Category Archives for "Wines I Dislike"

Mar 07

Marques de Vitoria Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain

By Louise | 2001 , Red Wine , Rioja , Spain , Wines I Dislike

Marques de Vitoria Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain

I bought this at the airport in Madrid when I had some Euros left to spend.  I picked it because I thought 2001 was a good year for Spanish wines and so went with this wine.  It has a really strong nose (or smell).  There are strong woody (slightly oaky) smells mixed with red currants, and  there’s a sharp acidic tinge to the red currants smell. 

In the mouth, it has high tanin with high acid.  I find the wine almost too sour!  There is also a bitter finish to it that I dislike.  I can barely taste the fruit.

According to wine-searcher.com, average prices for this wine is $24, but it looks like it’s mostly foreign websites that sell it.

Dec 04

Lunacy 2007 Chardonnay from Monterey County, California

By Louise | 2007 , California , Monterey County , White Wine , Wines I Dislike

photo(15)Not sure when I picked up this bottle of wine, but it’s from very close to where my parents live (lucky them!).  The bottle label design is also rather interesting along with its name.  On to the liquid in the bottle:

The wine definitely smells like a buttery California chardonnay, although it has a slightly minerally and metallic tinge to it.  I’ve liked a few California chardonnays before but this one just doesn’t do it for me.  It tastes very minerally and almost a little bitter.  It also tastes quite acidic to me.  A thumbs down unfortunately.

Nov 28

Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2007 from Marlborough, New Zealand

By Louise | 2007 , New Zealand , Sauvignon Blanc , White Wine , Wines I Dislike

The smell of this wine took me back to New Zealand – grassy and minerally. I could almost picture myself standing on the side of a green grassy hill in the midst of ten thousand grazing sheep breathing in that fresh NZ air! It was probably the perfect smell for a NZ wine. Unfortunately, the taste did not compliment the smell. My first thought upon tasting the wine was SOUR! I guess it was akin to biting into an unripe apple. Luckily the sour taste wasn’t strong and didn’t linger in the mouth. I’m sure some people might enjoy the taste of this wine, but not me. In fact, the 2007 vintage score 91 points on Wine Enthusiast (a wine magazine that rates wines out of 100 points) so some people must like it! Cost and where to buy: $12.99 for the 2009 vintage at PJ Wines. I think I had bought the 2007 vintage a while back, and so they only have the 2009 vintage in stock now.

Here’s a brief bit of background on Sauvignon Blancs. Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety traditionally grown in Bordeaux, France. In the 1990s, Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand (especially from the Marlborough region) started to dominate the international wine market, and for a while, they were hailed as the world’s best Sauvignon Blancs. Many critics loved the intense new flavors that were created by planting Old World (i.e. European) vines in the New World (anywhere outside of Europe). Unfortunately, I’m not such a fan!

Nov 17

Cavit Pinot Grigio 2008 from Trentino, Italy

By Louise | 2008 , Italy , Pinot Grigio , White Wine , Wines I Dislike

I apologize if I offend anyone with this post, but the review had to be done. As you can see from the photo, it’s a 1.5liter bottle, and it’s mostly full still. This monster is not getting finished tonight!

This wine smells a lot better than it tastes. When I first smell it, I’m reminded of crisp autumn apples. After a couple of whiffs, a slight floral undertone also emerges. But despite the wine’s alluring fruity smell, its taste is most definitely not fruity. This is what I would consider a very bad (to my palate) dry white wine. There’s absolutely no flavor to it except an acrid bitterness that taints your mouth even after the swallow. After five sips, I’m ready to be done. Thank god tomorrow is a reisling day! In fact, I will open my favorite reisling just for the occasion! I should have stuck with the original plan I had for this wine, which was to make it into sangria. If you still want to buy the wine after reading all that (maybe for sangria?) then you can find it at Astor Wine and Spirits for $13.99 (for a 1.5L bottle!).