Plonkapalooza 2010 contenders: The full list of tested wines

The wines tasted were purchased from:

- Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors, Somerville, 617-623-9500
- Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, Cambridge, 617-225-0040
- Magnolia Wine Co., Watertown, 617-924-6040
- Wine Bottega, North End, 617-227-6607
- Winestone, Chestnut Hill, 617-264-0393

Most of the bottles have good distribution in our area; check with your local wine shop and be patient while they place orders at distributors.

Tasting notes with initials are from panelists Ellen Bhang, Kai Gagnon, Joan Johnson, and Stephen Meuse.

Use the table below to sort through the wines they put to the test and click here to print this list. For instance, if you click "price" below, you can quickly view all the wines surveyed in order from the cheapest ($9) to the most expensive ($16/liter), or if you click "type," you can easily sort through all reds or all whites.
NameTasting notesTypeCountry PriceStore
2005 Abbaye de Saint-Ferme “Les Vignes du Soir’’ Bordeaux Superieure“Blackcurrant, tar, warm oak, and spice. Better on the second taste.’’ E.B. RedFrance$9 Ball Square
2006 El Coto Rioja Crianza“Bright, pleasing aromatics; leanish sour cherry fruit; crisp, juicy, appetizing. Slight pruniness.’’ S.M. RedSpain$12 Ball Square
2007 Domaine Sallies Vin de Pays d’Oc Marselan“Pleasantly simple, leanish, tasty red fruits; little texture, but genuinely appealing.’’ S.M. RedFrance$12 Central Bottle
2007 Garrida DaoRedPortugal$12 Winestone
2007 Jekel Vineyards Santa Barbara County Pinot NoirRedUS$12 Ball Square
2007 Masciarelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo“Savory smoked meat aromas; cherry notes; moderately high acidity.’’ E.B. RedItaly$11 Magnolia
2007 Quinta da Lagoalva “Espirito’’ Vinho Regional TejoRedPortugal$12 Central Bottle
2008 Benvolio Friuli Grave Pinot GrigioWhiteItaly$11 Winestone
2008 Bodegas Piqueras “Castillo de Almansa’’ AlmansaRedSpain$11 Central Bottle
2008 Campo de Borja “Monte Oton,’’ Garnacha“Meaty, sanguine, cracked pepper; rich in fruit; some sappiness.’’ K.G. RedSpain$11 Magnolia
2008 Cave de Saumur, “Les Pouches’’ SaumurRedFrance$12 Wine Bottega
2008 Domaine Brunet Vin de Pays de la Mediterranee Pinot Noir“Cherry-like fruit with notes of oak and tobacco leaf. Mouthfilling acidity and pleasant astringency.’’ E.B. RedFrance$11 Winestone
2008 Domaine Brunet Vin de Pays d’Oc ChardonnayWhiteFrance$11 Winestone
2008 Domaine Forca Real “Mas de la Garrigue’’ Cotes du Roussillon Villages“Ripe berries, bit of raspberry; moderate acidity.’’ E.B. RedFrance$12 Central Bottle
2008 Forster Winzerverein Pfalz Riesling Kabinett Trocken“Rich, ripe, golden fruit; quince-pear; some minerality; on the edge of fizzy.’’ J.J. WhiteGermany$12/literCentral Bottle
2008 Gougenheim Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon“Minty cherry with notes of oak and menthol; moderate acidity.’’ E.B. RedArgentina$12 Winestone
2008 Gran Familia RiojaRedSpain$12 Winestone
2008 Iche “Les Heretiques’’ Vin de Pays de L’Herault“Sweaty saddle; some sweet cherry notes.’’ J.J. RedFrance$12 Wine Bottega
2008 Kenwood Vintage Red Blend, CaliforniaRedUS$12 Magnolia
2008 Li Veli “Primonero’’ IGT SalentoRedItaly$12 Central Bottle
2008 McManis Family California Petite SyrahRedUS$12 Magnolia
