Tilia Malbec

Tilia Malbec 2011

A great Malbec for the price, offering abundant notes of ripe—but not overripe—cherry and plum, and a heady violet bouquet. In the background, there’s a slight minerality and a dusting of bittersweet cocoa. Well-balanced and not overly concentrated, this is an easy one to pair with food.

Artazuri Garnacha

Artazuri Garnacha 2009

With a nose that made one of us think of decaying wood on a forest floor, an acidic palate, and a bold sour cherry flavor, this Spanish Garnacha might be a little tough to appreciate, especially compared to the Borsao Garnacha we reviewed last week. But those who like their wines a little earthy—maybe even a little wild—will find much to appreciate here. Though at the top of our price range, the Artazuri earns three stars.

Borsao Garnacha

Borsao Garnacha 2010

Until now, the 2009 vintage of this wine was, at $5.99, the least expensive wine to receive a three-star rating from us. Despite inflation in nearly every other consumer sector over the last year, the 2010 vintage of the Borsao still sells for $5.99. And, we are pleased to report, it is every bit the bargain that the 2009 was. (more…)

Luzon Jumilla Red Wine

#84 front

Though a bit restrained immediately upon opening, after a short while the nose reveals a bright berry mix, licorice, tobacco, and some light minerality. On the palate, it’s mostly the same, with balanced acidity and lingering tannins.

Borsao Garnacha

#77 front

The nose offers up massive amounts of bright fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. The fruit continues on the palate, followed by a floral finish. Though definitely in the New World style, it seems to be unoaked. A great value, and worth seeking out.