Hurray for airport wine bars! I saw a value reds wine flight at Vino Volo at Newark Airport and decided to review the Portuguese red on the flight. I took a sniff and smelled fruit soaked cardboard. Yes, it was corked! The bartender was impressed that I picked up on it and poured me another glass of course! Let’s try this again… Ripe raspberries and clove on the nose, not super complex but pleasant. Midpalate was a bit thin, some fruit came through but I wouldn’t call this a fruit bomb. A medium bodied wine that I’d pair with turkey or chicken… Smooth finish with a peppery aftertaste – paid $6 for a glass in the airport so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality!
Price = $16/bottle at the wine bar, $12/bottle online
Score = Double
90 Points Wine Spectator
I was excited about this one – a blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petite verdot. Loved the nose on this wine, smelled like pine, Craisins and sour cherries! But then I was a little disappointed. The mouthfeel was thin… this is definitely one of those wines that smells great but doesn’t quite live up to its nose. There was a bite on the finish, with lingering sour fruity notes.
Price = $13
Score = Single
90 points Wine Spectator
Dark fruit, licorice, spices and a bit of dirt on the nose. Juicy fruit and slight oaky taste, dry finish. Better than lots of tempranillo I have tried at the same price point… Very complex and lots of character! Would stand up well to a hearty, meaty meal. Try this wine if you like your wines oaky and fruit forward!
Price = $15
Score = Double
This is a bottle that has some muscle! It tasted like a pinot on steroids. Big, bold black cherry fruit and a smooth finish. Nutmeg and dried cherries on the nose. The midpalate was my favorite part, unique and chewy!
Price = $14
Score = Triple