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Buy(s) of the Week
Clos Troteligotte 2012 Malbec Rosé, vins de pays Garonne (France), $9-10. Don't let that attractive price fool you: this is a very tasty pink wine, dry and crisp, bolder flavors than most; a great buy!--try it by the glass at Kitchen in Chapel Hill.
Angelini La Battiistina Gavi 2012, Piemonte, $16.99***. Gavi is my favorite Italian white. Made from the cortese grape, it is a steely, briskly dry white with appealing mineral accents that make it a terrific choice for shellfish, especially raw oysters. La Battistina is a superb example.
Gloria Ferrer 2010 Pinot Noir Carneros, $25**+ The hint of spicy black raspberry makes this Pinot enticing both in aroma and flavor. A touch of wiriness typical of young Carneros Pinot Noir tells me it will be even better with a year or two in bottle. To enjoy it now, pour it into a carafe or use your Vinturi to aerate it quickly.
Meyer Fonné Edelzwicker 2011-2012 Alsace $14-17**+ A charming white, dry but very fragrant. Edelzwicker a term used in Alsace meaning "noble blend". Actually, it's usually a basic, everyday white; this one, mostly pinot blanc with splashes of riesling and muscat would be a great choice with spicy Asian foods.
Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, California, $13-16** A very drinkable Cab, lightly tannic, which gives it some structure; flavors of blackberry and cherry.
Clos La Coutale Cahors 2010 France $15** The Cahors region of southwest France (adjacent to Bordeaux) is the original spot for wines made from malbec. It's a leaner style than New World malbecs, but this one is plummy and flavorful, great for seasonal grilling.
| Lively and Appealing Whites....
Château Graville-Lacoste 2012, Graves Bordeaux $15-17**+ An excellent sauvignon blanc, with 25% semillon, which gives it a big more breadth in flavor--dry, balanced, long in finish. Great for shellfish.
V&R Verdejo La Soterraña 2012, Rueda ** $11-12 The dry whites of Rueda, an appellation in the Castilla-León region of northern Spain, are very popular in Spain and deserve to be better known here. The verdejo grape produces crisp, minerally whites with an appealing zest--which makes them a fine match with shellfish and seafood. Sometimes it is blended with viura, another indigenous white variety, giving a richer flavor, as in V&R Eresma Verdejo ($14.99 at A Southern Season).
Amizade Godello 2010 Galicia, Spain $14** The godello grape produces dry whites with floral aromas that are increasingly popular nationwide, good choice with Asian foods. Look also for the 2011.
|A Few Good Reds .......
Le Pigeoulet 2011 Rhône Valley $17-19** From the Brunier family of Vieux Télégraphe comes this solid, meaty, smooth little red, mostly grenache, rounc and berryish--one to have on hand for grilling.
Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2011, Piemonte** $15.99 at Chapel Hill Wine Co, $20 elsewhere. A very tasty, punchy red, lively with bright cherry and berry fruit. Look also for Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2010, $19.99, a vibrant fruity red, well-balanced, smooth; great for fall grilling.
Viña Caneiro 2011 Ribeira Sacra, Spain $25 **+
Deep purple in color, this red from the Spanish grape mencia is impressive--rich berry and currant flavors, good structure, sturdy and very tasty--great for roast meats, loin of pork or chicken.
Rodney Strong 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma $18*** Winemaker Rick Sayre has done it again: produced a handsome, stylish Cabernet Sauvignon altogether drinkable on release. It's a rare feat to make a Cabernet that has flavor (meaty and berryish), varietal character (currants, blackberry), tannin (just enough for structure) and drinks smoothly at this young age. Excellent for roast or grilled beef, lamb or bison. [wbow]
Top Cabernets See recommendations at: B.E.'s Cellar Selections