In the glass, the wine pours ruby red. On the nose, there are aromas of dark cherry, purple plums, earth, oak and spice. On the palate, there's a powerful fruit-forward berry-burst in the mouth with the same earth, oak and spiciness. It lingers long with a smooth finish, soft tannins and balanced acidity.
This is an unoaked-style Chardonnay with a small amount of Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc blended in. The color is straw yellow in the glass with aromas of grass, pineapple and minerals. It is smooth on the palate with a slightly acidic finish.
Confidencial Reserva Tinto Red is a full-bodied red blend wine from Portugal. It's also a great buy currently at $6.99 at Costco and just a few dollars more at other wine retailers.
It's a well-structured wine that pours deep red in the glass. The grapes creating this blend are Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tinta Roriz. Touriga Nacional is a low yielding grape used in port wine. But over the last few years, this versatile grape has been used to create complex Portuguese wine blends.
Shannon Ridge Winery lies in the lesser known California wine region of Lake County. Located north of Napa Valley, the wines produced in the Lake County AVA are influenced by its high elevation, volcanic soils rich with minerals, and by Clear Lake which is California's largest inland body of water. This wine region has over 30 wineries with over 9,000 acres of vineyards.
The 2015 (13% alc./$10.00) starts with an intense dark red in the glass. There are strong aromas of ripe purple plum and dark cherry, with tastes of black licorice (which gives it a slightly medicinal taste), cherries and ripe strawberries. The tastes become more complex and smoother as the wine opens.