Time to catch up on some recent wines I've enjoyed. There is a wide spectrum of wines in this group and certainly something for everyone's palate. I'm on a roll lately - these are all great wines!
This California wine is 100 percent Carignan and is just delightful. It's old vine grapes which makes for a full-flavored wine. It's color is closer to salmon than pink. It has just a hint of watermelon with more pronounced strawberry - not just strawberry, but strawberry picked fresh from the vine.
This fabulous Rose' would be awesome with crackers and cheese, heavy crusted bread, grilled fish or a mushroom dish. I bought this bottle at Cork & Cracker in Indianapolis.
Lioco Mendocino County 2010 Rose', $14.99, Very Highly Recommended
This juice was honored at a number of California wine competitions and it's easy to see why with its nice fruit and balance. If you like a little bigger and rich, the LangeTwins is nice wine. It is distributed in Indiana.
LangeTwins Winery Midnight Reserve, $30, Highly Recommended
Okay, so you've never heard of "Falanghina." Don't feel bad. It comes from a coastal region in Italy north of Naples. The wine is smooth with nicely balanced fruit. I got a lot of pear on my palate but you might find some almond or nectarine.
The best thing I can say about this white is you'll want to drink it. I found it online for $14-$17. I bought this wine at Grapevine Cottage in Zionsville near the higher end of that range.
Cantina del Taburno Falanghina, $16,99, Highly Recommended
Trivento Amado Sur 2010 Malbec - You want a bargain? You want a bang-for-your-buck wine? Here you go. The Trivento Amado Sur is a great value line from Argentina's Mendoza region. The wine is a really nice balance between 80 percent Malbec, 10 percent Bonarda and 10 percent Syrah.
Argentina has been doing these three grapes in grand style for a number of years. This a blend that I would use to move newbie wine drinkers away from Cab and Merlot. It's a great introduction to a varietal that has changed the entire perception of South American wines. The taste will give you a rich dark fruit and hints of pepper. The wine would pair nicely with pork or seasoned chicken off the grill.
Trivento Amado Sur 2010 Malbec, Trade Sample, widely available around $11, Highly Recommended
This wine had nice blackberry and spice. It was smooth without a funk or harshness many previous Carmeneres left me tasting. Chile's Colchagua Valley is one of the hottest wine regions in Chile. The Carmenere, Syrah, and Cabernet offerings are worth a try.
This wine would work with grilled meats, probably big enough for that charred steak if you want something other than Cab or a big Malbec.
Calcu 2008 Carmenere Reserva, Trade Sample, around $13-$14, Recommended
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