2016 Intrinsic Red Blend Wine Review for Washington Wine Month

Hi wine friends and happy Wine Wednesday!  March is actually Washington State wine month, and so I’m sharing one of the Washington wines from my recent Wine.com haul—the 2016 Intrinsic Red blend.   You can watch my YouTube video to get all my thoughts, as well as background on the wine, or you can keep reading!

I bought this wine back in February 2019, but by the time I recorded the March video, it looks like Wine.com is sold out of the 2016 vintage.  However, it’s still available in my local grocery store.

2016 Intrinsic Red Blend

2016 Intrinsic Red Blend

The wine on this wine is absolutely amazing.  It’s actually done by Brooklyn street artist, Zimmer.  I know very little about street art, and the little I know is from Googling, but Zimmer used wild style to create the labels for both the Intrinsic Red Blend and the Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon.  The combination of wine and street art was done purposefully to draw attention to the process of using the environment to create art.  Intrinsic wine is trying to bridge the gap between the agriculture side of winemaking, which is where the grapes grow, and the urban side of winemaking, which is where people enjoy drinking of the wine that is made.

The 2016 Intrinsic Red Blend is a red wine from mixed with some licorice, hints of lavender, and a lot of cedar.  In the mouth, there were a lot of blueberries and blackberries with licorice, milk chocolate, and cedar, as well as hints of lavender and mint.  The wine has a medium body, medium acid, and medium-to-high tannins.

Overall, this wine is an easy drinker, but it has a little bit of a kick because of the alcohol level.  You would never know, though, because it’s well integrated.  I wish I had some grilled lamb or Portobello mushrooms to go with the wine.  It will definitely be a nice addition to a cookout, as the weather gets warmer.  This was the perfect wine to open in honor of Washington Wine month!

Questions of the Day:

  1. Have you seen the Intrinsic wines where you are? Have you had one?
  2. What do you think of Washington wines? Do you have a favorite?

Celebrating Open That Bottle Night 2019 with Genium Celler Costers

Hi wine friends, and Happy Wine Wednesday!  The last Saturday in February is Open That Bottle Night (OBTN), so I wanted to share with you the wine I opened to celebrate—a 2005 Genium Celler Costers.  I’ve been holding onto this wine for 10 years, so it seemed like there was no better time to open in than this year’s OTBN.  You can watch my YouTube video to get all my thoughts, as well as background on the wine, or you can keep reading!


OBTN was started in 2000 by to Wall Street Journal writers, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, and the whole idea is exactly like it sounds.  We all have special bottles of wine that we never open because we’re always saving the wine for a special occasion that never seems to come.  OTBN is the chance to open that bottle!

In honor of Open That Bottle Night, I opened a bottle I've been holding onto for 10 years-- a 2005 Genium Cellers Costers. This is a red wine from Priorat, Spain. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. | AGlassAfterWork.co

2005 Genium Celler Costers Priorat

My special bottle was given to me as a birthday present from my in-laws about 10 years ago, right after I started wine blogging. That year, they bought me several really nice bottles of wine, and it was recommended not to open the bottle until at least 2015, but it could cellar up until 2030.  That seemed like a really long time, and I just don’t have enough patience to wait that long.  If I’m being honest, I’m surprised the bottle lasted as long as it did.  I think the only reason that happened is because I had a chance to taste several vintages over the years, which was enough to satisfy my curiosity and convince me I should hold out a little longer.

The 2005 Genium Celler Costers (winery) is a red wine from Priorat, Spain.  It was a really dark ruby that was starting to transition to garnet, so you can definitely tell that it’s been aging.  The nose was beautiful with dark cherries and dark plums.  The fruit notes were at the back of the nose, with more earthy characteristics happening front.  There was smoke, sweet tobacco, and a hint of new leather that reminded me of a new handbag type.  There was also a touch of rose petals.  In the mouth, the characteristics were similar, although the dark cherry notes were much stronger.  The wine was medium bodied with grippy tannins.  I could feel my gums contracting, which I love.

In honor of Open That Bottle Night, I opened a bottle I've been holding onto for 10 years-- a 2005 Genium Cellers Costers. This is a red wine from Priorat, Spain. Rating 5 out of 5 stars. | AGlassAfterWork.com

2005 Genium Celler Costers

I’m really glad I opened the wine this year, as it was ready to drink now.  I would probably have been disappointed in it if I let it age much longer.  As far as price goes, I couldn’t find any bottles of the 2005 or sale now, but it looks like it was selling for about $60 when it when it was still available.

Overall, Genium Celler continued to impress me.  The 2005 Costers was a really great wine, and the experience of drinking this particular bottles was even better because it was given to me at the beginning of my kind of adventures in wine, and I opened it specifically at a time that is set aside to open special bottles.  This year was the first time I participated in OTBN, but it won’t be the last.  I mean, what’s the point of having the good stuff if I never enjoy it?

Questions of the day:

  1.  Did you participation in Open That Bottle Night (the last Saturday in February?) If so, what did you open?
  2.  What are your thoughts on Priorat?

10 Year Blogiversary: Celebrating with Coppola

*** I received this wine as a sample. ***

Hi wine friends, and Happy #WineWednesday! It’s hard to believe, but yesterday was my 10-year blogiversary.  To celebrate, I opened a Francis Coppola Winery Director’s Chardonnay because my first wine review blog post was a Coppola wine (the 2006 Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon). Cheers!

Other things I mentioned in the video:
🍷 All my Francis Ford Coppola Winery blog posts
🍷A Club for Book & Wine Lovers: The Books & Bottles Book Club

Questions of the Day:

  1. Have you had any wines from Coppola Winery?  What did you think?  Did you have a favorite?
  2. What are your thoughts on Chardonnay?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Or do you just go with whatever wine is flowing?

Suggested Retail Price: $20
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks

A Valentine’s Day I Love You

Hi wine friends, and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m tasting the Villa Jolanda Saint Valentine’s Day I Love You. It’s a $10 sparkling wine from Italy.  I thought it would be perfect in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Cheers!

Question of the Day:  Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  If so, what are your plans? Are you heading out or staying in? And, are you drinking any wine?

Getting in the Valentine's Day spirit with a sparkling wine from Italy--the Villa Jolanda Saint Valentine I Love You. I bought it at Yes! Organic market for $9.  Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit with a sparkling wine from Italy–the Villa Jolanda Saint Valentine I Love You. I bought it at Yes! Organic market for $9.  Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars. | AGlassAfterWork.com

Price: $9
Purchased at Yes! Organic Market
Overall: 3.5 Corks

Birthday Bubbly! La Marca Prosecco

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, we’re celebrating Hubby’s birthday with some La Marca Prosecco. I bought it at Trader Joe’s for tonight, but we also buy it at Harris Teeter, Costco, and Whole Foods.  Cheers!

Questions of the Day:

  1.  Have you opened La Marca Prosecco?  What did you think?
  2. Do you save sparkling wine for special occasions or do you do you enjoy it at any time?
  3. If you’re a sparkling wine drinker, do you tend to go for a Prosecco or are you more of a Champagne drinker?
  4. How do you celebrate your birthday?  Is there a special drink that helps put you in the festive mood?

Price: $14
Purchased at Trader Joe’s
Overall: 4 Corks