Posted on | April 2, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|THIS CAB PUTS ON A SHOW. FREAK SHOW, THAT IS
What makes this Cabernet so freaky? Maybe it’s the Lodi fruit. Maybe it’s the spicy/cherry nose and gobs of dark berry fruit with charred oak and vanilla coming from 22 months in barrel. Maybe it’s just the label. In any event, the 2009 Freak Show, new from Michael David Winery, delivers serious CaliCab intensity at the $18 price point, and fits in well with quirky portfolio siblings such as 7 Deadly Zins and Petite Petit.
|ALAMOS RED BLEND: DARK MAGIC
Here is yet another tasty sign that Argentina has more up its sleeve than Malbec. This extension of the Alamos line, produced by the Catena family, starts with a Malbec foundation (40%), but the varieties on top—Tempranillo and Bonarda—add layers of black fruits, spice and a sense of richness and complexity that could fool red lovers into thinking it’s twice the price. Earthy, fruity, dark and balanced, it makes an attractive crossover wine for lovers of Malbec, certainly, but also fans of Cabernet, Zinfandel and big reds in general. SRP: $11.99
GOOD BUBBLES COME IN SMALL PACKAGES
With summer just around the corner, portability is a nice complement to potability. For bubbly fans, here are two new products of note. Voga has bottled its popular Italian sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio in a twist-top 187ml bottle, available now for SRP $5.99. And coming from California—but only from June to September—Chandon Napa is releasing a limited-edition bottle celebrating “American Summer” in both 750ml and 187ml sizes, wrapped in red, white and blue stripes; SRP $22 and $70 respectively.
|NEW YOUTH MOVEMENT FROM ITALY: GIÀ
Recently introduced from producer Oscar Farinetti and importer Domaine Select, GiÀ is devoted to freshness. The vibrant GiÀ Rosso 2011, while released just three months after harvest, is not a “nouveau” wine, or even a novelty. It is simply a Langhe DOC wine that is ready earlier than the rest, assembled from separate cuvées of Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. The wine in at an easy-drinking 11% ABV stateside in 1L bottles made with 85% recycled glass and labels printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based ink. SRP: $14.99
|BUSY WOMEN DESERVE GOOD WINE TOO
Delicato Family Vineyards, the folks behind Bota Box, Gnarly Head, Noble Vines and Irony, now have a brand for women: the HandCraft Artisan Collection. Created by Cheryl Indelicato, third-generation winemaker at the family-owned California company, the line is “tailored to fit the lifestyle of busy, modern women.” HandCraft will donate $1 for every bottle sold in 2012 (up to $100,000) to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The line includes Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah. SRP: $14.99