Sunday, September 30, 2012
Cheap Chiantis tend to be either raw and practically undrinkable or extremely bland. To be fair, this one falls into neither of these categories. Allowed to breathe for a couple of hours, it's a pleasant enough wine, with up front tannins that may taste strange to the American palate. With the attached instant rebate coupon it's available for $4.99, so if you're looking for a cheap quaff, this is it.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The most glamorous and, by far , most expensive, Spanish wine is the Vega Sicilia. This Ribera del Duero is grown not too far from where that originates, in the Valladolid area. While, obviously, not on the same level, it's neverthelees a very superior wine. Austere, reserved, but still with a delightful combination of plum and black cherry, with cedarwood elements it has a delightful balance. Considering that it sells for roughly 1% of what a Vega Sicilia would set you back, it's a stupendous bargain at $11.99. Stock up!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
B & G is a Catalan winemaker who has expanded his production to Toro in the province of Zamora. This is a big, powerful red, with dark berry, plum, chocolate and vanilla elements and just the right amount of acidity at the finish. In its prime, and a fantastic bargain at $10.99. By all means get it if there's any left at this price.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
This Argentine red from the celebrated Finca Flichman is one of their midlle level products. It's made from grapes grown at two different elevations, i.e at at 2,200 and 3,600 ft. It has a combination of red berry and plum flavors, with a noticeable spicy element in the finish. $7.99.
For those of you to whom these are important consiferations, this is an organically grown wine, by a woman wine grower. A Cote de Dours by designation, it comes from thr region og Limoges, where the influence of Bordeaux is strongly felt. It's a Suvignon Blanc/Semillon blend with elements of white melon and citrus, with a fairly strong mineral element. This vintage seems to be slightly over the hill, but still drinkable. Certainly cheap at $5.99.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
This Galician white from the Rios Baixas is a complex wine, with citrus, apple and pear flavors, with an underlying note of cinnamon. It's generally regarded as one of the best medium priced wines of its kind in the region. Perhaps just a little past its best, but not much. A bargain at $8.99.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Once again, a previously reviewed wine is being remaindered at a risible price, i.e. $5.99. In fact, this New Zealand white from the Marlborough Valley is much closer to its original incarnation than the bottle that I wrote about before. It's crisp, light, and has a pleasing citrus element at the finish. Evidently at this point it's hit or miss, but at this price level it's certainly worth taking a chance.
This white Loire, previously reviewed here and given a mixed, although more favorable than not, review here is now being remaindered at the ridiculously low price of $5.99. If you like a fruit forward, rich, almost creamy white, this is certainly something you should pick up.
This red blend from Roussillon in the foothills of the French Pyrennees is a pleasant mix of red cherry and plum, with a discernible element of chocolate and a nice, dry finish. It probably won't keep very much longer, so drink it now. $10.95.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Made from the Manseng variety(95% Gros, 5% Petit), this white from SW France has a strong element of ripe pear, with some apple at the finish. Although it styles itself "sec" on the label, it's not precisely that, at least not in this incarnation. Agreeable enough to drink, just don't expect something bone dry. The closeout price of $5.99 makes it very attractive.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
As a general observation, I've found the reds in this on-line-only sale to be a much better bet than the whites, which have turned out to be hit or miss insofar as being over the hill goes. This Galician blend of four local grapes, grown in the province of Ourense, is no exception to this rule. It's a very pleasing blend of wild cherry and plum, with a subtext of caramel and licorice, and very nice, soft tannins in the finish. Still at the top of its powers and a tremendous bargain at $7.99.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The whites of Savoie, in the French Alpine region, are at their best when young. This one is somewhat over the hill. It still has the characteristic lightly bubbly element, but, instead of the tart apple and citrus tastes one would expect, an element of sweetness has replaced these. In this state more suitable as a dessert wine. Reduced to $5.99.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
This Catalan red blend of five different grapes is a big wine, with subtle raspberry and cherry flavors and a smoky/coffee/licorice finish. Aged in oak barrels for a year, and then in the bottle, it needs at least an hour to breathe, preferably two, but then rewards you with a superior, intense experience. A great bargain at $10.99.
I have a genuine fondness for Gascon whites, they tend to be crisp and highly profiled, with a distinct herbal note. While this one is not typical of the breed, being much more fruit forward, it's nevertheless a very enjoyable light summer wine, and at $4.99, one can't complain about the price.