Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This CA non vintage wine is strongly flavored, overwhelmingly pear alon with some apple. It is, however lacking in acidity and there is not even a hint of the flintiness typical of a good Pinot Grigio. The good news is that its being remaindered at $5.99.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Grown in Northern Aragon, in the foothills of the Pyrennees, this Spanish red is intended to be drunk young (mesache in the local dialect means muchacho). It's a fruit forward blend, mostly Garnache and Monistrel, in which plum and red cherry are dominant. $7.99.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The Verdejo grape, planted almost exclusively in the Iberian peninsula, must be treated with great care and harvested at night, in cool temperatures, as it's prone to excessive early oxydation that produces an unwanted sweetness. Even reputable producers sometimes get this wrong in hot years, and that seems to have been the case with this Spanish white from Rueda. To my taste, it seems more like a dessert wine than a table wine. It does display the nuttiness characteristic of the variety. $7.99.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
This white from Argentina's Mendoza Valley can best be described as a combination of flowery and citrus (mostly grapefruit) elements. Some will, as I did, find it almost overpowering but I suspect that the ladies, as my CDC did, might rather like it. Let's face it, there is such a thing as a woman's wine. $9.99.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Another of my dearly held prejudices is A.J. Liebling's dictum that the only rose worth drinking is a Tavel. This Rose d'Anjou, while certainly acceptable, doesn't precisely change my mind. For my taste it's neither crisp, nor dry enough. $7.99.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Another victim of the longevity axe, this CA red blend (mostly Merlot) was apparently made t0 expose two of my prejudices, against Merlot and against affordable CA wines, as utter falacies. This is a very pleasant, very smooth drinking wine with black berry elements and an interesting, peppery finish. A real bargain at $8.99.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Doubtless because it's nearing the end of its useful life this Rioja red is being remaindered. It exhibits a deep red cherry flavor with, of all things, a touch of coconut, and a fairly tart finish. A very nice wine, and you don't find many Rioja Crianzas at $7.99. Do let it breathe for at least an hour.