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Two Satisfying and Affordable Wines


My favorite inexpensive wines often come from Europe.  These two wines are no exception.  The La Bastide Saint Dominique is a Grenache-lovers wine that may be drunk with abandon right now.  Rich in fruit it is appealing all by itself.  The Tenute Rubino sports good, drier fruit with a bit more structure.  While I grabbed the last bottle of the La Bastide Saint Dominique the Tenute Rubino is still available at MacArthur Beverages.  I would not hesitate to purchase by the case for there is stuffing to age over the short-term.

2009 La Bastide Saint Dominique, Grenache, Vieilles Vignes, VdP de Mediterranee – $11
Imported by Simon N’ Cellars.  This wine is 100% Grenache which was fermented in stainless steel then aged 12-18 months.  There was a dark savory quality to this wine.  The blue fruit mixes with soft inky black and blue fruit, some minerals, and ripe tannins in this gentle mouthfilling wine.  With air the fruit becomes brambly with some tartness, a good inky note, and sweet spices. This wine is easy to drink.  ** Now-2017.

2008 Tenute Rubino, Marmorelle, Salento IGT – $12
Imported by International Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 85% Negroamaro and 15% Malvasia Nera sourced from 14-year-old vines in Brindisi.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel, undergoes malolactic fermentation, then is aged 2-3 months in stainless steel.  Drunk over two nights the light nose reveals black cherry and blueberry.  In the mouth the flavors begin with black cherry before a black core of fruit mixes with ripe tannins.  There is juicy and tart acidity which matches an initial tart flavor then there are touches of spice in the finish.  This is a good, solid, satisfying wine.  ** Now-2017.

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