lemon

 

K: It tastes like butter and lemon. More of a Meyer lemon taste though, sweeter and not too tart. I also like the nose.

C: It’s a sweet smell. The taste is more acidic of course, but it’s also sweet.

K: It’s not drastically different from Becker’s Chardonnay but its a lot more extreme. It has all the same flavors just stronger.

C: Having tasted this one, i think we should call the Becker Chardonnay a mellow Chard. The attack on this one is a lot stronger. I think that’s the difference. The acidity really leads and it’s kind of overwhelming.

K: Yeah, i think it has a lot of similar notes to the Becker Chardonnay but its just so exaggerated that it’s not a wine for everyone. I think it tastes really good. It is definitely not a wine that i would drink more than one bottle of. You won’t be able to handle more than that.

C: Yeah, my palate is blown. Two bottles would be painful. It say s it tastes of pineapples on the bottle, but the only way i would agree is that its as strong on the palate as a pineapple.

K: Yeah, my mouth does taste like i ate pineapple.

C: It also says it tastes like butterscotch.

K: I could see that, on the finish.

 

Becker Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay

becker-vineyards-chardonnay_drunk-housekeepingTexas Hill Country Wine

Wine Region: Texas Hill Country

Wine Type: Chardonnay

Price: $12

Rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Notes: Acidic, Butter, Herbs, balanced

 

K: This chardonnay is very good.

C: Its very classic. The balance of acidity and buttery undertones is perfect.

K: It’s also not too sweet or too dry. It’s really nice. I’m so glad you picked this wine for your wedding. I really like the herbaceous quality of this wine.

C: Yeah, its not exactly grassy, because that implies a very light green taste. Its got more depth than that. More like a thyme or rosemary undertone.

K: It’s perfectly balanced, nothing stands out too much.

B: It’s plain, it’s like vanilla ice cream, i want to add Sprite to it to make it a punch. It just tastes like wine.

K: I don’t believe that’s an insult for a Chardonnay. If you said that about a merlot, i wouldn’t drink it.

C: I could drink a whole bottle easily. Sometimes chardonnays can become a chore to finish, but this is so easy to drink.

K: You’ve bought cases of that and there’s never a problem drinking it. It’s very universal. It tastes great in hot weather and in cold. Although, i gotta say if it was $2 cheaper it would get another star.

C: I probably wouldn’t buy ever buy another Chardonnay if it was $2 cheaper.  As it is, i’ve only got 3 bottles left. And i’m looking forward to every single one.

K: Yeah, it would be a have-on-hand wine.

Becker Vineyards Iconoclast Fascination 2011

Texas Hill Country Wine

Wine Region: Texas Hill Country

Wine Type: Red Blend*

Price: $9.79

Rating: 5 out of 10 stars

Notes: Smooth wood, dark berry, pepper, medium-bodied

C: It’s quite a bit thicker than the wine we’ve had tonight. I’d say its a medium bodied mixed red.

B: Tastes like jalapenos.

K: It tastes a bit woody, but not barrely. What’s that fruity taste?

C: The woody taste is very mellow. The fruit is maybe a stone fruit, something dark. Blackberry is closer than cherry.  It’s something on the berry scale.

K: Maybe a mix of blackberry and currant. The aftertaste has a bit of a pucker to it, its mostly tannic.

C:  I definitely taste pepper in there, between the wood and the fruit.

K: It’s white pepper, sort of a bitter ash? It’s not bad, i would drink it but i don’t know if i would seek it out. Its not my favorite of the Iconoclast line.

C: It’s a good red and its got a decent body to it. I prefer it to the Chianti we tried tonight.

*As per usual, Becker’s Fascination line provides absolutely no information about what went into this bottle in terms of origins or taste. It literally says (i’m including the alignment here)

“A sensuous blend of our finest red varietals.

Share our fascination,

with wine,

with love,

with life!”

Sadly, we hadn’t drunk enough to be distracted by what should have been useful information but was instead something we might say after, oh another 2 bottles of wine.

 

Cecchi Chianti 2010

Wine Review

Wine Region: Italy

Wine Type: Chianti

Price: $6.93

Rating: 6 out of 10 stars

Notes: Cherry, Tobacco, Acidic,

C: Whoo, the nose is buttery and the intial taste is not! It’s very tart.

