Wine Cents Value List Apr 2011

Robert Oatley
Cabernet Sauvignon – Australia


This is another fruit-forward Cabernet, with currant and blackberry aromas and flowers. A spicy aftertaste is accompanied by nice tannins that have just enough grip.




Le Bombarde, Cannonau di SardegnaItaly

Price: $14.99

Cannonau (a.k.a. Grenache to most of the world) typically tastes like dried
fruit, but this is not your grandma’s prune juice. This fruit-scented red wine
is very rich, like alcoholic blackberry jam you can drink.


Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, Mastroberardino – Italy

Price: $17.99

With a name like “Tear of Christ,” you can expect to feel the
rapture that only a truly divine wine can produce. And this robust Italian red
doesn’t disappoint. Rich with concentrated boysenberry and blackberry fruit
flavors, this bright-tasting wine stands up to rich Italian foods due to its
solid, dry personality. Try this Mastroberardino with Lasagna Toss Bolognese
or Cavatelli with Mushroom Rag├╣.


Seghesio, Zinfandel – California, U.S.

Price: $19.99

Big, bold, and unabashedly rich, this Sonoma
Valley red wine exhibits classic
Zinfandel flavors: luscious berries, woodsy briar, and black pepper and clove
spices. Although this Zinfandel is exuberant and full-flavored, it also knows
its place next to hearty foods. We’d happily serve this Seghesio zin with Beef Burgundy or even Green Chile-Pork Stew.


d’Arenberg, “d’Arry’s Original” Shiraz-Grenache – Australia

Price: $12.99


With a body that’s classified as medium to full, expect a rush of deep berry
flavors right away, followed by spicy fruitcake and light oak. While it’s an
awesome value, this wine is no wallflower, so try to match its formidable
personality on the dinner table. We find this Shiraz-Grenache blend tastes best
with equally bold flavors, such as Spicy Barbecue Burgers with Blue
Cheese-Carrot Slaw or Chimichurri Steak.




Louis Jadot, Macon Villages, Chardonnay – France

Price: $12.99

French chardonnay has little in common with its American counterpart. Where
the American is full-flavored, oaky, and buttery, the French is crisp and
refreshing with soft citrus and green apple undertones.



Ghost Pines Merlot 2006 – California, U.S.

Price: $19.95

A new label from the Louis Martini winery in California,
now owned by the Gallo family, delivers. Smooth like a merlot should be, and
luscious with creamy mocha and succulent fruit flavours.




Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $14.99

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is elegant and vibrant; mouthwatering offerings of
lime and tequila flavors; remains light, refined and distinctive. Consider
drinking with summer salads, asparagus dishes, or with fresh oyster.





Uppercut Cabernet 2007

Price: $17.99

Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of dark fruit, espresso, violet and spice.
Smooth blackberry, black cherry and cocoa flavors expand across the palate,
revealing nuances of caramel and toffee from new oak barrels. This broad-shouldered
Cabernet Sauvignon draws you in with its expressive nose.



Clos Du Bois Chardonnay 2009

Price: $ $11.99

ClosDu Bois’s Classic Sonoma County Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruity flavors of
pear, crisp green apple, vanilla and toasty caramel. A medium-bodied wine,
approximately 70% is barrel-fermented to integrate fruit and oak flavors.
Partial malolactic fermentation adds a rich texture and buttery component on
the palate. Sonoma County Chardonnay is aged in the barrel for 6-8 months
before bottling.

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