Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Red Diamond Chardonnay ($8.00)
If you are looking for a fruity but evenly balanced chardonnay for sipping on the porch in summer, Red Diamond is for you. Several weeks ago I posted about a Washington chardonnay (Snoquamie), and while that one received a lot more attention from me, the Red Diamond is pretty comparable as far as quality.
In regards to flavor, however, this wine is far more fruit forward. It has a nice balance of acidity, with a slightly creamy finish, and my only real complaint is that it has an overwhelming amount of apple notes.
While I usually prefer something a little drier, I would recommend this chardonnay for those who want to try an oaked chardonnay that doesn't have overwhelming oak flavor. It is perfect for those who like the fruitiness of a pinot grigio, but want something slightly heavier. All in all, I would buy this wine again for a relaxing night with my friends who prefer fruity whites.
Color- Straw yellow
Nose- oak, pineapple, pear
Taste- apple, pear, and vanilla
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I make it a point to never read the back of bottles before doing a review. I started as I always do, with my proper three sniffs. I always start with smelling the wine three times, and try to pick out a different layer of the nose each time. Then, I do the same with the flavor by sipping it three times. Upon each sip I picked out a piece of the flavour profile, and when I was done, three of the four pieces I said aloud (this is something I do whenever I'm tasting, sometimes saying the flavour aloud helps me find other depths) were articulated on the back of the bottle.
It is surprising because I never trust the back of the bottle, but in this case not only was it in agreement with my taste, but it was helpful. This is a light-bodied, moderately dry bubbly, just as the back label describes. What I enjoyed most about this wine is that it perfectly portrayed spring turning into summer. I experienced it all--the floral smell of a spring rain melted by the sweet warmth of the summer sun, and the delicate effervescence of the saltiness and fruitiness of an ocean breeze.
Color- light yellow, "champagne"
Nose- freshly cut grass, lemon, chamomile
Taste- green apple, lemon peel, sponge cake, and pear
My final assessment of this wine: for $6.99 if you want a delicately light wine you can do no better. If you need a nice summer wine for easy drinking on its own or to pair with light salads and fresh summer fruit, this is the perfect wine. I will definitely be trying Aldi wines again.