K: The butter is the second thing you taste, I like it because its a stronger tobacco flavor than it is leathery and tannin. It’s a weird varietal and i like it. It’s got unusual tastes, which i enjoy.

C: Yeah, its definitely a wine you have to pay attention to though, the tastes are really defined. And though as a whole, the taste is odd (tart tobacco anyone?) the individual flavors are tasty on each step.

K: Apparently, it has an intense flavor of violets?

C: Wait, violets smell like butter? That’s all i’m getting.

B: If there was a mixture of medicine and prunes for the elderly, this is what it would taste like.

(And then he pours himself another glass)

K: So why are you still drinking it?!

B: I didn’t say i didn’t like it!

K: I hope you’re transcribing our bickering.

C: I can’t type that fast.

Quinto Sauvignon Blanc 2012

quinto-savignon-blanc_drunk-housekeepingWine Review

Wine Region: Valle de Uco – Tupungato* (Argentina)

Wine Type: Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $19.94

Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Notes: Dry, Cut Green Grass, Pineapple, Edgy

K: This was my favorite of this month’s wine tastings at Spec’s. Its strongly acidic without being bitter. Its very clean and there’s a note of tropical fruit – pineapple maybe – that’s not sweet, it’s delicious and dry.

C: It’s really exceedingly clean, and it doesn’t have much of a nose. It is very bright. Lots of acidity and intensity.

K: It would be great in the jam-wine. Opposite something like a marmalade where the sweetness of the marmalade would offset the dry acidity.

K: As it warms up its less acidic and slightly sweeter. You can taste the minerality more too.

C: And that citrus is really taking over. I think i liked it colder, it was really restrained. I also taste a tiny bit of asparagus.

K: Its really nice to taste a wine that’s that clean and acidic without the sulfur odor that we identify as cat pee. Although i would never pair it with an acidic fruit like pineapple or kiwi, that could give you a real stomach ache.

K: Its a bit pricey at $20 though. It’s a solid wine for when you’re interested in splurging. I love the label too.

C: Yeah, it conveys a South American sensibility with a minimum of elements. Very elegant.

K: A little bit of gold, a little bit of a loose script, and a refined petroglyph.

* Valley de Uco is a viticultural region southwest of Mendoza, in Argentina. Situated along the Tunuyán River, the Uco Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina. It’s got a poor calcerous soil, an extended growing season, and meltwater from the Andean peaks. These all combine to create highly developed wines with a great deal of clarity and minerality.

Shiner Ruby Redbird

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Beer Region: Texas

Beer Type: Fruit with Lager

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Temperature Resistance: High

Flavors:  Grapefruit, Wheat, Ginger, Hops

Price: $6.39 for a six-pack at Specs

 

K: It’s got grapefruit in it!

C: Ooooooo, this is great.

K: The grapefruit flavor is great, it really lingers. Long after a sip!

C: The ginger clears some space on the palate for the sweeter grapefruit, but i wouldn’t say it totally overwhelms the whole flavor.

K: Now that its been out for an hour, you can really taste the ginger. I really love it, it has a ginger beer taste to it (but without that bite) and i’ll be buying it again.

C: I read some other online reviews and some people are saying that the grapefruit overwhelms the beer. I don’t think that it really tastes like a fruit beer.

K: Its not like a lambic, or a prune beer. It reminds me of a lighter version of the Abita Strawberry. The levels of fruitiness in it would be enough for my mom to really enjoy it and for my dad to dislike it immediately.

C: It’s not cloying or overly sweet, but it is still a beer that will probably make more serious beer drinkers develop a twitch. Judging from other online reviews, serious beer drinkers did not like it. Mainly because it doesn’t taste like beer.

*79 degrees is the ideal temperature for light beers. We noticed that as it warmed, the grapefruit became less intense and the ginger really opened up. The taste of the hops develops towards room temperature but remained very smooth.

Becker Vineyards Iconoclast Cab 2011

Texas Hill Country Wine

Wine Region: Texas

Wine Type:  Merlot

Price: $8.69

Notes:  Black Currant, Jammy, Smooth

K: Mmm, i like that. Its really good.

C: Smoooooth. Very dark and fruity.

