Review Ropiteau Pinot Noir

Ropiteau Pinot Noir

Good Booze – Nice French Pinot –

At a great price, this wine from a French winery founded in 1848 is a perfect example of why owning a carafe or wine decanter pays off. Here’s a very nice little Pinot from France in a very attractive bottle that offers great color, with balanced, smooth, rich berry flavors if you follow our advice. We tasted this one three ways and the last was the winner. Pour it into a decanter, wait a bit and enjoy. Imagine a little Paris Bistro and all those classic dishes. Bon! Ropiteau makes several upscale Pinots at $40+ as well, by the way, so be sure to grab the right one off the shelf. Cheers!

The Facts

Ropiteau Pinot Noir “Les Plants Nobles”

Price Paid – $8.99 (Mix 6) $9.99 regular

Date Reviewed – 2/14/18

Where Purchased – Total Wines SF Bay Area

Varietal or Type – Pinot Noir

Vintage Year – 2016

Appellation – France

Winery/Brand – Ropiteau Feres

Bottle Size – 750 ML

Alcohol – “11% -14%” as listed on label

Cork? – Artifical

Pour it and taste –

– Reg. Red Wine Glass: Berry aroma. Berry and cherry flavors. Good color. Rich in the mouth. A bare hint of tannins on the finish.

– Plus 5 Minutes in the glass: Berry aroma. Subtle berry flavor with some bit of leather. Smooth finish.

Decanter –

– Medium Pinot Noir Wine Glass: Berry and cherry aromas. Soft berry flavors. Balanced. Very smooth.

Overall – Patience is rewarded. Hold in a decanter/carafe for 20-30 minutes and enjoy a smooth, French-style Pinot Noir. Easy to enjoy.

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Kirkland Irish Cream

Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur

Staff Wine Review –

Good Booze. Great Value Great Drink

Not only is this an amazing value, but it’s better than the “name brand”, Bailey’s. Whether cold from the refrigerator or used in a classic cocktail, this offering from Costco Kirkland shone brightly. The flavors of chocolate, caramel, and cream were well-balanced with the Irish whiskey within. So smooth and silky, you may put this back on your list of after-dinner treats. Great drink, terrific value. BTW they say it keeps for a year in your fridge. Grab one.

The Facts

Kirkland Irish Cream Liqueur

Price Paid –  $14.99 ($6.47 per 750 ML equivalent)

Date Reviewed – 10/15/17

Where Purchased – Costco SF Bay Area

Type – Irish Cream Liqueur

Aged? N/A

Country of Origin/Region – Ireland

Brand – Kirkland/Misa

Bottle Size – 1.75 L

Proof/Alcohol – 17%

Take a shot neat – Smooth, Nutty. Lingering finish. Notes of cream, caramel, and chocolate, finally a well-balanced taste of smooth Irish whiskey.

Rocks – Even better.

Simple Cocktail – The Mudslide. Result: Nutty, creamy, chocolate, very balanced and smooth.

1 oz Vodka, 1 oz Kaluha, 1 oz Irish Cream. Pour into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.

Compared to – Bailey’s. This is much smoother, less harsh and more balanced than Bailey’s.

Overall – Very nice. If you haven’t tried this sort of drink in some time, this may be worth your time. Smooth and wildly better than the name brand, Bailey’s.

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Gnarly Red 1924 Limited Edition Double Black Red

Gnarly Head 1924 Limited Edition Double Black Red Wine

Staff Wine Review –

Good Booze. Great Red

Gnarly Head puts out some nice value priced reds. This is one of them. Give It the aerator drill if you are in a hurry, but enjoy it after 30 minutes or more in a decanter/carafe. Worth every minute. Great price for a juicy berry red, if you have the patience. A  poster wine for “Good Cheap Red”.

The Facts

Gnarly Head 1924 Limited Edition Double Black Red Wine

Price Paid – $9.99

Date Reviewed – 10/15/17

Where Purchased – BevMo SF Bay Area

Varietal or Type – Red Wine Blend

Vintage Year – 2015

Appellation – California

Winery/Brand – Gnarly Head Wines

Bottle Size – 750 ML

Alcohol – 15%

Cork? – Composition

Pour it and taste – Bright red deep color. Berry aromas. Spicy berry flavors. Small tannins Nice finish.

Aerator – Berry aroma with juicy berry flavors. Tannins receded

Decanter – Jammy nose. Lots of fruit. No tannins.

Overall – Nice enjoyable wine. Berries and no tannins after time in the decanter.

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