Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Picks: Vintages On-Line Exclusives -- February 10

Here’s my shopping list for today’s Vintages On-Line Exclusives Release.

What am I looking for? Three things.
Organic: wines certified biodynamic or organic.
Off the Beaten Track: lesser-known or underappreciated varietals and blends, or regions
Value: wines at less than $30.

No luck today.

Off the Beaten Track

CANTINE DI PALMA PIANO REGIO DOC AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE 2003, Basilicata (Italy); #0157628; 14% ABV; $25
Basilicata and Campania in southern Italy are home to the Aglianico varietal. The best come from the slopes of the Vulture volcano. Can be rough and rustic when young, but this one should be hitting its stride.

THE COLONIAL ESTATE EXPATRIE RESERVE SEMILLON 2007, Barossa (Australia); #0157925; 13% ABV; $25
In Bordeaux, the winemakers most often blend Semillon with Sauvignon Blanc for the dry Bordeaux Blanc. But it's the Aussies who accomplish more with Semillon as a single varietal than anyone, but we don’t often see them here. Get it when you can!

There are also 4 Pinot Noirs from Oregon, Burgundy, New Zealand, and California!

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