Susana Redux and a Winter Côtes – New Reds for the Daily Slosh

31 Jan

Repeat mentions. Tthis should be in caps – it would be 11 if the tuner went from 1 to 10 – I mean I’m shouting here – Buehler, Buehler – if you only pay attention to two paragraphs, make it these ones!

beroniaReservaThe 2008 Beronia Reserva (#050203 $18.95) is again on the shelves. Yahoo! I’ve received about as much positive feedback about this wine as any other. I mean, at the price point, I’m not sure you can beat this. It isn’t big, chewy, or a fruit bomb. It’s a balanced, woody Rioja. I won’t drone on but – run don’t walk. But, wait there’s more.

susana_balbo_malbecThe 2010 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec (#079798 $19.95) – it was one of my Top Daily Sloshes for 2012. This is fabulous, regardless of price point. That is: it’s worthy of a wine double the price, IMHO (and, that’s kind of what this whole site is about, my HO). So, get a cart, not a carry thingie, and load up on these two wines.

Need to know how to where to find the above mentioned beauties? click here.  These are different enough to figure in completely different situations. But, lovely enough to, dare I say, pound by themselves. But remember: Pound Responsibly.

Another entry from Argentina is the 2010 Lamadrid Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (#234518 $14.95). The price is pretty amazing. Get ready to be very pleasantly surprised. The review by Jay Miller of says, it has a “forward personality”, which I didn’t find because I talk too much (and everyone out there that knows me is nodding their head) and didn’t give it an honest chance. I have had buckets of this. It’s balanced and full of typical cab flavours and with a touch of spice perhaps.  Never underestimate the value of value (I should trade mark that).

DomainedeGrandVeneurI’ve gone a few weeks without a Rhone wine recommendation.  To avoid withdrawal symptoms, I thought that I’d better scour the shelves for something Rhoney. The 2010 Domaine de Grand Veneur Les Champauvins Côtes du Rhone (#076311 $18.95) does the trick. This is the new vintage of a very well-received recommendation from about a year and a half ago. You Rhoneheads out there should be very pleased with this. Full-bodied, smelling of the region – bushy, lavender, red stuff. Plenty good.

AnetoRedNot often do Portuguese wines show up here and that’s an oversight on my part. I will start to search out some reds and maybe even whites that you can take for a test drive. This week, there’s a sturdy red – 2009 Aneto Red (#314930 $19.95). This red is of the country-side. It’s rustic but that doesn’t mean simple or harsh; it just feels like the kind of wine you’d experience while sitting on a stool watching the harvest. Actually you wouldn’t sit on a stool watching the harvest – you’d be expected to help. This wine needs time in the glass to release all that it has to offer.

6 Responses to “Susana Redux and a Winter Côtes – New Reds for the Daily Slosh”

  1. Krystle van Hoof (@Krystlev) February 19, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    You were right about the Beronia – definitely my kind of wine. Have bought two bottles so far and will likely grab a couple more before they run out.


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    • Duff's Wines September 20, 2013 at 10:52 am #

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