Balanced Wine Reviews

I drank these 2 wines and tasted balanced, red fruit, smooth tannin, sweet. The wines are biodynamic, food friendly, small production and came from The Decanter Magazine Wine Club by Wine Access, Vinesse Sparkling Wine Club.

Wine reviews by: Jessyca Frederick

Sophenia Altosur Malbec

2021 Finca Sophenia Sophenia Altosur Malbec

It is really rare I find a red wine under $15 I like. This Malbec — not cloying, flabby, or oaky — proves you can make great red wine at this price.

Tasting notes: smooth tannin, balanced

Sweet Sparkling Rosé

NV Laetitia Winery Sweet Sparkling Rosé

This was fruity and balanced and seemed more Demi-Sec than straight up sweet as the label suggests, but that could be because the wine had enough acid.

Tasting notes: balanced, red fruit, sweet

Notice: I hold no formal wine credentials. I am a wine geek who has consumed 1000+ of bottles from 100+ different wine clubs and 1000s more bottles that didn’t come from those wine clubs. I do not accept payment for wine reviews, and I do not accept payments to influence my opinions. I happily accept free wine (and I buy wine).

Why read my wine reviews: Wine taste is subjective. What I like may not be what you like. I try to leave room for you to form your own opinions, so I don’t provide a score or a rating. I do point out wines that are an incredible value or truly not worth the money. I note flaws, wines that don’t have typicity (because this matters if you are buying wine without having tasted it yourself), when wines are out of balance, and when wines lack appropriate body.

I don’t like wasting money (or anything for that matter). I’m careful about where I spend my money and my mindset as a reviewer is to be careful about where you spend yours. I don’t believe a high price tag equals quality and I know for sure there are wines of very good quality that are also a great value.

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