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Rex Goliath Shiraz

Posted in Shiraz on December 28, 2008 by Brad

logo_rex_goliath1The odd thing is Rex Goliath wines don’t seem to display their vintage. No year appears anywhere on the label or bottle. I’m not sure if that’s a bad sign or not, but I’ve had good luck with this label in the past. In fact on a recent cruise we took to Ensenada, our table mates picked their Pinot Noir for dinner one night. they had no idea they could grab this at their local Bel Air for $6 (as opposed to the $30 or so they shelled out). But there it was on sale at Bel Air this week for $5.99 (regular 8-9 I think). To be fair, they didn’t have the Pinot, but they did have the Shiraz and the Cab.

So… what is the difference between a shiraz and a syrah anyhow? Is this like sherbet and sorbet?

Rex is out of Woodbridge California… adjoining my home town of Lodi.  I don’t remember this winery, but a) I didn’t hang out at a lot of wineries  in high school and b) wineries have been springing up around Lodi in the last 5 years like pimples at a Jonas Brothers concert.

First the smell: plummy, dark fruits.  Maybe a touch of cherry.  Very pleasant.

The taste is very smooth. Full of berries, but mellow, not overpowering. I think most Shiraz I’ve had tend to be a pretty peppery and I like that. But this one is light in that department (despite what the label says)… still it is quite good.  No oak and finishes nice and slow.  I would eat this with a good steak or a burger, maybe a nice sharp cheese.  It’s a good winter wine.

For $8-10 it is a good value.  Solid wine that drinks very well, though it probably won’t blow you away.  It could be a staple for having with company.  For $5.99 it is an every day steal.  I bought 4 bottles.

**** (4 stars)


Wine #1 Charles Shaw Shiraz 2007

Posted in Shiraz on August 23, 2008 by Brad
our inaugural wine

our inaugural wine

Kicking of this review site with a modest selection….  $1.99 at Trader Joes.

I started my forray into wines with the Charles Shaw Cabernet, back when it first made such a splash as “2 Buck Chuck” at Trader Joes.  Not because I liked it so much (it was ok) but because I started to realize there were quite a few wines Traders offered that were damn cheap!  So for that I will thank them.  I’ve never tried their Shiraz though… until now.

So I take a swig.
Cherries.  Sour cherries.  And a little bitter and acidic.  Kinda like I ate a bowl of cherries and threw up.
Ok not quite that bad… but it was an “off” kind of sour for me, and very overpowering.  Just a bit of wood flavor cutting through.  And oops… it’s gone.  Like ghost.  Quick finish.
The flavors mellowed after letting it sit for a bit.   I won’t be buying this one again.
Rating: **

Now some reviews of the same wine from a couple of my friends…

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