Here is our lineup for this afternoon:
2011 Novellum ($5 BTG) $12.99/11.69/10.99 Grapes: Chardonnay Languedoc Roussillon, France “The outstanding 2011 Novellum competes with some of the finest Macon-Villages wines one can find. This crisp, fresh, medium-bodied Cotes Catalanes exhibits lots of earthy/terroir characteristics. Readers should think of it as a brisk, zesty, authoritatively flavored Chardonnay from the cool, alluvial soils on the banks of the Aigly River.” 90 points Robert Parker
2011 Herencia Alte’s ($5 BTG) $11.99/10.79/10.19 Grapes: Granche Catalonia, Spain This Spanish delight is the product of old vines and concrete aging. Raspberry and licorice were the most obvious elements to my nose. It comes from Terra Alta, a remote region in south eastern Catalonia (on the border of Aragon). The vines are 400-530m (1312-1738ft) above sea level. As the posterior label reads, the soil type was clayey with high calcareous content. With a score of 91 points from Robert Parker, he called this wine “…a killer value…” Parker also said that “…at this ridiculously low price, consumers will never suspect the wines are at this level of quality…” This is a value that you must try! This wine tastes like it costs at least 3-4x the actual price. 91 points Robert Parker
2010 Grayson Cellars Zinfandel($6 BTG) $12.99/11.69/10.99 Grapes: Zinfandel California The Grayson Zinfandel shows a dark color with rich mixed raspberries, strawberries and brambles surrounded by hints of spice including black pepper and cinnamon. Intense richness carries through on the palate of this full bodied wine with explosive blackberry and raspberry pie flavors. The wine’s finish is long and elegant.
2011 Dom. La Garrigue ($7 BTG) $17.99/16.19/15.29 Grapes: Granache, Mourve’dre, Syrah Cote du Rhone, France This wine is grown and produced by six generations of the Bernard family, who have worked their estate’s vineyards in the Southern Côtes du Rhône communes of Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Sarrians since the 1850s. It’s a classic representation of this Provençal wine, with a bouquet of sun-baked scrub, plum and raspberry fruit that tickles your nose with an underlying blend of roasted game sprinkled with freshly-ground white pepper and cinnamon stick. Full and bright in the mouth