Friday, February 25, 2011
Another entry level wine from Argentina's Finca Flichman, a famous winery now owned by a Portuguese combine. Allowed at least an hour to breathe, this is a hearty red with good plum and dark berry flavors, pronounced tannins and a somewhat acerbic finish, not quite bitter but almost. $6.99.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Neither of us much liked this New Zealand white. It's completely atypical for a Sauvignon Blanc, going in the direction of a Chardonnay, with overtones of passion fruit and none of the newly mown grass zing one expects from the region. At $12.99, badly ovedrpriced.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This white Cotes du Rhone is reserved, almost to the point of being austere. It's only after a period of warming in the glass that any fruit flavors manifest themselves, and the finish is curious, I was reminded of artichoke. $10.99, way overpriced, available for three dollars less in N.Y.
Monday, February 14, 2011
A nice Spanish red from La Mancha, which is aged in oak for six months. After due airing, it opens up nicely with dark cherry flavors along with a slightly honeyed character. A simple but good country wine which, at $9.99, is however badly overpriced. Can be bought for as much as three dollars less elsewhere.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This New Zealand white is full bodied, with elements of nectarine and melon and the traditional new mown grass flavor. It has a nice, steady finish and stood up well to our curried Tilapia. $9.99, available for two dollars less in N.J.
Monday, February 7, 2011
This is a rich, full bodied, unoaked white from Washington State. It's well fruited, with elements of pear and pineapple discernible, and a honeyed finish which stops well short of coming across as sweet. A nice, direct wine and, for unfathomable reasons, at $9.99, priced well below the national average.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I admit to having never met a red from Argentina I've not liked, and so it is with this one. There's a nice blend of dark berries with some earthiness and a hint of chocolate before the acidic finish. It will stand up to most anything. However, as is so often the case here, much overpriced at $8.99.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
In the year 1111 a German bishop, Johann Fugger, was journeying to Rome. Being a great wine lover he ordered his cupbearer, one Martin, to scout out the route a day ahead of the party and to write "Est"! (short for "Here there's good wine" on the doors of whatever inns had such on offer. One day (it would be nice to think that was on 11/11/1111) Martin came to Montefiascone, north of Rome, and so delighted in the local wine that he wrote the code word in triplicate. To my mind what this story tells us is that the whites of that day must not have amounted to much. What we have here is a quite pleasant but not particularly distinguished quaff with apple and citrus flavors and some spice at the finish. $9.99, which, mirabile dictu, is the lowest price I found for it.