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Three Solid Values


With the rather hot weather of the last month I have found myself drinking the less expensive wines I have recently reviewed. This has given me the opportunity to catch up on notes from earlier this summer.  The three wines featured in today’s post are all solid values which are reasonably priced.  If I had to pick one of these wines for today’s hot and humid 100 F weather then I would grab the Iby.  Decant it for one hour and give it a slight chill.  You will find it refreshing. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Domaine Mader, Riesling, Alsace – $16
Imported by Elite Wines Imports.  This wine is 100% Riesling.  Tasted over three nights the nose started off fresh and tart before developing a honeyed low-lying aroma.  In the mouth there were fresh flavors of white and green fruits.  The flinty acidity started to overwhelm the fruit midpalate but then things balanced out as some sweet spices came out in the finish.  Best drunk with food.  ** Now-2015.

2010 Iby, Classic, Blaufrankisch, Burgenland- $16
Imported by Domaine Select Wine Estates.  This wine is 100% Blaufrankisch sourced from 3-30 year old vines.  It was aged for seven months in large Austrian casks.  Tasted over two nights there were brighter black cherry fruit with a good core of fruit running through.  The flavors were a touch tart at first with mild notes of pomegranate and citrus.  With air a hint of blue fruit came out and the wine became chewy.  ** Now-2015.

2007 Conti Leone de Castris, 50th Vendemmia Riserva, Salice Salentino, – $13
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is a blend of 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera sourced from vines planted in 1952.  It was fermented in stainless steel followed by aging 12 months in 5-year-old French oak barrels.  The nose revealed subtle black berry fruit and floral notes.  In the mouth the wine starts off soft but tights up with flavors of cherry along with dark red and black fruit.  This takes an hour or so to open up.  There is a soft nature but it still has focus.  There is puckering acidity followed by tart tannins in the finish.  A solid drink.  ** Now-2016.

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