Thirsty Thursday: 2009 Robledo Tempranillo & 2008 Robledo Sauvignon Blanc (via CA Wine Club)

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I was asked to review a couple of wines from the California Wine Club.

As a general rule, I’m not fond of “generic wine clubs”.

Let me clarify, specific vineyards or wineries…love their wine clubs.

Generic wine clubs…not so much.

Why? Because as a general rule, you get-what-you-get-and-don’t-throw-a-fit. This is a great philosophy when wines are $5.99 each…not when you are paying $25+. And I also dislike that it is hard to find the wine again in my local market. Often times wine clubs ship out wines that have very low production, so even if you do like it…you can’t find it again.

But, I’m an optimist.

So I agreed to review two wines from the California Wine Club…the 2009 Robledo Tempranillo and 2008 Robledo Sauvignon Blanc.

The 2009 Robledo Tempranillo was my favorite. It has a bold deep red color with heavy aromas of cranberry, cloves, and toasted oak. (Super yummy on a crisp fall day.) Luckily, it tasted similar to its smell with hints of berries, cedar and tobacco. And it ended with a small acidity (aka party in your mouth) and a long finish. While the wine club states that it could be cellared for a few more years, I really believe the wine was at its peak.

The 2008 Robledo Sauvignon Blanc was another story. I’m pretty picky with Sauvignon Blancs because they can have a strong mineral taste (think tongue on a battery) or floral taste (eating pansies) on the end. Unfortunately, that was my experience with this wine (and therefore it became a cooking wine). With that being said, some people may have enjoyed this Sauvignon Blanc because it was crisp and clean at the front…it just finished too floral for me.

So the question is…”Would I join the California Wine Club?” I’m not sure…the Tempranillo was slam-dunk and the Sauvignon Blanc was not. We’ll see next month as they send me another shipment.

This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a 2 month Membership to the California Wine Club for the purpose of this review.

Do you belong to any wine clubs? What is your best advice to make sure you get a good experience?

Thirsty Thursday is the quest to drink good, cheap wine that is $15.00 and under. Want some more recommendations? Check out the past cheap wine posts on Thirsty Thursday or use the Thirsty Thursday Wine List when creating your wine shopping list.

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