New and Notable
Posted: July 27, 2009
Our buyers have been busy this month, bringing in lots of new wines (and lots of new values). Here are a few bottles new to our shelves that you might want to check out. New From Italy 2008 Farnese Sangiovese - $7.99 This isn't a huge red, but it has fantastic balance. If you're looking for a delicate Tuscan red, try this Sangiovese from the Abruzzo region. It's got sangiovese's signature strawberry and cherry fruit, and just a hint of herbs like tobacco and tea leaves, and is harmoniously balanced with soft tannins from time aging in wood barrels. At this price, the Farnese Sangiovese is an excellent value. If you're looking for something a little bit bigger, give the 2008 Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo a try; it shows less finesse but packs in the layers of rich fruit. New From Spain 2006 Dominio de Tares Baltos - $14.99 The rustic nose of this Spanish red recalls a more classic Spanish winemaking tradition, and is reminiscent of the wines of Ribera del Duero. Earthy and complex on the nose, this 100% Mencia wine shows loads of blueberry and cherry candy fruit with deep running spice and a fantastic, smooth finish. It's an exceptional value for a taster looking for more complexity from their Spanish red. This is the newest vintage of this value, which Binny's has carried for years. New From South Africa 2008 Paul Cluver Chardonnay - $14.99 For fans of oaky California chardonnay, this South African chardonnay offers quite a punch for the price. The oak shines through in the nose as vanilla and marzipan, melding with dried apricot and tropical pineapple. On the palate the wine offers layers of baking spices like cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar, on top of the peach-like fruit, leading to a long and elegant finish. Highly recommended, and a great value. Also new to Binny's shelves from Paul Cluver is the 2008 Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc. This one is the opposite of the Chard - it's all about fresh lemon and lime, clean bright acidity, and just a hint of funkiness that seems to me like textbook South African white. And at $10.99, it's another great bargain.