2008 Montaria Reserva, Vinho Regional AlentejanoRedPortugal$11 Wine Bottega
2008 Morse Code Padthaway ShirazRedAustralia$10 Ball Square
2008 Piazzo Barbera, PiedmontRedItaly$12 Wine Bottega
2008 Quinta do Alqueve Ribatejo“Nose delicately intense; tart apple and lemon on the palate. Nice.’’ E.B. WhitePortugal$12 Central Bottle
2008 Schlossmuhlenhof Dornfelder Rheinhessen Trocken“Black fruit and blueberry profile; somewhat overly extracted, but finishes nicely.’’ J.J. RedGermany$16/literWine Bottega
2008 Tilia Salta TorrontesWhiteArgentina$10 Winestone
2008 ZUM Mosel RieslingWhiteGermany$12 Wine Bottega
2009 Altos Las Hormigas Mendoza MalbecRedArgentina$11 Winestone
2009 Bodegas Castano Yecla MonastrellRedSpain$12 Magnolia
2009 Cardeto “Pierleone’’ Orvieto ClassicoWhiteItaly$12 Winestone
2009 Case Ibidini IGT Sicilia Insolia“White flower — quince/pear with nutty and honey notes. Lovely acids; aromas evolve toward umami.’’ K.G.WhiteItaly$12 Wine Bottega
2009 Ca’Momi Napa Valley ChardonnayWhiteUS$12 Magnolia
2009 Chimney Creek Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc“Herbal and grapefruit aromas; lemon and grapefruit brighten the palate; nice balance of acid and heat; pleasant herbal finish.’’ E.B. WhiteNew Zealand$11 Magnolia
2009 Cincinatto “Castore’’ IGT Lazio“Appealing apple-pear fruit with trace of anise; some heft, but clean and appetizing; good dose of minerality; acidity a trifle low.’’ S.M. WhiteItaly$11 Central Bottle
2009 Domaine Felines Jourdan Languedoc Picpoul de PinetWhiteFrance$11 Ball Square
2009 Domaine Haut-Marin “Cuvee Marine’’ Cotes de Gascogne“Modest aromas but good freshness and zip; crisp apple-pear fruit and clean finish.’’ S.M.WhiteFrance$12 Wine Bottega
2009 Fontezoppa Verdicchio di Matelica“Fresh citrus and citrus leaf nose; balanced acidity; citrus and green herb flavors; slight bitterness on finish.’’ E.B. WhiteItaly$11 Ball Square
2009 Garcia Revalo “Casamaro’’ RuedaWhiteSpain$10 Central Bottle
2009 Henri Bourgeois “Petite Bourgeois,’’ Vin du Pays de Val de Loire Sauvignon BlancWhiteFrance$12 Magnolia
2009 Las Brisas RuedaWhiteSpain$11 Magnolia
2009 MandraRossa “Fiano,’’ IGT SiciliaWhiteItaly$9 Ball Square
2009 Mas Carlot “Tradition’’ Costieres de Nimes“Good weight of fruit with crisp acidity; some fleshiness. A garnish of minerality; well-balanced and even-tempered.’’ S.M. WhiteFrance$10 Ball Square
2009 Mas de Guiot Vin de Pays du Gard“Grenache-like white pepper and sage; blackberry-like fruit; simple, rocky minerality.’’ K.G. RedFrance$10 Ball Square
2009 Oveja Negra Maule Valley Sauvignon Blanc-Carmenere Reserva“Orange blossom and green mango; very clean, pure with nice focus; acidity ties everything together.’’ K.G. WhiteChile$10 Ball Square
2009 Saint-Peyre Coteaux du Languedoc Picpoul de Pinet“Melony fruit; notes of grass and hay; impression of wet stone at the back; well-focused.’’ K.G. WhiteFrance$11 Central Bottle
2009 Santa Ema Maipo Valley Sauvignon BlancWhiteChile$9 Winestone
2009 Steenberg Western Cape Sauvignon BlancWhiteSouth Africa$12 Magnolia
2009 Trere Pagadebit di Romagna FrizzanteWhiteItaly$12 Wine Bottega
2009 Weingut Hofer Landwein Gruner Veltliner“Stony minerality and good acidity.’’ J.J. WhiteAustria$12/literBall Square
NameTasting notesTypeCountry PriceStore