Interesting Wines Currently Available on PEI List

An imagedouRosa 2011, Vinho Branco Douro DOC, Portugal 13% % $18.95 ($1 Off)  This interesting white comes from Quinta da Rosa, near PinÄ¥ao in  the central Douro. I had the great pleasure of staying at this classic Douro Quinta a couple of years ago. The vineyards are planted on spectacular steep terraces overlooking the river far below. The native grapes for this wine come from granite soil vineyards some 600 meters above the Douro. Ripe green and tropical fruit scents with some green herbal notes open the way for full-flavoured green fruit with hints of green olives backed by gritty drying mineral on the palate. Drink as an aperitif or pair with full-flavoured grilled fish. ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An imageBarco Negro 2009, Douro DOC, Portugal 13.5% $15.90 ($2 Off) this full-bodied Douro red is a blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz. It is loaded with flavours of thickly concentrated dark fruit and licorice encased in sooty dry tannic structure. It could benefit from further ageing to soften the tannins and integrate more fully. Drink with robustly flavoured dishes like cassoullet or richly braised red meats. **

 

 

 

 

 

 

An imageSan Lorenzo 2009, Rosso Conero DOC 13.5% $17.44 ($2 Off) From Umani Ronchi, one of the better producers in Central Italy’s Marches region, this is a robust yet refined wine. It is 100% Montepulciano, the regional variety that somewhat resembles Sangiovese. Subtle scents of spice and fine oak mingle with developed fruit on the nose. In the mouth, warmly rounded fruit, oak and spice are harmoniously integrated and elegantly balanced with good weight and structure. With several years bottle age, it is already drinking well but has more room to develop. Outstanding value! ***

Pierre Andrè Macon Rouge $15.90 ($1 Off) Macon Blanc is far more common than the Gamay-based  Macon Rouge which can be compared to its more prestigious cousin, Beaujolais. It offers the same bright cherry fruit with zesty acidity and sour cherry bite on the palate, finishing crisp and clean. Pair it with bistro style foods or cheese with crisp fresh baguette. ***

 

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