Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Most Loire reds tend to be what might be called fruit backward. This wine, a cooperative effort from a local grower and a New Zealand vinifier, is an attempt to depart from that category. The result is a nicely rounded blend of rapberry anD soft tannins. $9.99.
Monday, February 20, 2012
One more domestic white that's on sale because of its age, this Washington State white is distinguished by a pungent, flowery aroma and a nicely measured combination of ripe peach and melon flavors, with a brisk, tart finish. Drink it now, a good buy at $8.99.
This California white is a real sleeper. It's not about flinty acidity, as many Chenin Blancs are, but rather a well rounded element of ripe melon and tangerine, with just enough acidity to make it interesting. It's near the end of its useful life and that's why it's on sale at $6.99, which is lower than you can find it anywhere else.
Friday, February 17, 2012
This is a medium bodied Chianti, and while it's not in a class with a Classico or a Rufino (very few chiantis stemming from outside those two regions are) it's pleasant enough, fruit forward, mostly plum, and a fair degree of acidity and soft tannins. $9.99.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
This Spanish red, a blend of four different grapes, comes from Toro in the region of Zamora, the town that boasts twenty three Romanesque churches. It's not a subtle wine, but rather hearty and straightforward, with elements of cherry, red berry, and a caramel finish. Very favorably priced at $7.99, by all means get it.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
This is the entry level white from this Chilean winery and it's very nice indeed for such a young wine. It combines peach, citrus and newly mown grass elements in a way reminiscent of the New Zealands and, with the two dollar instant refund coupon, is a good buy at $9.99.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Yesterday we drank a bottle of the '10. This was better balanced than the '09, not as fruit forward. While I'm uncertain how it would go with fish, it made a nice contrast for my somewhat too heroic chile. Also the price has been reduced to $7.99, which makes it an attractive buy.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Gamay is the grape that this upper Loire red is made from. It has a strong, forward sour cherry taste with a slightly acidic finish. Certainly an unusual wine and an excellent buy at 6.99.
Coming from the village in southern Burgundy that lent its name to the Chardonnay grape, this unoaked white has a nice blend of apple and flinty mineral. A really pleasing wine, once it opens up. Attractively priced at $7.99.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This is a very typical St Pourcain white: flinty, lemony like a Loire, (it comes from the uppermost reaches of the river) but with rather more spice to it. Probably near the end of its usful life but a very nice drink now. Very nicely priced at $7.99.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
There's an old saying, the best is the enemy of the good. While we liked this medium bodied red from St Pourcain in northernmost Auvergne, we did'nt like it as much as the Bridgman we drank the night before. While it has a nice enough red cherry quality, along with a tart finish, it tasted somehow uneven. The area is much better known for its whites and I can understand why. $7.99.