2009 Marques de Riscal Proximo Rioja

Marques de Riscal Proximo. 2009. “Proximo” means the “next” thing in Spanish and Marques de Riscal produced this wine as an introduction to their lines of Rioja wines (made from the Tempranillo grape). The wine is certainly well priced at about $10 retail. Usually $10 wines, even the better ones, are generic in quality and…

2011 Bila Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages

Michel Chapoutier. In a word, yummy. In several words, blackberry fruit with earthy, smoky and peppery aromas and tastes. Under $15. Really delicious. It’s Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. It’s similar to a Cotes du Rhone, but better than Chapoutier’s version of that. Found this in Costco in Summerlin.”  

2008 Allegrini “Palazzo della Torre”

There’s an intensity of dark almost raisiny blackberry fruit, but it’s nowhere over the top. It’s gentle, yet keeps on coming. The acidity does not announce itself but it is there. It’s definitely not soft, but also not aggressive. The blend is typically Veronese: Corvina and Rondinella mostly, a touch of Sangiovese. It’s relaxing to…

Louis M Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

Tonight’s dinner was brought to you by Costco Tri-Tip. And by fresh brussels sprouts. Guest appearance of Louis M Martini 2010 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. You may remember Martini as a great value producer from many years ago introducing wonderful varietal wines. This wine was “inspired by Cabernet Sauvignon” but really wasn’t the original. Pleasant, well…

Mezzacorona Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2008

Mezzacorona Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2008 Teroldego is a Northern Italian grape from Trentino-Alto Adige. It is grown in Campo Rotaliano, a flood plain formed by the Adige and Noce rivers. The color is an intense red. The aroma starts as ripe red cherry and shortly becomes redolent of darker fruit, blackberry, plums and dark cherry.…