Famega Vinho Verde $8.95
Refreshing, crisp with a tingly sparkle taste of apple tartness from the cool lucious Vinho Verde DOC region of North Western Portugal. Fâmega Vinho Verde has a delicate citrus flavor like the fragrance of a summer garden.
Pleasant and mellow, this young white wine will be the perfect accompaniment to all kinds of seafood, salads, mild cheeses, as an aperitif, or just by itself.
The alcohol content of Fâmega is 9.5% which makes it the ideal natural, low calorie white wine.
Grapes: Avesso, Azal and Pedernã
Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
Trentadue Old Patch Red 2009 $11.95
Alexander Valley Estate Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Sangiovese. Nuances of brown sugar, maple and plums are showing with slight dose of oak and vanilla. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. GOLD MEDAL 2011 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE TASTING.
Grapes: 77% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 11% Carignane, and 1% Sangiovese
Region: Sonoma, California
Jean Sablenay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $9.95
This is an expressive Sauvignon Blanc with delicate floral and citrus notes on the nose. These carry through to the palate which is fresh with vibrant acidity and a long satisfying finish.
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Loire Valley, France
Quinta de Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Dao 2008 $9.95
90 points Wine Spectator Advance: “A well-structured, muscular red, with a touch of Asian spice to the wild plum and dried raspberry flavors. Beef and mineral notes mark the finish. Distinctive, with a very sauvage allure. Drink now through 2015.” (January 31st, 2011) Composed of indigenous varieties such as Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, this lovely wine has spicy, ripe huckleberry aromas which lead to a palate of very pure, spicy, mineral, and most important of all, balanced, fruit. This is excellent wine for the money.
Grapes: Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional
Region: Doa, Portugal
Bodegas J C Conde “Vivir Vivir” 2007 $11.95
Overview: The 2007 Vivir, Vivir is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 20- to 60-year-old vines in La Horra. It was aged for ten months in tank prior to bottling. Dark ruby-colored, it features racy aromatics of mineral, spice box, black cherry and blackberry. Silky on the palate with no hard edges, this tasty wine will provide pleasure over the next three years.
Wine Spectator 90 points
Grapes: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Ribera del Duero – Spain
Encostas do Lima Vinho Verde 2008 $15.95
Overview: A low-alcohol, low-priced treat of a wine. Crisp, and clean and tasty. A light, fragrant nose with aromas of sweet pears that leads into pears and tropical flavors in your mouth. The wine has a crisp effervescence which adds weight and texture and goodness. A great aperitif wine- serve it nice and cold. If you haven’t tried a Vinho Verde, pick up a bottle of Encostas Do Lima; you won’t regret it.
Grapes: 80% Loureiro and 20% Trajadura
Region: Colheita – Portugal