Monday, October 29, 2012
I've been going on about Tavels, the roses grown in the southern Rhone region, for so long that, finding one at a more or less acceptable price, I obviously couldn't resist. Tavel is the queen of roses and this one certainly lives up to the designation. Dry, austere, yet with a certain strawberry amiability, it is the perfect companion to any assertive main course, such as our pork ribs. Nancy was of the opinion that she could drink this every night. $12.99, and well worth it.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Serendipity lives! I thought I was putting a New Zealand white in the icebox to go with our shrimp. Of course it turned out to be a red, and a very good one indeed. The plum and cherry flavors were sufficiently muted by the cold temperature to make them compatibled with the seafood and it was altogether a very nice experience. $8.99, which is a lot cheaper than you can get it most places. I must admit, another PSLB plus.
Friday, October 19, 2012
This red is from the Cotes du Rhone. Lerac is on the West bank, immediately across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape. In order to qualify for the Lerac designation, a wine has to be a blend of at least three local varietals, as this one is. What we have here is an extremely subtle blend of soft tannins, red fruit flavors, and tobacco inspired acidity. A truly delightful wine, now at the heighth of its powers, and a stupendous bargain at $9.99. So, that's for those of you who claim that I can only ever render negative judgements.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
While this is no Tavel, this rose from the region of Montpellier in Languedoc, produced by an Anglo/American couple, is nevertheless an extremely nice, fresh wine with not a hint of sweetness about it. The attack is crisp, the finish long, the price, $5.99, is a real giveaway, you can easily pay three times as much for the same wine. A real winner.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Only premium Cotes du Rhones may bear the name Village. This Grenache/Syrah blend, from the area that is the home of the famous Chateauneuf du Pape, is a hearty, plum flavored wine, with a definite spicy finish, a little rough drinking if insufficiently aired. $9.99.
Monday, October 15, 2012
This is a Cotes du Rhone from the Drome. A beautifully smooth drinking wine, it has black cherry and raspberry elements and great presence for so young a red. I imagine it will age well in the bottle. A very good value at $9.99.