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Plonkapalooza: the 50 contenders

November 9, 2011

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Wines for the tasting were purchased from Bauer Wine & Spirits, Back Bay (617-262-0363), Busa Wine & Spirits, Lexington (781-862-1400), Curtis Liquors, South Weymouth (781-331-2345), Harvard General Store, Harvard (978-430-0062), and Shubie’s, Marblehead (781-631-0149). Most of the bottles have good distribution in our area. Check with your local wine shop, and if they don’t have the wine you’re looking for, they can probably get it for you. Tasting notes are from sommeliers Betsy Ross, Chris Graeff, and Liz Vilardi, and Globe wine writer Stephen Meuse.


2010 Domaine La Haute Fevrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie (white, France, $12, Harvard General Store). “Vanilla, melon, lemon, lime, minerals. Plus-level acidity.’’ LIZ VILARDI

2010 Domaine Labbe Abymes Vin de Savoie (white, France, $12, Harvard General Store). “Off-dry, nice stone fruit. Sweetness, refreshing, slight spritz.’’ CHRIS GRAEFF

2010 Henri de Richemer Cotes de Thau Piquepoul (white, France, $10, Busa).

2010 Domaine des Cassagnoles Cotes de Gascogne (white, France, $10, Curtis). “More complex nose; mild fruit and oak; medium long finish; mineral citrus profile; nice acidity.’’ BETSY ROSS

2009 Louis Metereau “Petit Mouton’’ Muscadet (white, France, $12, Shubie’s).

2010 Domaine Laballe “Sables Fauves’’ Terroirs Landais (white, France, $12, Shubie’s).

2010 Domaine L’Enclos Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne (white, France, $10, Shubie’s). “Rather bright fruit with some very lively acidity; peachy, bit tart.’’ STEPHEN MEUSE

2009 Fontezoppa Verdicchio di Matelica (white, Italy, $10, Harvard General Store).

2010 Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2010 (white, Italy, $12, Bauer).

2010 Vignerons de Buxy Bourgogne Aligote (white, France, $12, Busa).

2010 La Murola “Andrea Baccius Q’’ IGT Marche Bianco (white, Italy, $12, Curtis).

2010 Marques de Caceres Rioja (white, Spain, $10, Busa).

2009 Montagne Blanche Coteaux du Vendomois (white, France, $10, Curtis).

2010 Vignarco Orvieto Classico (white, Italy, $12, Harvard General Store). “Good structure, richer, balanced, good attack, good acidity.’’ C.G.

2010 Jean Marc Lafage “Cote Est’’ Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes (white, France, $12, Shubie’s). “Greenish, unripe fruit; limey nose; plus acidity, racy albarino-esque finish.’’ B.R.

2010 Winzer Krems Kremser Weinzierl (white, Austria, $12 for a liter, Harvard General Store). “Lovely balance of fruit and acid here; little piney; clean, brisk profile; everything in place; nothing sticking out; tip top.’’ S.M.

2009 Seebrich Niersteiner Oelberg Riesling (white, Germany, $12, Curtis). “Sweet, lush stone fruit; expressive in the finish; nice off-dry wine; most vibrant of the bunch.’’ C.G.

2010 Weingut J. Linden Mosel Riesling (white, Germany, $11, Busa). “Apple-floral nose; limey-citrus palate; big fruit/bright acid; complex, refreshing finish.’’ B.R.

2010 Huber “Hugo’’ Gruner Veltliner (white, Austria, $12, Busa). “Beautifully clean and fresh; nice balance of soil, fruit, and acidity; fully dry, or very nearly so.’’ S.M.

2008 Weingut Querbach “Riesling Classic’’ Rheingau (white, Germany, $12, Bauer). “Wet stone and slate; pear; slight petrol note; peach; hint off-dry, clean finish.’’ B.R.

2010 Raymond Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (white, USA, $12, Bauer).

2010 Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc “Beyond’’ Coastal Region (white, South Africa, $10, Curtis).

2010 Barker’s Marque Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc (white, New Zealand, $12, Shubie’s). “Plus acidity; grassy-grapefruit; long finish.’’ B.R.

2009 Finca La Linda Mendoza Viognier (white, Argentina, $12, Bauer).

2010 Prado Rey “BL8 Birlocho’’ Rueda (white, Spain, $10, Bauer).


2009 Martilde Oltrepo Pavese Barbera (red, Italy, $12, Harvard General Store).

2008 Gran Familia Rioja (red, Spain, $12, Busa).

2010 Salvalai Valpolicella (red, Italy, $9, Shubie’s). “Dark with blue-ish tints; floral/rose aromas; bright; good acidity, slightly unripe fruit; good texture.’’ L.V.

2009 Les Plantagenets Saumur Rouge (red, France, $12, Harvard General Store).

2009 Domaine Philemon “Croix d’Azal’’ Gaillac (red, France, $12, Curtis).

2007 Le Roc “Le Classique’’ Fronton (red, France, $12, Harvard General Store).

2008 Poggio Romita “Fiorino’’ Chianti (red, Italy, $11, Curtis). “Very clean, attractive, slightly raisined aromas; shows a ripasso-like richness; nicely sweet and ripe.’’ S.M.

2010 Les Amadous Ventoux (red, France, $10, Harvard General Store).

2009 Castello La Leccia “Il Vivaio del Cavaliere’’ Toscano Rosso (red, Italy, $12, Bauer).

2010 Jean Orliac “Le Loup dans la Bergerie’’ Vin de Pays du Val de Montferrand (red, France, $12, Shubie’s).

2010 Vigouroux “Gouleyant’’ Cahors (red, France, $12, Bauer). “Plus acidity; Italian-like profile; medium-bodied; pleasing fruit.’’ B.R.

2009 Chemins des Olivettes Coteaux du Languedoc (red, France, $12, Bauer).

2010 Las Valles Carinena (red, Spain, $7, Busa). “Full, smooth, dusty tannins; pleasant, balanced fruit flavors.’’ B.R.

2010 Tenuta Sant’Antonio “Scaia’’ Corvina (red, Italy, $12, Curtis). “Juicy with some spice and welcome earthier notes; decent texture and good tannins for the table.’’ L.V.

2009 Cantina Santa Maria La Palma “Le Bombarde’’ Cannonau di Sardegna (red, Italy, $12, Shubies). “Really nice fresh quality with some pepper and spice, decent alcohol integration; nice, drier ‘bistro’ red.’’ C.G.

2008 Caza da Lua Douro (red, Portugal, $12, Shubies).

2010 Almira “Los Dos’’ Campo de Borja (red, Spain, $8, Busa).

2008 Felline “Alberello’’ Rosso Salento (red, Italy, $12, Curtis).

2010 Viu Manent Valle de Colchagua Carmenere (red, Chile, $9, Busa).

2009 Lavradores de Feitoria Douro (red, Portugal, $11, Bauer).

2008 Montupoli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (red, Italy, $10, Harvard General Store). “Ripe, high-toned fruit with cherry keynote; some brine and earth.’’ L.V.

2009 90+ Cellars “French Fusion’’ Languedoc (red, France, $11, Shubie’s).

2010 Boekenhoutskloof “The Wolftrap’’ Western Cape (red, South Africa, $10, Curtis).

2009 Domaine Jean Bousquet Mendoza Malbec (red, Argentina, $12, Bauer). “Rustic, earthy, Old World style.’’ B.R.

2008 Italo Pietrantoni “Etichetta Nera’’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (red, Italy, $12, Busa). “Beautifully balanced with good richness and pleasing juicy quality; good concentration; nicely composed.’’ S.M.