Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Bull Market is Turning

I am bullish on one particular wine, and think that it is one of the top 25 wines, even though Wine Spectator rates it as a lowly bottom half of its Top 100 wines of 2005. The Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 (91 points) is a smooth-as-silk, yet very complex and rich wine, with nuances provided by blackberry and plum and hints of mocha that makes it oh-so-wonderful. A few of my friends have complained that it has a sweeter finish than they like in Cabs, but I enjoy it and rate it as one of my top finds of 2005.

Only 140 cases are made, and if I were you, I would stock up on this wine and open it 6-7 years from now (2012-2013). I promise that you will be rewarded handsomely. I have found it as cheap as $33 at Costco and various online stores.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Good wines under $10

The Atlas Pek Napa Valley Sangiovese is always a good pick if you are in the mood. This wine has hints of fruit and spice, and it definitely leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue. This is a great wine to stock up on and drink everyday. It goes really well with spicy food as well, and we have never been disappointed. Costco carries it ocassionally and it runs $9.90.

Remembering Tuscany

I was at Whole Foods today for some fancy mushrooms and a Sangiovese for the recipe. While browsing their wine section, I stumbled upon a couple of wines from the Montepulciano region of Tuscany, Italy. It brought back memories from our visit to the region in October 2004 when we stayed at a farmhouse just outside Montepulciano. The visit was phenomenal and the taste of the food and wine from that region still lingers on. I could not resist picking up a couple. One in particular was Le Berne 2001 Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano. I opened it the same night and it was very good. The wine is a Sangiovese Blend with a big nose. It definitely needed some breathing. After about 15 minutes the wine tasted heavenly, with very little aftertaste. I am definitely going back to buy a few more and store them.

The cost was approximately $25 at Whole Foods.