Wine Cents Value List – January 2011

Normally the theme here is wines under $20 but out of respect for those budget-conscious resolution-makers, we are aiming for wines under $15.  Remember, these prices are in US dollars and can vary based on retailers.

Carmen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Chile, $10

This Chilean wine has aromas of dark fruits – black cherry, plums and black currants.  The moderate climate and alluvial soils of our vineyard in the Colchagua Valley allow this wine to have well balanced acidity and nice round tannins.  Even better the next day!

Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Chile, $11

A fresh and juicy Sauvignon Blanc, this wine has aromas of lime, green apple, white peach, but also has a mineral flavor and creamy texture.  A phenomenal deal for $11.

Valley of the Moon Zinfandel, 2007, California, $15

Reminds me of blackberry jam with vanilla.  You can sense black currant and a little bit of pepper and chocolate.  Soft tannins, balanced acidity and light toasty oak.  Perfect for a cold winter night!

Razor’s Edge Shiraz, 2008, Australia, $10

The Razor’s Edge Shiraz has firm tannins, which could be softened with the right grilled or charred meats.  Dark purple with clean and clear fruit flavors.

Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica, 2007, Spain, $11

85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah, this purple-colored blend has earthy and smoky characteristics complemented by spices and fruit.  Savory, earthy, black cherry.  Unbelievable value.

Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere Riesling, 2007, Washington, $15

With a unique process of picking these grapes frozen, this wine shows pear, honey and even horse radish!  Surprisingly light and aromatic but not syrupy or heavy, due to the great acidity  in the wine. Refreshing and food friendly.

La Posta Cocina, 2008, Argentina, $14

Aromas of red cherries and raspberries are infused with mocha and spice. Great all by itself or with all your favorite red wine foods like burgers, ribs, lamb chops, and even pizza.  The 2008 Cocina Blend is composed of 60% Malbec, 20% Bonarda, and 20% Syrah aged for 12 months in 20% new French and American oak.

Cristalino Brut Cava, Non-Vintage, Spain, $8

Just because New Year’s Eve is over doesn’t mean there’s no need for sparkling wine in January!  Isn’t there something else to celebrate?  (Not that you need a special occasion for sparkling wine!)  Straw color, smooth and fresh aromas; fine and fruity palate with a dry aftertaste. Clean, dry and crisp with citrus and apple flavors.

Maculan Brentino, 2008, Italy, $15

Aromas of blackberries and dark cherries, along with hints of cedar and forest due to oak ageing. On the palate, Dry, full-bodied and balanced with a firm backbone of tannins and distinct bold flavors. Great with roasted and grilled meats or hearty winter stews or pastas.

Duboeuf Moulin-a-Vent, 2009, France, $14

Intense color, moderate tannins, delicate spices, flowers and fruit.  Pairs well with chicken, braised ribs and root vegetables.