• March Wine Roundup

    by  • March 31, 2012 • All Posts, Wine Roundups • 0 Comments

    March has been a crazy busy month, and I’ve definitely managed more tasting than writing. (Hey, priorities are what they are.) And for some reason, I’ve really been having more luck with reds than anything else, Spring or no. So here are ten that were just too good to leave out this month. There are a three Merlots at a range of prices, three Italian bargains, and a handful of other goodies. Enjoy!

    Massimo 2010 Malbec Mendoza ($13). Lively and way too easy to drink, with black currant and plum aromas and flavors that stay juicy through to the finish. Picks up touches of light floral notes and baking spices. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Massimo 2010 Rioja ($13). Juicy and youthful and appealing, with raspberry and strawberry fruit accented with aromatic anise and tobacco. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Grgich 2007 Merlot Napa Valley ($42). Very nice, with pretty but concentrated blackberry, plum and cherry notes and lots of smooth, elegant accents – spice, toast, sweet tobacco, floral, chocolate. Plush and smooth. Matched up nicely with a mushroom-intensive rice dish. Ready to drink now and over the next 3-5 years. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Freemark Abbey 2009 Merlot Napa Valley ($30). Bright and supple and brimming with pretty red cherry and raspberry fruit that is layered with fresh herbal notes, as well as savory spices and cedar notes. Concentrated and intense through the finish. Lovely now but should age nicely for another 3-5 years. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Rutherford Ranch 2009 Merlot Napa Valley ($18). Smooth, easy, supple, ripe — with red fruits, warm spices and toasty oak. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Robert Craig 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder ($70). Supple, silky, ripe flavors of blackberry and blueberry, with an array of heady notes that include licorice, sweet brown spices, vanilla and toast. Tannins are in the background but definitely there. Appealing now, but should develop additional complexity with age. Best after 2017. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Feudi di San Marzano 2010 Primitivo Puglia ($12). A nice little surprise at this price, with ripe red cherry and strawberry on a lithe frame. Not overly complex, but tasty and food friendly. A nice match for smoky flavors. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Caldora 2009 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($11). Juicy and fresh, with an earthy note that adds interest and balance. My idea of a pizza wine, though I ended up pairing it with a flatbread topped with hummus, olives, tempeh bacon and arugula. Tasty! Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    San Leonino 2007 Chianti Classico ($14). A decent little Chianti for the price, with modest red berry, plum and tea notes. Food friendly — pair it with just about anything. I did a quick saute of veggie Italian sausage, broccoli, onion, mushrooms on cracked wheat with arugula. Easy. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.

    Smoking Loon 2009 Zinfandel California Old Vine ($9). A nice surprise, with ripe, strawberry and spice notes on a fresh, medium-bodied frame. Tasty! Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.

     

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