Welcome to the final part of the Tesco "Delicious Dozen" review. If you're not familiar with the Blog then please see my other posts over to the right and down a bit in the Blog Archive, and read my welcome notice here:
Ok, so these were again served up blind, without me seeing the bottles. Bit of a disappointing end to the case this...First up the two reds, or so we tried...
The Look: Beautiful brick red with signs of brown showing its age.
The Smell: Urgh. Not good. Musty, dusty, old cardboard. Off.
The Taste: Not good. Musty, dusty, old cardboard. Off.
The Score: Disappointingly off - corked. 1/10 Corked.
14%. Again, looking forward to this one, but again...
The Look: A really deep hue of purple.
The Smell: FFS! Off again! Musty cardboard, bad cork.
The Taste: Horrible cork taint.
The Score: Bleurgh. 1/10 Corked.
Lets hope the whites do a bit better...
A stable mate of the red in the earlier Tesco review. 13.5% alcohol this one.
The Look: Again, a typical pale, mid-yellow.
The Smell: Floral and perfumed, grapefruity.
The Taste: Smooth, but with an almost "bubbly" acidity. Long finish of mellon and grapefruit. Refreshing. Was great with our cod fillets and parsely sauce. Ever so slightly off-balance with the acidity a bit too sharp, but not too distracting.
The Score: This is good, especially for a fiver! 7/10 Recommended.
VFM: at the case price of £5 a bottle it gets an excellent VFM = 1.4, At its regular price of £10 it still gets a respectable VFM = 0.7.
Fresh off the blocks this, being a 2010. Failry light at 12% alcohol.
The Look: Not quite water-white, but a lemony pale yellow.
The Smell: A nice smell of tropical fruit and the characteristic limey, grassy hints of Sauv Blanc.
The Taste: Not quite as good as the smell suggests. Ok flavours of tropical fruits and zesty citrus, but pretty poorly done. Nagging bitterness on the mid and back palate.
The Score: Ok, but no great shakes. Ok, it's only a fiver but I think I'd rather pay another quid or two to get something with better flavour. 5.5/10
VFM: at the case price of £5 a bottle it gets an excellent VFM = 1.1, At its regular price of £10 it gets a pretty average VFM = 0.55.
So there we have it. A pretty poor end to the Tesco Delicious Dozen case. 3 bottles were corked out of 12. I'm not sure how to get refunds (or even if the do them) from Tesco Wine so I'll have to let this one slide. There were a couple of recommendations and pockets of great stuff, but essentially limited appeal.
Three corked bottles in 12? I think I'll be avoiding Tesco mixed cases from now on, at least until they get their shit together, but will probably still pop in to the store, or order things online that I know are good, like the excellent Taniwah Sauv Blanc here: and the odd bottle of Maycas del Limari Syrah here:
Semi-blind tasting continues...
So as I've said in previous posts, I'm trying to develop my blind tasting skills. D serves them up at random, with bottles hidden from view and I have to guess at the
- Grape type
- Country or Region
- Alcohol level