This is our third week of value hunting. All wines are under $20 and rated 90+ Points.
Di Majo Norante
Molise Rosso DOC
90 Points – #74 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014
Wine Spectator – “Up-front mulberry and plum fruit is ripe and fleshy in this balanced red, with polished tannins. Notes of licorice string, graphite, tarry smoke and grilled mushroom push through midpalate and on the finish. Drink now through 2021.”
The Wine Advocate – “The 2012 Malbec Uco Valley is a 4,000-case cuvee aged nine months in French oak, of which 10% was new. A beautiful, full-bodied, seriously endowed Malbec, it possesses a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of blueberry and black raspberry fruit interwoven with camphor, licorice and spring flowers as well as a touch of oak. This wonderfully endowed, full-bodied, classic Argentina Malbec should drink nicely for 5-6 years.”
Wine & Spirits – “A fresh and simple style of malbec, without grand ambitions, this is concentrated in its fruit flavors while feeling light and smooth.
93 Points – #60 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 of 2014
“A big, bruising example of McLaren Vale Shiraz, this is full bodied, with ample alcohol and chewy tannins. Blackberries dominate, but hints of licorice come through, adding interest. Any oak is barely noticeable, wrapped in the power and density of the fruit. Drink 2015–2023.”
Wine Advocate – “The single vineyard 2011 Minervois La Touge is a smoking effort that gives up perfumed kirsch, toasted spice and licorice aromas and flavors in a medium to full-bodied, voluptuous and textured package. It has a great mid-palate, loads of fruit and a beautifully balanced, layered feel. It will have 8-10 years of ultimate longevity.”
Santa Barbara County
The Wine Advocate – “Starting with the whites, Blair’s outstanding 2013 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County has beautiful crisp pineapple, white peach and citrus-styled aromas and flavors to go with a medium-bodied, racy, and lively style on the palate. Coming mostly from Rodney-s Vineyard, yet also from Los Alamos, Sierra Madre, Camp 4 and Rancho Esperanza, this beauty was 100% barrel-fermented and aged 30% in new French and Hungarian oak. Enjoy it over the coming couple of years.”