Archive for January, 2011

Vintjs Garnacha 2008

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I’m not quite sure how you’re supposed to pronounce Vintjs, but I was curious to try this wine since I haven’t seen much garnacha (grenache) at bargain prices ($6 from Trader Joes in this case). This wine is actually a blend of grenache, cabernet sauvigon, syrah, and merlot, but at 80% grenache I won’t begrudge the labeling.

Most Spanish reds I’ve had were primarily tempranillo, which probably says more about my exposure to Spanish wine than anything. This reminds me strongly of some Côtes du Rhônes I’ve had, which isn’t that surprising since many of those wines are primarily grenache as well. The Vintjs is light to medium bodied with notes of blackberry and plum, with a bit of pepper on the finish. It’s an approachable, easy-to-drink wine that still has character, and it should pair well with a wide variety of dishes from roast chicken to grilled lamb. 89 points.

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Fontezoppa 2009 Marche Bianco

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I picked this up at Whole Foods the other weekend on sale for 8 or 9 bucks. I don’t tend to drink a lot of white wine in the winter, but I like to have plenty around anyway since there are always meals that call for it. This is an Italian wine from the Tipica classification; the grape varietals aren’t listed on the bottle, but apparently it’s mostly maceratino.

While this is a very well balance and approachable wine, it’s not terribly memorable. It’s almost as if someone mixed together a bunch of different wines — a little pinot grigio, some sauvignon blanc, a dash of viognier, even a hint of riesling. This produces a wine well balanced in terms of sweetness and acidity, and there are some nice notes of melon and pear. On the other hand, nothing really leaps out you, so I can’t call it a great wine. It would make a great choice as a house white, but I can’t give it more than 84 points.

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