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Affordable Red Wines For Furlough Friday: Tikves and Capezzana

Despite the impact of a reduced wine budget you can still drinking interesting and satisfying wines at affordable prices.  Following the recently reviewed 2010 Tikves, Vrance, Tradition is this Special Selection which costs $1 more.  I personally enjoy the Special Selection more for the Vranec character is showcased.  Philippe Cambie is the consulting oenologist and it reflects in this well made wine.  I have no clue how this wine will develop but at this price you can afford to find out.  We have already drunk a few bottles so I suggest you try one too.  Both Jenn and I liked the Capezzana from the first glass.   It is true that it could stand a year to get things going but the flavors are rather enjoyable right now.  I recommend you try this as well.   These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

By the way, blurbs from several tasting notes on this blog now appear in the Other French Wine Regions page at MacArthur Beverages.  If you like what you see or would like to see more blurbs then I suggest you send Phil an email at pbernstein@bassins.com.


2010 Tikves, Vranec, Special Selection, Tikves – $11
Imported by Eric Solomon Selections.  This wine is 100% Vranec sourced from 30-60 year old vines located at 1500 feet.  It was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The light now revealed dark purple and black fruit.  In the mouth there were black, grapey flavors, drying tannins, plenty of acidity, and a young aspect.  This modern wine was firm, as if hewn from stone, but integrates to balance and puts on weight with air.  There will always be tannins but the flavors eventually fill the mouth, become tart on the sides of the tongue towards the finish, and show an inky quality.  The drying, rugged tannins return at the end.  ** Now-2018.


2009 Conte Contini Bonacossi, Capezzana, Barco Reale di Carmignano – $13
Imported by MW Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet and Canaiolo sourced from soils of shale.  It was fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged for 14 months in barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a mix of blue fruit, ethereal red fruit, and a gentle ripeness to this inviting wine.  The acidity is noticeable on the sides of the tongue as some dense black fruit, minerals, and a touch of smoke come out.  Nice flavors.  **(*) 2014-2019.


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  1. March 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

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