This week at the Tasting Bar Stephanie is going to have three “Bang for your Buck” wines open! These wines are some of our best wines under $15 and deliver some serious wine for the price. All three wines are red and come from Spain, the Rhone Valley, and California. Here’s the lineup:
Mark West Pinot Noir 2008: I tasted the 2008 Mark West Pinot last week and was really impressed with the quality of this wine. It showed a lot more depth and integrity than I was expecting for a California Pinot Noir priced under $15!! All of the fruit for this wine comes from California’s central coast, and from the tastes of it, we’re talking pretty good quality fruit! Robert Parker gave the wine 87 points, here’s the review:
“The medium ruby-hued 2008 Pinot Noir (100% Pinot Noir) offers notes of pomegranates, plums, cherries, underbrush, and herbs in a round, tasty, authentic style. Its lightness and softness are endearing, and the price is nearly unbelievable. There are plenty of domestic Pinot Noirs and French red Burgundies priced five to ten times higher that are not as good as this effort from Mark West. It should drink well for 1-2 years.”
La Mano Roble Mencia 2007: This is a red from the Bierzo region in Spain. The wine is made from 100% Mencia and delivers some serious intensity for not only a wine made from this grape but also for the price! Robert Parker gave it 90 points, here’s the review:
“The 2007 La Mano Roble is 100% Mencia from the increasingly prestigious DO of Bierzo. Deep crimson-colored, it delivers a fragrant perfume of earth notes, mulberry, and blueberry. Layered on the palate, it has extraordinary depth and concentration for its humble price. Spicy, smooth-textured, and pleasure-bent, this awesome value is worth buying by the case. Drink it over the next three years.”
Domaine La Montagnette Cotes du Rhone Villages 2007: This wine is a personal favorite of mine and a Georgetown staff favorite! It offers up some seriously intense, ripe, bold fruit and spice. It’s basically like a “baby Chateauneuf-du-Pape” and comes from, according to Robert Parker, “the best vintage, anywhere, ever”! If you haven’t tasted this wine yet then you definitely have to stop in this weekend. Not to mention this wine is an insane deal, so you’d be crazy to miss out on it (we bought the last 10 cases of this vintage)!
Stephanie will have these wines open at the Tasting Bar Thursday, Feb. 4th from 4-7, Friday, Feb. 5th from 4-7, and Saturday, Feb. 6th from 2-5pm.
See you this weekend!