When I opened this wine before dinner I found it way too easy to drink. There’s an appealing lively acidity that makes you keep wanting another sip, and another. Then I remembered I had opened the bottle to review the wine, so here’s a description of what’s in the bottle:
How often do you open a wine and get just what you’re hoping for? For me, this was one of those times when I got what I had hoped for in a Sonoma chardonnay: a wine that has some fruitiness and plenty of minerality, along with a backbone of structure.
If you are like me, secretly crossing your fingers and hoping for a taste of Burgundy when you sip California pinot noirs, you will be rewarded here. Sip lightly for the first few minutes until the wine opens up in the glass and more red berry aromas blossom on the
In the glass, the wine’s pinkish red color and clear edges indicate that this California pinot noir has a touch of French style, too. An aroma of red berries flows into the flavors the palate, with some sharp bramble character too. Light tannins close the finish nicely. And the winemaker
Usual Wines is a direct to consumer brand that (currently) offers only online ordering, which, at first blush, is certainly a breath of fresh air in the traditionally behind-the-times wine industry. They offer single-serve wines in 187ml (6.3oz) bottles, the perfect size for an individual serving, especially for those trying
The wine is pale gold, and the aromas are floral and stone fruit, evoking white flowers with peaches, pears and nectarines. Surprisingly hefty body with honey and acidity on the palate and a longish finish during which that hint of honey returns. Drink with grilled hamburgers or fish. Very good:
Black cherry, red licorice, and leafy herbs come through on the nose. Raspberry and pomegranate lead up front, and cranberry joins on the mid-palate. Forest floor and a drop of soy add depth and power. Tannins are soft, acids bright, offering a wide array of food pairings. Drink with duck