Sunday, November 6, 2011
Great Value Reds
It's getting into party season!
These are two of my late summer/fall faves from the LCBO; not just for the price point, but great taste.
DREI DONÀ-TENUTA LA PALAZZA NOTTURNO SANGIOVESE 2008
Italy | Drei Dona Tenuta La Palazza
VINTAGES 39958 | 750 mL | $ 15.00
Sangiovese is most readily associated with Tuscany, but that is not to say that the grape cannot thrive elsewhere. From Emilia-Romagna, in Central Italy, this example offers spice and red berry on the nose, followed by a palate that is dry and finely structured with a balancing acidity. Great length. This is a perfect match for gourmet pizza, or one of the region's famous exports, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. (VINTAGES panel, July 2010)
SAN GREGORIO MANGA DEL BRUJO 2008
Spain | Bodega San Gregorio
VINTAGES 15073 | 750 mL | $ 13.55
Driven by naturally low yields, the red wines of the Calatayud region are real rising stars of Spanish wine. The Grenache blend here offers delectable aromas of redcurrant, sweet ripe fruit and suggestions of dried figs, tar and leather. This medium-bodied, easy-drinking red is a superb value at this price point. Enjoy with veal marsala or rack of lamb.