Value Bordeaux and Passo the Appassimento – The Red Daily Slosh

21 Oct

chateaulamotheThis week’s release features 2010 Bordeaux from less expensive appellations and there are plenty of great values. Shop districts like Blaye, Lalande de Pomerol, Cotes du Bourg, Listrac-Medoc for value. I haven’t tried very many of those on offer but will give it the college try and start popping corks once I get my hands on them. But there is one that I have had that I think is exceptional value – 2010 Château Lamothe de Haux #641555 $16.95. This red is from another minor Bordeaux district – Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux. In a year like 2010 that means that you’ll probably be getting a very good Bordeaux for less. And, that is the case here. This wine is ready to drink now with a traditional red meat dinner. It has tannins (which is good) but not so evident that the fruit is buried underneath your furry tongue. Red fruits of cherries and evidence of barrel treatment (sandalwood?), kind of  floral on the nose too. Get a couple and put one down for a year or two.

laplaceI have a friend who loves wines from Madiran and Cahors because they’re good and reasonably priced. But, I really think that he likes to step away from the crowd and when he can do that and drink great wine at the same time, he jumps at the chance, don’t you Andrew? 2010 LaPlace Madiran #103704 $16.95 is a wine made from Tannat like most Madiran reds. Tannat is exactly what it sounds like, a fairly tannic red wine grape that usually brings some raspberry fruit, tannins, acidity and ageability to the table. Actually I hate that phrase “brings to the table”. So, let’s try that again. ……………usually brings some raspberry fruit, tannins, acidity and ageability to the dance. The dance? Come on, I can do better than that ……………..usually is raspberryish, with tannins, acidity and, oh BTW, it can age. Better. This is most definitely a food wine. As above, buy two, have one now with something substantial and wait a few years for the other to see how time can soften the edges and bring the raspberries to the table, to the dance?

tedeschi2009 Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Appassimento Valpolicella Superiore #984997 $15.95. I’m not always enamoured with appassimento/ripasso approaches. It’s supposed to bring a depth, body, and fullness to wines that otherwise would be more simple.  With the appassimento approach, there are many that just kind of get the cred without the improvement. But, some guys pull it off and when they do, I’ll recommend. This is one of those times. This wine brings some of the cooked elements of appasimento but not too much – it’s dark, medium-bodied and would be great with a big bowl of something tomato tangy. So, and I don’t usually do this, if you are having a rich meat sauce pasta next week, you must serve this with it! Now, Prego doesn’t count and doesn’t really qualify as rich. And don’t give me any guff about how hard it is to prepare meals when you work all day (from a man who sits at home in his housecoat and tastes wine before noon). I’ll meet you halfway – you’re allowed to use some organic pseudo gourmet sauce in a bottle but one that’s only available at Whole Foods (in London – SunRipe/Remark). Let me know how fantastic it turns out.

zoloArgentina makes more than just Malbec. I know. There doesn’t seem to be much else – but trust me this one time, there is. I’ve sung the praises of Torrontes in these pages and had good feedback on that white grape. This week, there’s a very solid Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Zolo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon #054098 $17.00. If you like the ubiquitous California Cabernets at a similar price point, you’ll be pleasantly pleased with this step up. The review says that it’s balanced but I think it tilts toward its fruit and alcohol (14%) – so some heat. Nonetheless, you’ll experience a suave, full-bodied red with a pretty awesome finish for this price. I could handle it standing around (leaning a bit, mind you) but also might like it with some food.

A wine that I haven’t had but piques my interest:

M2011 Vinos Sin Ley ‘M’ Old Vine Monastrell #344226 $18.95. I like Monastrell (Mourvedre) wines. Why, you ask? Well, to quote my youngest when he was, in fact young, “Because.” OK, my real answer is that I prefer wines that are, for many, a bit hard – rustic – earthy. Mourvedre or Monastrell is just that when young. But, this one is said to carry the earthiness that I love but is softer, more accessible – fruit very up front and fragrant. Sounds very good. Let me know if you try it.

Revisiting a recommendation:

BorsaoTresPicos_2I recommended the 2011 Tres Picos Garnacha #273748 $19.95 from Borsao last time out. I had a bottle with a friend the other night and I was reminded how smooth, full, and yummy this wine is. Sometimes when I’m in a funk or writer’s block, I question my recommendations. Was I right to put a ‘Buy’ on the Chateau Whatever? Is the Don Diego De La Vega Reserva all that and a bag of pretzels like I said? Well, this return visit to the Tres Picos dispels my momentary lack of conviction and commitment to bring you the greatest recommendations on this particular web site. Or, was it the company and the third glass? Regardless, run to the store and get a few of these beauties. There are lots left! Click on the link above and search stores near you.

3 Responses to “Value Bordeaux and Passo the Appassimento – The Red Daily Slosh”

  1. Vino & Vintage October 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Funny, we just reviewed the Zolo Malbec last week. Now will have to try the Cabernet! Great post…Cheers!


    • Duff's Wines October 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Thanks. Nice juice and a bit surprising in style for me anyway.



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