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Petit Grealo 2004 Costers del Segre “Sero Subzona Artesa”

The label is a mouthful, and varietally oriented consumers may be put off by it.  More’s the pity. Situated north of Priorat and Montsant in Catalonia, there are good wines coming from Costers del Segre at reasonable prices.  If you find it, … Continue reading

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Chateau de Pena Cuvée de Pena 2009

This stylish red wine is from the Rousillon district in the eastern French Pyrenees, near the city of Perpignan.  Cuvee de Peña’s designation is VDP des Pyrenees Orientales rather than Cotes de Rousillon.  Co-op wine. The dusty red fruit and garrigue … Continue reading

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Cellars Baronia del Montsant: Great Value from Spain

Located in northeast Spain, the Montsant DO was carved out of the Tarragona appellation only in 2001.  It surrounds the more famous Priorat, sharing Priorat’s climate but with a different soil type.  Both appellations permit a wide variety of grapes.  … Continue reading

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Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz – Great Values

On an unseasonably cool summer evening, I had a chance to sample a couple of great red wines from South Africa.  Excelsior are the first South African wines I’ve had in a few years, and I was quite impressed.  The … Continue reading

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Cotes du Rhone, Two From the 2009 Vintage

Here are notes on two more Cotes du Rhone wines I’ve had recently.  Interesting stylistic differences between them.  Both are worth searching out.

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Rousillon, Languedoc: Two from the south of France

M. Chapoutier “Les Vignes de Bila-Haut” Cotes de Rousillon 2009.  Cotes du Rousillon is a small appellation in southwest France, close to the Spanish border.  Blended from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, this has a dense bouquet of black fruits, herbs … Continue reading

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