New and Notable
Posted: March 03, 2009
It seems like there is an overwhelming stream of new wines coming coming through our doors, but we're up to the challenge of keeping up to date with everything new in the world of wine. Here are a few that caught our attention recently. Give them a try and let us know what you think. Dona Paula Malbec Binny's has carried DonaPaula Los Cardos Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina for years - it has always represented an outstanding value. New to Binny's is the premium 2007 Dona Paula Malbec. I'm always excited at the opportunity to try a step up from something I already like. Both Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate give it 90 points, and at $13.99, it is still a terrific value. Also new to Binny's is 2005 Dona Paula Malbec Seleccion de Bodega,the high-end malbec from the same winery. The Wine Advocate gives this one 94 points, so if you like the Dona Paula malbecs (or any good, modern-styled Argentinian Malbec) this one might be worth splurging the $37.99. R Wines Some great value wines ofnote are the Roogle wines by Marquis Philips. The 2007 reds and 2008 whites were just released. They haven't been reviewed yet, but they always seem to land scores right in that 89-90 points range. A consistent value brand, they pack a lot of fruit and weight. Supply is always a little tight on these wines, and at $9.99, you should give them a try while we still have them. From the same importer (Dan Philips of The Grateful Palate) is 2007 R Wines Strong Arms Shiraz. This one also hasn't been rated yet (The Wine Advocate gave the 2006 Shiraz 91 points, calling it a "remarkable value") but we got the chance to sample it recently. At $10.99, it's an excellent and affordable example of a heavy, jammy, fruit-driven Australian Shiraz. 2006 Chateauneufdu Pape Want an opportunity to trygreat wine? We recently sampled two great 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape: 2006 Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape (93 points, Wine Spectator) and 2006 Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (93 points, The Wine Advocate). Southern Rhone wines from the 2006 vintage may be a little underrated - 2006 was a decent vintage sandwiched between the highly regarded 2005 vintage and the sure-to-be amazing 2007 vintage. What is surprising about these two wines is that 1) they are both drinking beautifully right now, which is great considering Chateauneuf du Pape's reputation for requiring cellar time, and 2) while retaining their Rhone character, they were each surprisingly different. The Vieux Donjon has that classical structure found in Chateauneuf du Pape with woody, mineralic structure, while the Clos St. Jean V.V. is softer and more immedaitely appealing with that sort of cassis and cherry fruit found in great grenache. And at under fifty bucks each, they're both relatively affordable (in the world of Chateauneuf du Pape).