Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Red Wine Trio Triple Value

Costieres Et Soleil Plume Bleue 2007 Grenache/Syrah, $12.99-$14.99, 89 points is a splendid French Red wine at a splendid price.
Having a very light ruddy-plum and crushed black currant color, a toasty pine-nut aroma, and layers of fruit flavor. As is typical with Syrah, Plume Bleue finished with a spicy flair, wrapped in a matrix of unnoticeable 14% alcohol.
For inexperienced wine adventurers, I've advocated United States Wines. I still do, but I have also advocated going outside the box when the price is right and or you have some "good" counsel; this wine and the two to follow, was inspired by those two criteria and the idea behind my buying and tasting these wines; I was not disappointed, and I doubt that you will be either. When my wife (Who only drinks one Merlot) had finished her last favorite bottle of Merlot, came-a-beggin for "something" to try, she tried three different Merlots (Which she rejected) before I gave up, and surreptitiously    
gave her this wine; she loved it.

Peter Lehmann Of The Barossa Clancy's 2005 Red Wine, 37% Shiraz, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 27% Merlot, $13.99-$18.99, 88 points, has a typical dense purple-red color, and an aroma of plum and black currant that carry-over to the palate with a quaff-able quality, yet sweet and sour hints give this some complexity. The finish is long and spicy.
This is a high QPR wine, fabulous with many dishes, barbecues, Italian or Mexican cuisine, or just plain burgers. 

Claraval Seleccion Especial 2006 Red Wine, $14.99, 91 points, is a Red Wine from the Calatayud region of Spain

This Red Wine is of a medium body with a rich feel, and flavors edging red currant and grape. The tannins are firm, and the finish is smooth, but spicy.
This is a better than average table wine, and will stand-alone.

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