Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou 2015 – $11.99
Tasting Price – $10.79
(100% Sauvignon Blanc; Loire, France)
The best Sauvignon Blancs come from two appellations facing each other across France’s eastern Loire River. On one side, Pouilly-Fume sprawls across the plain, on the other, Sancerre climbs the hills around the town of the same name. The wines are white, fresh, and zingy. They resemble a bracing glass of alpine stream water with a squeeze of lime stirred by a sprig of evergreen. A perfect aperitif; their lively acidity awakens the palate preparing it for la belle cuisine. That’s what this is, a refreshing blend of lemon, mineral, a bit of fennel, and gooseberry.
Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2013 – $15.99
Tasting Price – $10.96
(100% Riesling; Marlborough, New Zealand)
“This 2013 Marlborough Riesling is off-dry and has lemon blossom, lime and nectarine aromas with bright acidity and flinty minerality balanced by just a hint of sweetness.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Try with lemon-herb roast Chicken, grilled fish, crabcakes and lightly spiced Middle Eastern dishes.
Château Les Paruades 2012 – $11.99
Tasting price – $10.79
(60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc; Bordeaux, France)
This château, built by Emmanuel Tessandier in 1875 in Macau, is located at the beginning of the Haut-Médoc on the edge of the renowned Margaux appellation. A proper claret, as the Brits say, it is elegantly balanced with a seamless, silky palate. Blackberry and black cherry fruits play off its fine, ripe tannins. Great Bordeaux vintage, classic Médoc style. Brilliant!
Bodegas Picos “Loteta” 2015 – $10.99
Tasting price – $9.89
(Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon; Campo di Borja, Spain)
Campo di Borja is a wine region in northwestern Spain that specializes in the Garnacha grape. It is the source of both the superstar value Borsao/Vinja Borgia line and the luxurious Alto Moncayos. “Loteta” from Bodegas Picos is a worthy addition to that pantheon. Dark, saturated old-vine Garnacha contributes black raspberry flavors and aromas. Red-fruited Tempranillo lightens the blend with Cabernet adding black currant notes. They are in roughly equal proportions, with a bit more Garnacha. With lush fruit and excellent depth, this is an amazing value and, of course, stunningly delicious.
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