Despite the inexpensive price tag, this is a solid Shiraz, offering ripe black cherry fruit and touches of tree bark and orris root. It’s medium-bodied, yet features a velvety texture and plenty of length on the finish. Drink now–2015.
Not impressive out of the gate—a pithy, stalky note dominates the palate. But after a few sips, these qualities subside and this very dry wine's gravelly, texture starts to grow on you, its mouthwatering finish tempting you to another sip. Pear and melon notes on the nose start it all off. Imported by Cumulus Wines Inc.
For $10, this delivers all you can expect and more. It's not a big, mouthcoating Shiraz, but one that shows decent complexity and balance. Mixed berry aromas display a slightly herbal-briary streak, while the berry fruit picks up hints of espresso and chocolate. Drink now-2012.
A fabulous value in the under-appreciated Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc category, this spicy white is lively, fresh and highly perfumed, with notes of tangerine and orchids that give way a medium-bodied palate redolent of orange flower. There’s well-defined acidity and citrus notes on the dry finish, suggesting a complement of lighter fish dishes. Drink up.
From vineyards 600 meters above sea level comes a Chard with white peach and mineral notes at its core. On the nose, they’re dressed up in a subtle dose of burnt sugar; on the palate, they’re backed up with vanilla and floral notes. Soft and even a little oily in feel. 20,000 cases produced. Imported by Cumulus Wines Inc.
Snap this one up for its refreshing herbal, lemon and pine-scented nose and its flavorful palate with burnt orange and pineapple tones. More refreshing and subtle than most Chardonnays in this price range, this wine is a good pick for someone who wants a dash of Old World austerity and elegance in their New World wine. Try with arctic char or coho salmon. Best…