Review:’s Food-Friendly Wine Sampler, 2012

Review:’s Food-Friendly Wine Sampler, 2012

We’ve written about several times before. Recently the company sent us one of its mixed samplers, designed (as the name may imply) to be consumed with food. Which I did. Thoughts on each follow. (All bottles are sub-$20 retail.)

2011 Lake Chalice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – Extremely tropical. Lots of acid to back up that fruitiness. Refreshing, but powerful — a bit much for most food, in my opinion. B+

2008 Urraca Mendoza Chardonnay – Pear-heavy, but not too fruity. More buttery than the tasting notes let on, but with grassy notes on the finish. B+

2009 Lucas & Lewellen Santa Barbara County Chenin Blanc – Very aromatic, some tropical notes, but overloaded with perfume and rose petal character. Interesting but the least enchanting of the whites. B-

2010 Il Cuore “The Heart” Mendocino County Barbera – Very extracted, ultra fruity, and not at all like Italian Barbera. More like a Zin or an Aussie Shiraz. C-

2009 Stickybeak California Syrah- Big, bright fruit. Powerful, but balanced with a big enough body to support it. Nice cherry notes, touches of wood and smoke. A-

2009 Penley Estate “Condor” Coonawarra Red Blend – Smoky, with massive cherry notes that, unfortunately, are reminiscent of cough syrup. B-

$30 for six 1.7-oz. mini bottles

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

1 Comment

  1. jeanie link on December 20, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I received the samplers for a gift. Now I want to order two bottles for $25.00. The promo code is FF94763. the wines I want to order are Dry Creek sauvignon blanc (2010)and Urraca cabernet sauvignon(2008) Jeanie Link,

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