Cooper & Thief 2016 Red Wine Blend

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Cooper & Thief 2016 Red Wine BlendRed blend from California. Full bodied with a very dark complexion. Very strong berry notes and flowery aromas. Semi-sweet on the tongue and quite jammy with a hint of vanilla. Smoky, oaky and mild tannins. 16% ABV. Price: $10.98.

Hecula 2015 Monastrell

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Hecula 2015 MonastrellRed wine from Spain made of 100% monastrell. Medium bodied. Strong, flowery aromas of cherry and blackberry. Cherry and peppery, with a hint of oak and touch of vanilla on the tongue. Slightly bitter. Somewhat dry and rather tannic. Smooth finish. This is a good wine to sit back and relax with, perhaps with some finger foods. 14% ABV. Price: $9.99.

Tandem Gilles Troullier 2016 Red Wine

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Tandem 2016 Red WineRed blend of Syrah and Grenache from France. Full bodied, deep red complexion. Blackberry, cherry and chocolate on the nose. Mixed berries, with blackberry, cherry, a hint of chocolate and tobacco in the mouth. Dry with lots of tannins. Price: $14.99.

DWR-163 – Taking a Break From the Winestream – and Why

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This is the one hundred sixty-third episode of the live winestream. This one is different. I have no wine. I explain why and when it may return. I also have a giveaway offer, if you respond by June 30th, 2022.

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Cantine Povero Monferrato Dolcetto 2017

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Monferrato-Dolcetto-2017Red wine from Italy. Full bodied, dark complexion. Flowery aromas of cherry and violet. Very fruity with a mix of berry flavors. Low tannins. Smooth, velvety texture. Overall a surprisingly pleasant wine to drink. 13% ABV. Price: $8.99.

Lafage Tessellae 2014 GSM

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Lafage Tesselae 2014 GSMRed blend from France with a mix of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Full bodied, Nice color. Really nice bouquet of cherry and blackberry. Cherry, blackberry, plum, spice and a little peppery in the mouth. A little earthy. Fresh, tart and perky with light acidity. Medium tannins. Nice, smooth finish. 14.5% ABV. Price: $9.99.

Rivetti Massimo 2015 Garasin

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Rivetti Massiom Garasin 2016Red blend from Italy with a mix of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Full bodied, Dark complexion. Cherry on the nose. Strong cherry flavor in the mouth. Some acidity. Medium tannins. Dry with a fruity finish. Good dessert or party wine. 13.5% ABV. Price: $19.99.