When I review a wine on my blog site I always try to make sure it's one readers can usually find. Or, it's a new wine varietal or something special worth reading about.
That's the case with this post with one unusual variety, a great white and two darn good reds.
Ledgestone Vineyards 2008 Frontenac - I discovered Frontenac during a spring 2011 trip to Northern Wisconsin. The grape varietal was pioneered by former University of Minnesota icon Elmer Swenson. Tim Abel makes one of the few 100 percent bottling I found in Wisconsin.
The big red wine features very pronounced sour cherry flavor that's just wonderful. This is a big tannic wine. It not only needs some age in the bottle but a healthy decant before drinking.
Here is a blog entry I wrote the day I visited Ledgestone and met Tim. You may or may not find Ledgestone, probably quite difficult to find outside of Wisconsin. But if you come accross a 100 percent bottling of the cold climate Frontenac it's definitely worth the investment.
Ledgestone Vineyards 2008 Frontenac, $28, Very Highly Recommended.
I had the wine with a shrimp and pasta dish - a perfect pairing. If you can't find this particular label, just seek out a White Bordeaux. It's one of the great value wines coming from the world's most prestigious wine region.
Chateau Lamothe de Haux White Bordeaux, $12.99, Highly Recommended.
The other two wines are quicky recommendations. Mas Janiny Cabernet Sauvignon is a light bodied Cab from the Launguedoc from organic grapes. This a smooth drinking Cab that is excellent for new wine drinkers or those who just don't want to be clobbered by the King of Grapes. $24,99, Recommended, available from The Organic Wine Company.
Unusual Suspects 2007 Red Blend - This Lodi Californa wine is a great value buy. I have written about it before but liked it even more on the second bottle. Think dark cherries and spice and a delightfully easy-to-drink red for under $25. The wine is made from 55 percent Carignan, 35 percent Tempranillo and 10 percent Grenache. It's a real tasty, spicy value wine.
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