Hello Again Fellow Tipplers,
It’s been a while since we have headed to the tasting room and put together this list! We’ve been buying “blind” and we don’t like it one bit. Fortunately the Vintages product consultants have been able to lend a hand in our selections over the summer as we sure as heck haven’t been “dry”!!
The tasting room was packed this week, so we couldn’t taste the whole release. The list we have provided below gives you our faves of what we did taste. Remember – bring or have lots of wine available at the Thanksgiving table – it makes family gatherings that more memorable ;)
81539 Alamos Torrontés 2011 (Argentina) $13.95
Argentina’s pretty unsung hero gaining popularity – this little number displays aromas of peach and orange blossom followed by fresh and lively flavors of peach, citrus and hints of sweet spice! This wine has not had contact with oak therefore the aromas and flavors are the natural character of the grape. Discover this varietal today and fall in love!
189142 Domaine De Vaugondy Dry Vouvray 2010 (Loire, France) $14.95
Yum, fresh orchard fruit – pear, peach, apple on the nose following through on the palate and lively acidity to boot.
289538 Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina 2010 (Campania, Italy) $15.95
Falanghina is a town – not a grape. Wines from this town have a cult-following. This features clementines on the nose and great pit-fruit flavor with a hint of lemon.
165621 Casa Castillo Monastrell 2010 (DO Jumilla, Spain) $13.95
This Spanish beauty features flavors of blackberry, plum and spice – very smooth and well rounded! Score 90 (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar). Excellent value to be found here!
288001 Triacca Spadino 2010 (IGT Maremma, Tuscan Coast, Italy) $15.95
A fantastic match for spag & balls or any other tomato-based dish. Cherry is the predominant fruit here and there is a hefty seam of acidity that wakes you up at first sip, but then becomes smooth and pleasing on the finish.
17129 Finca Flichman Paisaje De Barrancas 2009 (Mendoza, Argentina) $17.95
This is a tad sweet, smooth & sexy. Interesting to say the least – big berries, mocha and sweet plums. Not overly dry at all. Score: 93 (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2012)
957050 Terra Noble Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009 (Maule Valley, Chile) $17.95
This is your typical Carmenère. Tomatoe-vine on the nose and palate with distinct woodsmoke and oak notes. Sounds rustic but it is definitely a refined well-made wine. Score : 89 (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com)
302943 Artezin Zinfandel 2010 (Mendocino County, California) $21.95
Classy zin brimming with flavors of dark cherry, black plum, licorice, savory spice and toast – finishing big and briary! Score 90 (Tim Fish, winespectator.com) Wendy, Velan
Rose & Karen