Here’s another list of some really nice reds, for less than $20. Are these all the great reds, for modest pricing? Nope! There will be more when you visit the retailer and some better prices for some solid reds as well…. ASK!
Here’s this week’s list!
Garrison Fine Wines
Address: 1401 SE Morrison,
Portland, Or 97214
(503) 233 8060
Chateau La Bourree Bordeaux 2006 Cotes de Castillon $15.00
Chateau de la Grave Bordeaux 2005 Cotes de Bourg $15.00
Chateau Le Pavillon de Boyrein Bordeaux 2007 Graves Blanc $13.50
Chateau Moulin Bellegrave Bordeaux 2005 St. Emilion $18.00
Chateau Segonzac Bordeaux 2006 Cotes de Blaye VV $15.00
LINER & ELSEN, WINE MERCHANTS
2222 NW Quimby St.
(off 22nd Ave.)
Portland, OR 97210
2009 La Luna del Rospo, Barbera d’Asti, Silente, Piedmont, Italy … 13.50/144.50
This beauty from La Luna del Rospo dials it up several notches and delivers the Barbera experience at full volume. Deep plum-ruby in the bowl, the Silente explodes with cherry fruit infused with herbal notes of juniper and sage. Intense on the attack, the wine’s brisk acidity buoys the wine’s intense expressions of red fruits, cinnamon, camphor, stemmy tannins and bitter almond skins. Pure cherry fruit and food-friendly tannins carry the wine to its long, herb and tobacco-tinged finish. (web only at http://www.linerandelsen.com/index.html )
2010 Perrin, Côtes du Rhône, Nature, Southern Rhône Valley, France … 9.50/101.50
From its limpid ruby robe to its soaring bouquet of boysenberry fruit, dried orange peel and licorice, this is an incredible Côtes du Rhône rouge for well under $10. In the mouth, the wine offers layers of red and black fruits accented by brown spices, licorice and herbs.
2008 Domaine Bruno Dufeu, Bourgueil, Cuvée Grand Mont, Loire Valley, France … 14.99/160.00
From clay-limestone soils in the hallowed lieu-dit, Grand Mont, Dufeu crafts this artisanal old-vine Bourgueil that has us dancing around the tasting counter. Deep plum-ruby color in the glass, Dufeu’s Grand Mont opens with classic Bourgueil aromas of pie cherries, herbs, tobacco and dusty limestone soil. Elegant on the palate with plenty of fleshy red fruit, herb, tobacco and leather notes, the wine really sings on its long, graceful, limestone mineral-driven finish.
3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97214
Cantina del Pino Dolcetto d’Alba, 2010 $17.50 per bottle $178.50 for a case of 12 bottles
“The Cantina del Pino Dolcetto has splendid perfume with ruby and garnet colors with a finesse and an intense and interesting nose. Jammy (but not at all cloying) flavor and a hint of black pepper and soft background of mineral” Bouquet of fresh summer berries with just a hint of acidity and a full round finish that makes this wine perfect for serving with food. Pair with your favorite pasta dish or with antipasti.”
Hermanos Frias del Val Rioja Crianza, 2008 $18 per bottle $183.60 for a case of 12 bottles
“A great deal of their tempranillo vines are in excess of 100 years old. 80% of their 15,000 case annual production is sold in the Pais Vasco, the rest in other parts of Spain, a little in Germany… and here in Pdx. This is a spectacular Crianza 2008, aged in five year old barriques of french and american oak. It is shockingly good. Velvety, very smooth, balanced, with round but focused fruit. Currently, this is a Pastaworks exclusive. Serve with grilled items, roasts.semi-sharp cheeses.”
Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne, 2009 $15 per bottle $153 per case of 12 bottles all stores, limited
“Good deep red-ruby. Slightly roasted nose suggests bitter chocolate. Bright full and sweet, with this vintage showing more berry-like aromas and flavors. Some of the vines were planted in the 1930s and the clusters tend to be very small. (PS: the yield per acre is also very low, about one ton). Consistently one of our favorite Barberas, and consistently well priced. Barbera in its native Piedmont often is used to toast the end of the harvest and to accompany the season’s first bagna caudal.”
137 SE 28th Av
Portland, OR 97214
2006 GOZZELINO Barbera d’Asti “Sciorio” $19.95 bottle….$195.00 case
“The 2006 Piedmont vintage is known for it perfect balance of just right ripeness allied with firm, but not harsh tannins and a perfect dose of that needed acidity. This darkly hued Barbera is richly textured, with loads of cherries rolling across your palate on first taste. Then the intrigue starts, as plum jam, spice, smoke, and that delicious Piedmont earth starts to emerge, tantalizing and teasing me back for another taste…and another…and…. reminding me once again how much I LOVE great Barbera. There are ample tannins here to back up all that fruit, so even though this is superb to drink right now, I can easily see it lasting for 5-8 more years in a cool basement.”
2007 COPPO “L’Avvocata” Barbera d’Asti $15.95 bottle….$158.00 case
The 2007 vintage for Barbera was pretty much perfect. In the hands of Massimiliano Coppo the ’07 l’Avvocata Barbera was everything it should be, brimming with cherry, spice, smoke, and earth edged fruit. It has great texture and balance and is drinking perfectly right now. Fabulous with food, this is a wine in search of a perfect plate of pasta
2009 Duck Pond Syrah “Desert Wind Vineyard” $9.95 bottle….$99.00 case
Aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, black pepper, smoke, and spice rolled from the glass. On the palate it was full, juicy, with enough grip and texture to really make me take notice. If you had asked me what it was I would have sworn someone had slipped in a nice Cotes du Rhone from France into the tasting. It was just a pleasure to drink.