Big Reds, Gary's Vivino's, Tastings

Tiny Bits of Red, Part 1

Vivino bills itself as “the world’s most popular wine community” and with 29 million users (a tad more than our own VinoDuo) the app makes a strong case for its claim. I’ve been a Vivino customer and contributing reviewer for a few years now. Its most valuable offering is a “facial” recognition feature–shoot a picture of a label and Vivino shoots back everything you need to know about that wine, from provenance to price. So when you’re in a wine shop wondering if the bottle’s worth the price or what the consensus is on taste profile, the Vivino app is truly a Godsend.

My Vivino reviews are short and sweet, (based on a simple 1 to 5 star rating) and red. Following is the first in a series of some wines I heartily recommend to VinoDuo readers.

 barbarescoMoccagatta Basarin Barbaresco 2012
Average Vivino user rating — 3.8
Gary “wino 55” rating — 4.5
Average price: $55/bottle
“Perfect tobacco box and black fruit on the nose; finesse! Palate is strawberry, cherry pie with smooth tannins. This wine’s been underrated by many but it’s a solid 4.5 out of 5.”

Stags LeapStags’ Leap Merlot, Napa 2014
Average Vivino user rating — 4.0
Gary “wino 55” rating — 4.5
Average price: $30/bottle
“Very old world style with dry cherries and chalk on the nose and currant/blueberry/sour cherries on the palate. Nice long finish but I’d stick with their Cabernet as it’s their standout.”

BordeauxClos des Menuts Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2014
Average Vivino user rating — 3.8
Gary “wino 55” rating — 4.0
Average price: $28/bottle
“Classic Bordeaux blend with good mineral backbone. Some graphite notes nicely integrated with cherry/plum stew. This wine likely needs more time in the cellar.”

 

 

 

 

 

Next up: Pinot, Priorat, and Port

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