Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2008
Rioja, Spain ($30.19)
85% Tempranillo with Garnacha Tinta & Graciano
This wine has always pushed my buttons as it consistently delivers very high quality for the price. Toasted oak and vanilla notes on the nose with cocoa, cherry, and tobacco make me think immediately of Bordeaux. Full and rich black cherry and chocolate on the palate with very balanced tannins on the finish. Beautiful now but it will really reward with a few years of patience.
Domaine Pierre Morey Bourgogne Rouge 2013
Burgundy, France ($27.19)
100% Pinot Noir
“Strawberry soup” is how Anne Morey described this wine on my last visit to Burgundy, and the bright red fruits on the first whiff of the nose suggests she knows a thing or two about her family’s wines. Made from Pinot grown in the Meursault appellation, this wine shows a delicate side on the palate with a lengthy mineral finish. Delightful!
Henry Fessy Pouilly Fuisse 2014
Macconais, Burgundy, France ($19.99)
This wine really over delivers. Don’t let the delicate nature of this French Chardonnay fool you – there’s some real structure here. Hints of pear and apricot on the nose and a bright green apple and pear palate give way to a crisp, clean and mineral finish that is balanced and elegant. If you want to up the game for your cocktail party wine without spending a fortune, look no further.
Bodega Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Mendoza, Argentina ($22.99)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Not your typical ham-handed, extracted Cabernet! I love the nose on this wine: cocoa, black pepper, and sweet black fruits. On the palate the first thing that I think is ‘finesse’. There’s a real balance to this old-world style Cabernet. The tannins are balanced but firm on the lengthy finish. People often ask about wines to cellar that don’t cost a fortune, and this one definitely falls in that category. Very nicely done.