Alibrianza Colle al Vento ‘Pacato’ Primitivo di Manduria

I was drawn to the bottle of ‘Pacato’ because of its sleek design and agreeable price. A $12 to $15 bottle of wine is acceptable even if it turns out being something I don’t necessarily enjoy. Not the case for this particular wine though. For the asking price, this was a bargain from the first glass.

When I pacatoopened the bottle, it smelled surprisingly fresh. Like a cherry or pear fresh from the tree. The first sip was pleasant. I got a good bit of dark cherries right away followed by some cocoa or dark chocolate. It was a little dry but not overly so and finished quickly with a bit of oak, leaving me ready for another sip. As expected, its legs fell immediately after swirling my glass.

After my first glass, I began to notice the tannins stuck around for a little longer than I would like, leaving me wanting something to cleanse my palate. Without any red meat or bread/crackers readily available, I opted for some mild cheddar cheese and it did the trick.

Palate cleanser at hand, I very much enjoyed the second glass. Half way through I noticed a slight change as the wine began to warm to room temperature. While still a little tannic, the latter half of each drink was a little velvety and ended with a little more oomph. A very muddled fruit taste lingered for several seconds before dissipating. Muddled may sound like a bad word. However, in this case it worked in the wine’s favor.

This bottle of ‘Pacato’ was an excellent wine for the price. I don’t see myself buying it again soon, but I will eventually. With a good flavor profile and a good balance between tannins and a swift finish, Pacato is worth trying at least once. I give it 6.5/10.

Chateau Les Tuileries Bordeaux

When opening  the bottle of Chateau Les Tuileries, I was not sure what to expect. Wines in the $12 price range can be hit or miss.

The firstchat les tuileries_1 thing I noticed was that it had legs to stretch. It was a solid three seconds before it came back to rest when I swirled my glass. The aroma was pleasing. Not sugary but still sweet like you would expect from a white wine you could drink on its own. The taste was light and smooth with nothing full about it; which was surprising with how long it took the legs to fall. It went down soft and finished with a hint of citrus or maybe apple. It was kind of hard to tell because of just how light it was.

After my first glass, I was left wanting more of the Bordeaux and more out of the Bordeaux. I decided to chill the bottle for my second glass and just like the first, it was simple and smooth. I sat for several minutes drinking and trying to come up with the right word for what I was tasting. Somewhere between watery and refreshing.

The Chateau Les Tuileries Bordeaux is a good wine. I could drink it while sitting around the house reading or with a pork roast that came out of the slow cooker. While refreshing and smooth, it has few notes and little to offer in way of flavor. It has earned a place in my collection but not something I will default to. A solid 6/10.