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3 Sensual Reds For Your Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

As the Valentine’s day is getting closer, I want to succumb to the popular trend and offer you some wine recommendations for that special overcommercialized-pink-hearts-everywhere-please-buy-at-least-something holiday.

Any day is what we chose to make out of it – including the holidays. What I like about Valentine’s day is that if anything, it is a celebration of love – and that I support wholeheartedly.

Are there special wines which are better suited to celebrate love and romance? Of course, however, I don’t have in mind any wines with special aphrodisiac qualities, or anything which will make one magically more desirable after staffing oneself with 32 oz of hearty porterhouse stack. Instead, I want to talk about sensual wines.

What is a sensual wine? First of all, this is the wine of impeccable balance and harmony – fruit, acidity and tannins are perfectly present and well noticeable, but everything is precisely weaved together, nothing sticks out, you just want to say “wow” after each and every sip. It is the wine which has luscious mouthfeel, it rolls of effortlessly, offering layers and layers of pleasure. But every sip still holds a mystery which makes you want to know “what is next”, it is like work of an artist which gives you just enough curves to let your imagination go wild. It is so easy, effortless to drink that you simply can’t put the glass down, as every sip leaves you desire for more. A beautiful foreplay, if you will.

Of course the truth is in the eye of the beholder, and if you tired of me talking nonsense, feel free to click away. However, if you will allow me, I will be glad to recommend three of such wines to extend the pleasure of your Valentine’s Day. As an added bonus I want to mention that you will not need to break the bank to get either one of these wines.

Let me start with 2012 Kaiken Ultra Malbec Uco Valley, Argentina. When I tasted this wine for the first time, I was blown away by the silky layers, succulent fruit and perfect balance; I couldn’t find better way to describe this wine than to call it “sexy” – this is a perfect example of the sensual wine.

Sensual wine number 2 is 2011 Emiliana Coyam Colchagua Valley, Chile. Very similar to the previous wine, it is velvety, smooth and layered. And mind-blowing. The fruit is bright and clean, and delivered with a tight core of round tannins; overall, a perfectly playful wine.

Third sensual wine I want to recommend is 2013 Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon. Of course Oregon is a world power when it comes to Pinot Noir. Talking about Oregon Pinot, I would typically use terms such as “powerful”, “thought-provoking”, of course “elegant” is quite appropriate too. However, “sensual” would be a perfect descriptor for this Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot. Abundance of the fruit and berries which are rarely found together in one glass – cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, all clean, vibrant, layered, polished and practically effervescent. Ultimately seductive, as you can’t put the glass down until every drop is savored out of that bottle. As sensual as the wine can be.

Here we go, my friends – a few recommendations to make your Valentine’s Day even more romantic and yes, sensual. Cheers!

  1. February 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I will definitely look for these wines..loved the way you described them. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • talkavino
      February 15, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks Becky! Drop me a note – curious what you would think about the wines.

  2. February 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Great, thanks a lot! 🙂

  3. February 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Happy Velentine’s Day! Hope you and Vic are enjoying every second of it! 😍

    • talkavino
      February 15, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you, my friend – yes we did 🙂

  4. February 14, 2016 at 7:23 am

    What a beautifully descriptive post. I think I was fanning myself a bit by the time I got to the end! I am going to have to be on the lookout for these wines!

    • talkavino
      February 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you! Let me know how you will like them!

  5. February 14, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I agree it’s about lusciousness, texture, balance and mouthfeel. Grenache forward Rhone wines do it for me! Happy Val day.

  6. February 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    So glad you included Kaiken – what a lovely family! Cheers~

    • talkavino
      February 15, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      To be honest, tasting Kaiken Malbec was what prompted this post.

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