Well, I gave Aldi wine another shot. I got this bottle Saturday night when I returned home rather late from the abysmal soul-sucking factory known as Small Business Saturday. Love the idea, don’t love how people act as if we need to wipe their asses because they frequent our establishment to get some Amex perks. Sorry. The point was, I rarely, if at all, drink these days, so the wine blogs haven’t been here as often, but when you do see them, I promise I will do my best to be fair. I wish this wine had eased some of my discontent, instead of adding a glass to it.
This mixture is part Cabernet Sauvignon, Part Cabernet Franc. And therein lies my inexperience with wine. I have never had a Cabernet Franc, and after this, well, I’m not busting speed records on a horse to my nearest liquor store to try one. I think this is just wrong place, wrong time, wine. The color of this wine is the darkest hue of magenta. I really thought I was in for a strong wine- in fact, the 13.% label promised that as well. It was strong, but in an offal way. It did not have much of a flavor to it overall. I got some sense of vinegar in there, and what could be guessed as possibly black currant overtones, but overall, it tastes to me like animal fat in the form of a varietal. Not pretty. Very dry and very strong, but awful. Crisco in Cabernet form. Blech!
The label is pretty, but this goes far in Dylan’s estimation of “you can’t judge a wine by its label”. That is definitely the case with this wine. I had a glass and didn’t even bother with a second glass. In fact, after a hour and despite multiple glasses of water after the fact, I could NOT get the nasty taste out of my mouth. It’s drier than a 1000 year old virgin, and overall, suck city. Aldi retails this for $6.99, but they had it on sale because of “Small Business Saturday”. So ironic that the same exact thing that I was going to buy a bottle about, and that’s why it’s on sale. I hope they showcase a better wine, and I hope to never see this one again. It should be lost in a cellar.