This is the 2nd last Vintages release before Christmas and the holiday wines are hitting the shelves. That is not great news for you bargain hunters as the big guns tend to come out at this time of year and big guns = big $$$. We still managed to taste a few great wines in the value range and we are even including some exceptional wines above the value threshold because they are fantastic and a bargain at the > $25 price point. Besides – it’s pretty darn stressful this time of year and you deserve to pamper yourself with some extra special libations OR they will certainly make a generous gift for someone.
53215 Belcanto de Bellusi Extra Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCg (Veneto, Italy) $17.95
A decent little sparkly number here. It is ever-so-sweet with some oomph on the end. A great evening starter …
82404 Camino Del Inca Torrontes 2010 (Argentina) $15.95
The Torrontes grape makes a very interesting, flavourful white wine. This one is slightly off-dry and quite exotic. It would pair well with spicy food. Score: 90, Jay Miller, erobertparker.com
243923 Chateau Canteloup 2004 (Medoc, Bordeaux) $14.95
Dry, dry, dry with a manure nose that precedes a very well-crafted wine. It has some age and a VERY reasonable price for the maturity.
657601 Benmarco Malbec 2009 (Mendoza, Argentina) $16.95
An intense nose (KAPOW!) and then some pepper, berries and lush, large mouthfeel.
243634 Bird In Hand Two in the Bush Shiraz 2009 (Adelaide, Australia) $17.95
This is an amazing shiraz – not too big, not too small – just right! Look for spice, blackberries and a distinct freshness at the finish.
247163 Mad Fish Sideways Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 (W. Australia) $23.95
Smooth and bright with a distinct black olive nose and a large palate – but not at all overwhelming.
191494 Chateau Faizeau Vielles Vignes 2009 (St. Emilion, Bordeaux) $27
Chocolate, coffee, black cherry flavours reside in this bottle of wine from a stellar vintage. Score: 90-92, Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com
Karen & Rose
ps The Vintages Value List can always be found on www.cetoblog.com