Shavua tov to all.
This week I had 2 wines that had some nice qualities but also serious flaws, but by playing with the wines, I got to enjoy both. They're a bit tough to score because on the one hand they're flawed, but on the other hand, they're certainly not "mediocre/uninspiring."
Elvi Vina Encina 2007: C+/* I made kiddush on this wine Friday night at cellar temperature, and I almost gagged on the searing alcohol and slight but cloying hint of sweetness. I almost dumped it down the drain, but I had the idea of putting it in the freezer for an hour until it was approximately 40 degrees. At that point it showed considerable country style charm. I have to say that the fact that it still has its sea legs after 5 years, despite a mere 5 months in oak, has to count for something. All in all, an interesting wine, just make sure you drink it COLD.
Gush Etzion Spring River 2010: B-/** Like the Elvi, this wine has a lot going for it. Unlike most "semi-dry" wines, it's not too sweet. The nose explodes with flora and peaches. Really delicious with one major problem: the lack of acidity drains the life out of it. After a few sips, it is difficult to keep drinking, despite the great flavor. I solved this one in an unorthodox way: I added a splash of lemon juice. After that, it was a delicious quaffer. I know many will say that's sacrilegious, but hey, I enjoyed it and that's what counts.
Recanati Shiraz 2010: B to B+ /***+ Whoever said kosher wine can't be really good at less than $15 a bottle? This big, lush shiraz is brimming with tons of saddle leather, red fruit, vanilla, and toffee, all without knocking you over the head. It's certainly not in the league of the great syrah/shiraz on the kosher market (Four Gates, Shira, Ella Valley, Barkan Superior, Yarden Single Vineyards, etc.) but it's a damn nice wine for the money.