A Disappointing Red

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the wonderfully relaxing evening I had while reading my book and drinking a 2008 Treana Red.  What I didn’t mention in that review was that the Treana was actually my second bottle of the night.  The first bottle I opened was actually a Chilean wine that I tried really hard to enjoy, but just couldn’t make happen.

2010 Kiyapura Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere

The 2010 Kiyapura was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, which had a brilliant deep ruby color with flecks of purple.  On the nose, there were juicy blackberries, cinnamon, and a touch of something vegetal.  In the mouth, there were under-ripe blackberries and stems.  The wine had a medium body, medium tannins, and high acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? No…it’s not worth dirtying a perfectly clean wine glass.   At $13, this wine just isn’t worth it.  I tried drinking it alone, but it was too green and too acidic.  I tried pairing it with Hubby’s delicious lamb tacos, but it was just not working with the food.  I even tried giving the wine some help with an aerator, as well as letting it decant for a little, but in the end, there was nothing I could do to make this wine more enjoyable.  Unfortunately, I ended up opening a different bottle because life is just too short to drink bad wine.

Question of the Day: Do you every dump out a bottle of wine or do you feel the need to drink it unless the wine is actually flawed?

Price: $13
Purchased at Barclay’s Wine
Overall: 1.5 Corks


  1. Faith Brickel says

    I sample many wines and if I am not enjoying it I dump. You are correct in saying life is too short to drink bad wine!!

    • says

      Faith…I always feel a little guilty dumping it out because I know that someone worked hard to make the wine. But, there’s something nice about knowing that I’m not the only one 😉

  2. Dick Weil says

    Now trying to get rid of it at $6+. Even at that if it is a dump out it’s still a 100% loss and the aggravation of tasting garbage. Thanks for the review. I agree – life’s too short to drink a bad bottle of wine.

    • says

      Dick..thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think you summed it up perfectly in that even at $6, the frustration of tasting bad wine just isn’t worth it. It’s unfortunate, but some wines are just not very good.

    • says

      Jo…making sangria is a great suggestion! Do you have a particular recipe that you use with undrinkable wine? I’m afraid my recipe might be too much wine and not enough other stuff to help cancel out the fact that it’s not good.

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