Wow! What an endorsement! 93 points for $20 also makes it affordable. I have tried 2 of the Winehostess' wine recs and both were spot on!
I tried this wine for the first time several years ago and it got me hooked on Pinot Noir. This was my go to Pinot Noir for a customer looking for something special but not too pricey. It never failed to please. Wine writer Anthony Dias Blue called this winery "The Chateau Lafite of Oregon". Wiredforwine.com has a great price right now $49.99.
95 points Wine Enthusiast. 91 Robert Parker
Jorge Ordonez is the best importer of Spanish wines and this is no exception. Made from 100% Moscatel, it is full of fresh, fragrant flavors of apple, orange blossoms and citrus. Very smooth with no oak. I just had it with appetizers and then with salmon. It would be great with spicy Indian food or sushi as well. 91 points Robert Parker. $15.99 I forgot how good this is!
Tried this Napa Valley Cabernet at the 2011 Grand Annual Tasting for Lauber Imports recently and was blown away. Dense, dark, and inky with gorgeous fruit. A real powerhouse and a knockout wine. You could almost eat this wine, like a rich, dark chocolate truffle. Amazing.
92 point RP 91 points WS
I was a little wary of this wine because of the name and label but it was beautiful, just like a bride! This is a blend of Viognier, Marsanne, and Chardonnay. The tropical fruit flavors explode from the glass and keep you coming back for more. A little pricey but worth it. $35 Makes a great gift too!
Candlelight and piano music, posh and elegant, dinner at Del Posto transports you to a world of dining that would be hard to beat anywhere. I requested red wine that would go with fish. The Terre Nere Santo Spiritoso 2008 from the volcanic soil in Sicily was light and perfect! $90. For red meat try, Lungarotti Sagratino 2005 from Umbria. The sommelier will decant this one. How fun! $100.
I tasted this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at a wine tasting recently and here is the note I wrote, " Makes a huge statement right up front with aromas and flavors of grapefruit and lime. No aggressive grass and bell pepper flavors for a change! Great brunch wine." This was a standout amongst some pretty flavorless duds. Good Spring and summer wine. $15.00
89 points WS
I tried this wine recently at a restaurant here in Irvington where you can BYOB. It was beautiful and everyone at the table was mesmerized and stunned at how elegant and smooth this wine was. Sweet, palate-coating dark black raspberry berry flavors. 91 points from Robert Parker. If you can't find the 2007 the 2008 is supposed to be even better but I can't imagine how. $60.00.
Just tried this at a wine tasting and if you like black pepper and pumpkin pie spices you'll love this. This is everything I expect from an Australian Shiraz and I think that is why it is rated so highly, because it is so true to the varietal. 93 points WS $20.00
Altamura is my favorite Napa Cabernet and 2007 is their best one yet according to Robert Parker who gave it 95 points. Wine Spectator made it #5 on their Top 100 Wines of 2010 and gave it 96 points. Small production- only 3,000 cases made. $90-$100 but worth every penny. 2007 was a great year for Napa Cabernet.
Wiredfor Wine.com is a great wine site! This Mollydooker is one of my favorites. Cab, Shiraz and Merlot blend. It is rich and opulent. How does "black currant cordial, blueberry pie filling, anise, chocolate and hints of eucalyptus, vanilla and baking spices" sound? It's over the top fruit but balanced with crisp acidity and structured tannins. 91 points Robert Parker $21.97
This is a beautiful Malbec from Argentina. Lush, deep, and concentrated with rich flavors of chocolate ganache, blackberry, espresso and figs. You can smell this wine the minute you open the bottle, the aromas waft out of the glass and pull you in. A blockbuster. 90 points WS
From the Avignon region in France. The Cotes-du-Rhone has brooding flavors of pepper and red raspberry tea. Made from Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre this is a medium bodied wine with mouth-watering acidity and some dusty tannins making it a great wine to have with food. Serve it slightly chilled. Cost is around $18.00 Found it at Westchester Wine Warehouse in White Plains.
continued great wine recommendations from <thewinehostess>! and love that the wines are affordable, as well. saved!
I do like a cotes-du-rhone. Went on a biking trip around Avignon a few years back and got hooked on the wine.
Concentrated flavors of baked apple, golden raisin and spice. The rich finish is spicy, with hints of cream and the typical slate minerality of the Mosel. The balance between the slight sweetness and mouth-watering acidity is beautiful! Great alone or with Sushi and Indian food. 89points WS Around $10.00
This Sancerre was the #1 hit of my wine tasting with over 40 people! It is a Sauvignon Blanc made in a more subtle way than I'm used to. The acidity was crisp and yet there was a smoothness to it that made it delightful to drink. Highly recommend. Costs around $18.
Luigi Bosca is one of my favorite wineries and this Pinot Noir is fantastic. 90 points from the Wine Advocate. Darker than many Pinot Noirs this has raspberry, cherry and cinnamon aromas and flavors. Lovely to drink with fish or meat. Great value at around $15.00
Looks great! 90 points is very impressive at this price point.
You had me at Pinot...combined with 90 points and $15, sounds like a winner.
great timing - about to head down to the wine store to pick up some wine for the oscars! thx Wine Hostess!
This wine was #25 on the Top 100 wines of the year for 2010. It scored an amazing 96 points from Wine Spectator. For $25 it is a phenomenal wine, "utterly captivating, with its combination of fruit and very subtle, silky tannins" An amazing Super Tuscan.
Great, do you have anything that could teach us wine newbies how to properly order wine at a restaurant? That would be an awesome recommendation!
do you know where I could get this locally in NYC / Manhattan? or do you think that many wine stores would have it?
90 points Wine Spectator A spectacular blend of Viognier and Shiraz. Full bodied and rich this wine has a feminine side which is its beautifully perfumed nose and a masculine side which manifests itself in the its deep, concentrated flavors. This vintage almost sold out!
Try and get it soon! This is great with anything BBQ or red meat. Its something different to try and is great on its own.
Sounds tasty. But I just can't stand screw tops. Yes, I know they're probably functionally superior to corks, but it just sort of ruins part of the ritual/experience for me.
kelly, you're such a snob :) haha! Heading to the wine store on Sunday for the Oscars and DEFINITELY taking this list. Please send more Ms Wine Hostess!
I think there's only one way to solve this: blind taste test.
Actually, Stelvin closures (screw caps) preserve wine better than corks.