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WineBuzz: March 2012 Edition

Posted on  | February 27, 2012   Bookmark and Share
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Robert Oatley’s new TIC TOK label is a tribute to his great-great-grandfather James, who was among the earliest English citizens banished to the penal colony of Sydney. Fortunately for Jim, his clockmaking talents were his ticket out; hence TIC TOK. It’s a nice story, but most important for wine lovers, this line of regional blends is delicious and distinctive—full of flavor but without being over-ripe or heavy-handed. Vivid and food-friendly, the Shiraz, Cabernet and Pinot Gris are standouts; and the entire line offers great value at SRP $12.



French wine is still complicated to many Americans, but the CDR bottling introduced by Domaine Select Wine Estates is especially user-friendly. The wine is a traditional blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, with streamlined packaging that is thoroughly modern yet has historical roots: CDR pays homage to a 1737 royal edict mandating that all casks shipped from the region carry a “CDR” stamp of authentication. SRP: $15



After being quietly test-marketed in 2011, Kobrand has taken The Seeker wines national as of February 1. Sourced via partner wineries in iconic regions around the globe, the lineup is crafted to be authentic, easy-drinking and affordable. Fanciful flying-machine labels and case graphics strike a tone of adventurous fun, and the website makes clear that this is wine designed for sensible drinkers who want pedigree and quality with a dash of wit—but not a lot of technical data. The Seeker lineup includes: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, California Chardonnay, French Pinot Noir, Argentine Malbec and Chilean Cabernet. SRP: $13-$14



For the last century and a half, the Marqués de Riscal winery has focused their red wine production on aged reds—the style of wine that Rioja has long been famous for. Now, a sin crianza (or “unaged”) young red joins their lineup, Próximo. Produced from the same vineyards as Riscal’s Rioja Reserva, Próximo is made with 93% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 2% Mazuelo. The debut 2009 vintage is a beautiful bright cherry red color, and bursts with aromas of cherries and strawberries. It is youthful and fresh, with just a hint of toast on the finish, thanks to a brief four months in old oak barrels. According to Ricky Febres, National Marketing Manager of Shaw-Ross International Importers, who represents Marqués de Riscal in the U.S. market, Próximo translates as “the next,” as in, the next expression for the winery. “Marqués de Riscal produces some of the most elegant and finest premium wines in the Rioja region,” says Febres. “Due to the global economic recession, the winery recognizes the need to offer their consumer a young/sin crianza Rioja with the same heritage and high quality of its older brothers, at an affordable price point.” It will retail for $9.99.



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