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In order to keep up with what’s happening on the import scene we will pull the corks on some recent arrivals that offer great value and pleasure. Four of wines are reds from Australia; the whites are from France and Italy with Mionetto’s “Sergio” making a return to our inventory after a year’s absence.
2006 Marcel Martin Muscadet, La Sablette, Sèvre et Maine
The grape that makes up the Muscadet of the Loire Valley is the Melon de Bourgogne. It produces a crisp dry mineral flavored wine. However, Marcel Martin allows the wine to remain on the lies for a while, thereby allowing for interesting aromatics to develop. Both in the nose and mouth the wine expresses notes of flowers and exotic fruits. The finish is long and is centered about citrus fruits. It serves well as an apéritif, with raw vegetables, with poultry and with fish.
n.v. Mionetto Prosecco “Sergio”, Valdobbiadene
It’s good to have back in stock this wonderful sparkler from the master Prosecco producer, Mionetto. This wine is crisper than traditional Prosecco, being only slightly fruity and extra dry. Typical with Prosecco, it exhibits the honey and almond character one would expect, yet balances out nicely with citrus and apple flavors. Great with shellfish.
2004 Deakin Estate Shiraz, Victoria, Australia
Here is your bargain of the day. This is no lightweight, as exhibited by its full flavors of raspberries, plums and spice. This is a wonderful accompaniment for pastas with Italian red sauce and for pizzas.
2005 d’Arenberg Grenache, “The Custodian”, McLaren Vale
The wine shows plum, cherry and deep blackcurrant aromas, on top of earthy, spicy, violet, musk and raspberry smells – the essences of Grenache. Touches of white pepper, cedar, cinnamon and spice follow onto the full-bodied juicy palate. The rich plum and sweet blackberry fruit flavors combine nicely with oak induced vanillin and coffee-mocha flavors.
2003 Reilly’s Cabernet Sauvignon, “Barking Mad”, Clare Valley
This has some noted structure to the palate showing a mixture of red and black currant fruit with a balanced edge to the herbal underpinning. There is excellent intensity and depth to the fruit along with fine tuned tannins that make this a great everyday wine.
2006 Tait Red Blend, “The Ball Buster”, Barossa Valley
Robert Parker gave this wine a 92-point rating in the The Wine Advocate and has a real “thing” about this wine:“Tait has been establishing a track record for hedonistically rendered wines at consumer friendly prices for several years. Previous vintages of this wine have been smash hits and the 2006 The Ball Buster is a lock to continue the trend. It is a 15,000 case cuvee, all of which was basket-pressed, a labor-intensive process not commonly associated with a wine in this price category. The wine is composed of 78% Shiraz, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot aged for 12 months in used French and American oak. Purple-colored, it exhibits a classy bouquet of cedar, earth, tar, espresso, blueberry, black currants, and licorice. Supple, ripe and soft on the palate, this seamless, crowd-pleaser of a wine can be enjoyed now and over the next several years. It is an awesome value.”