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Feb 7, 2009 at 5:17pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 5:17pmIt’s an explosion of sweet nectarine, peach and apricot and a great deal on a fantastic, easy drinking Riesling.
Feb 7, 2009 at 5:15pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 5:15pmDelicious and fruity. Simply put, it's a guava and pineapple blend with a healthy slice of lemon.
Feb 7, 2009 at 5:14pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 5:13pmDanzante Pinot Grigio 2006, Italy ($10) This wine is a light straw yellow with lovely notes of apple and pear, and a crisp floral bouquet. It’s fresh and lively, but nonetheless has a full-bodied quality rare for the price point.
Feb 7, 2009 at 5:13pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 5:13pmLittle Black Dress Pinot Grigio 2007, California ($9) Apple and grapefruit notes accentuate this nice California white that makes a perfect pairing with any seafood dish.
Feb 7, 2009 at 5:11pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 5:11pmYellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz NV, Australia ($8) These wines seem a bit ubiquitous these days, but they remain a good value for the price. Soft, rounded tannins balance out rich red berry flavors that include hints of plum, cassis and raspberry aromas. A smooth and even blend.
Feb 7, 2009 at 3:25pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 3:25pmThe 2003 Camelot Pinot is surprisingly tasty and, at $7, a no-brainer, get-a-case-for-the-cellar kind of wine. But it was a late discovery of mine, and by the next visit to the store, the 2003 was gone, restocked with 2004. Regrettable timing? Not really -- the 2004 nails it again. Snobs will want to steer clear of this Kendall Jackson subsidiary that aims to make "lush, fruit-driven wine." That's code for a fruity and crowd-pleasing. But once you get past all the apprehensions about big companies and the threats to noble grape authenticity, you find a very enjoyable wine. Pinot noir is a notoriously fussy grape. Apparently only the finest elements working in unison, such as ideal terrior (soil) and centuries of winemaking expertise can coax pinor noir to realize its full potential. Some of the most heralded wines in the world, such as Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertin, are pinots. So Camelot's bargain-basement version of the peoples' pinot almost adds a bit more satisfaction to drinking. The wine has a light, almost strawberry, taste, plenty of tartness and a touch of bitterness to round out the overall flavor. Unlike bad, cheap wine that clangs on just one note, the Camelot Pinot actually unfolds in a number of directions. The classic combo of Pinot and salmon, or even striped bass, works beautifully.
Feb 7, 2009 at 3:23pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 3:23pmThe color is a deep red with purple highlights; the flavors are big and open. There is a solid balance between fruit sweetness and tartness, with no distracting flaws or eccentricities. Critics might complain that when conflicting varietal flavors are thrown together, the unique characteristics of each will be neutralized. But fans will probably agree that the sum of all these traits has a track record of creating a perennial winner.
Feb 7, 2009 at 3:21pm
Added Feb 7, 2009 at 3:21pmPeople from Abruzzo say it is one of the most beautiful and underappreciated parts of Italy. One thing is certain -- the Montepulciano made there is fruitful and rich, a suitable rival to the more famous wines of Italy's celebrated Tuscany region to the north. The wine is a dark pomegranate color with a soft plum flavor. Unlike the Spanish Tempranillo, which takes time to reveal its deep character, this Montepulciano arrives fully formed. All the flavor is right up front, bright and easy to appreciate with a clean, crisp finish. Comparisons to Tuscany's popular Chiantis are understandable; there's a common intent by the winemakers to create a light, tasty everyday wine. You may never get to Abruzzo, but you can certainly appreciate the beauty of its artful wines. The Montepulciano stands up well to casual fare -- grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. And don't be surprised if it is a perfect match with shrimp scampi or buffalo wings, for that matter.
Feb 7, 2009 at 3:17pm
Feb 7, 2009 at 3:16pm