Date: 07-Jun-2005 04:38
Author: Fernando Losada
Subject: TN: Cheapies
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Pascual Toso Reserva cabernet sauvignon reserve 2002. Historically, this winery produced low quality, cheap wines. Now, the early results from Paul Hobbs advisory services are showing. This is a good value cab, not very complex but easy to drink. Black currants, pepper, menthol and toasty oak. Crowd pleaser. $10.50.
Columbia Crest Grand Estates merlot 2001. This wine generated a lot of hoopla from the WS. Frankly, it didnít do it for me. Cedary nose, with a bit candied fruit in the mid palate. No detectable acidity. Short finish and zero complexity. Pass at $10.
Willamette Valley Vineyards pinot noir 2000. Beautiful cherry color. Muted nose, with only a whiff of cherries and strawberries. Acidity is notable, but the fruit is not. Short finish. Pass at $12.
Feudi di San Gregorio falanghina 2002. Nice bright yellow color. Aroma of fresh cut flowers and lemon rind. Refreshing, with bright acidity, I got grapefruit, lemon and jasmine. Medium finish. Very nice with bow tie pasta with grilled veggies and fresh pan seared salmon fillets. Buy again at $12.
La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna 2003. Pale yellow color. Nose of lemon and green apples. Crisp, clean, with lemony acidity, grapefruit and a bit of minerality. Very dry and refreshing. Very good with pan seared tuna steaks. Will get more at $11.