K: Black currant, totally. It even smells like currants, which is really pleasing. I would describe it as light-bodied. Its a good summer Texas wine. I can’t imagine it would make you sweat.

C: I like it, but it seems a little off balance to me, too much fruit and not enough tannins to even it out.

B: There’s like 10 fruits going on. I feel like I’m chasing the rainbow.

K: This wine would be good with a hard cheese like Manchego, and it would make great wine-jam.

Becker Texas Fume Blanc 2011

Wine Region: Texas

Wine Type: Fume Blanc*

Price: $10.99

Notes: Dry, Acidic, Lemon

K: It’s very citrusy. I don’t know if thats just me. (Kristen burned her tongue the day before our tasting)
C: No, its citrusy and acidic, like a Chardonnay.
K: Except it doesnt smell like cat piss.
C: It’s more lemony than grapefruity though. And becoming kind of buttery, but it’s dry. And there’s not a lot of sugar in the taste.
K: It’s a bit buttery with a soft mouthfeel, but still very acidic. I would call it rounded.
K: It’s light bodied, too. I do think that with this wine, it’s best chilled but not ice cold from the fridge. That way the flavors will actually blend.
B: If kids drank wine this is what they would drink. It’s like a Capri Sun. I could imagine drinking it at summer camp. It’s like alcoholic apple juice, with the smoothness of the apples.
K: It reminds me of a lemon bar. Tart, buttery, and sweet. In that order.

* So, Fume Blanc is really just a more marketable name for fermented Sauvignon Blanc. In this case, it’s one-fourth fermented in new barrels and three-fourths fermented in stainless steel.

Becker Vineyards Moscato 2011

becker-vineyards-moscato_drunk-housekeepingTexas Hill Country Wine

 

K: Not effervescent. It is more simple than the Sister Creek Muscat Cannelli. Different flavor notes. Its thicker and more syrupy. I can imagine it on a pancake.

C: I think the Frito’s we just ate to counteract that Spanish wine may be screwing with our taste buds. It doesn’t taste nearly as floral as the Sister Creek Muscat.

K: I get the sweetness but not the floral. It’s a lot like the Merlot, it hits the bases but doesn’t do more or less.

C: It is nice and sweet but i still dont taste that intense honeysuckle that we got from the Sister Creek Vineyards (another Texas hill country winery).

K: Honestly, if you need something sweet to go with a spicy dish, this is your guy. It’s just kind of a one-note.

C: If we hadn’t had that Sister Creek Muscat, we would probably think its great. I can definitely say it’s good. But I don’t know if it’s great. We’ve had better of this varietal from other Texas hill country vineyards.

B: If i was peeing in my great grandma’s bathroom and drinking a glass of wine, that is how this would taste.*

* To clarify: He means that his grandma’s bathroom smells like potpurri.

Wine obtained at Spec’s Liquors for $8.39.

El Sancho Escudero 400 Anniversary Red Wine

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Wine Region: Spain


Wine Type: “Red Wine”


Price: ??


Top Notes: #1 tangy metal & #2 citrus
C: What?! What is that taste? It tastes like juice? Like watered down juice? How do you get a red wine that tastes like orange juice?

K: It’s tangy. Thats what it is.

B: It tastes like rubbing alcohol! (We should note that he just ate 1/4th of a package of iced brownies.* So consider that opinion shot.)

K: It doesnt taste orangey, it tastes like lime. It has a citrus taste.

C: I’m not sure that a wine described as youthful and easy-to-drink is ever a good sign.

K: I am more concerned with the youthful description. Maybe they mean young? And it needs to sit a little longer?

K: I wonder if this wine would taste good with something sweetened with honey… maybe some baklava would offset the weird citrus taste?

K: It tastes like it was aged in metal. Certainly not wood, i’m guessing that’s what they mean by modern.

C: We will drink this whole bottle of wine. But i will not be willing to pay for this again. I would not ever pay for this.

K: This is not even as good as a box wine. It’s just pointless.

* He ate what was probably 3 servings in one sitting. It was disturbing.

Apologies to Mr. Solis. We are sure that he is infinitely more talented than this wine. We spent 30 minutes searching for this wine online but were unable to find any information. The vintner’s website seems to imply that they produce multiple wines from 2 facilities in Spain.