Now halfway through the membership, I have had six bottles delivered since late December, but have only tried four of them so far. I stored a San Valencia Pinot Noir from Chile and a Dream Catcher Malbec from Argentina (with a lovely Toulouse-Lautrec-inspired label) in my wine cabinet. I'd like to have a selection on offer for entertaining. The literature accompanying the wine suggests that the Pinot Noir would pair well with "crispy duck pancakes."
The wine label on the Real Compania Tempranillo by the brand Bodegas Muriel from Spain was also lovely, decorated with crowns in the regal hue of purple. This wine I received at the end of January was well-rounded with a long finish.
The French Merlot, the Marquis de Bataille Merlot, was my favorite Merlot I've ever had the opportunity to taste. It smells fruitier than it tastes, like how I would expect a Merlot to taste, but the taste is well-rounded instead. It is still a medium-bodied wine but is the fullest-bodied Merlot I've ever tasted, almost like the Chianti that I'm accustomed to. This wine from February is a beautiful red color. I am pleased to be making a note of it here, so I can try to find it again to serve at parties.
I will be sure to review the remaining bottles in the membership. It has given me the opportunity to sample more than my go to Chianti. Even though I am a very picky individual and would usually opt to choose items for myself, I don't know if I can let this fantastic gift end anytime soon! How could I let it run out until after I move closer to a wine shop I adore?