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Plonkapalooza 2011: The 50 contenders

Use the table below to sort the 50 wines by name, type (red/white), country of origin, price, and the stores at which they're available. 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. See photos from the tasting.

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NameTasting notesTypeCountryPriceStore
2007 Le Roc “Le Classique’’ FrontonNo commentRedFrance$12 Harvard General Store
2008 Caza da Lua DouroNo commentRedPortugal$12 Shubie's
2008 Felline “Alberello’’ Rosso SalentoNo commentRedItaly$12 Curtis
2008 Gran Familia RiojaNo commentRedSpain$12 Busa
2008 Italo Pietrantoni “Etichetta Nera’’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo“Beautifully balanced with good richness and pleasing juicy quality; good concentration; nicely composed.’’ S.M.RedItaly$12 Busa
2008 Montupoli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo“Ripe, high-toned fruit with cherry keynote; some brine and earth.’’ L.V.RedItaly$10 Harvard General Store
2008 Poggio Romita “Fiorino’’ Chianti“Very clean, attractive, slightly raisined aromas; shows a ripasso-like richness; nicely sweet and ripe.’’ S.M.RedItaly$11 Curtis
2008 Weingut Querbach “Riesling Classic’’ Rheingau“Wet stone and slate; pear; slight petrol note; peach; hint off-dry, clean finish.’’ B.R.WhiteGermany$12 Bauer
2009 90+ Cellars “French Fusion’’ LanguedocNo commentRedFrance$11 Shubie's
2009 Cantina Santa Maria La Palma “Le Bombarde’’ Cannonau di Sardegna“Really nice fresh quality with some pepper and spice, decent alcohol integration; nice, drier ‘bistro’ red.’’ C.G.RedItaly$12 Shubie's
2009 Castello La Leccia “Il Vivaio del Cavaliere’’ Toscano RossoNo commentRedItaly$12 Bauer
2009 Chemins des Olivettes Coteaux du LanguedocNo commentRedFrance$12 Bauer
2009 Domaine Jean Bousquet Mendoza Malbec“Rustic, earthy, Old World style.’’ B.R.RedArgentina$12 Bauer
2009 Domaine Philemon “Croix d’Azal’’ GaillacNo commentRedFrance$12 Curtis
2009 Finca La Linda Mendoza ViognierNo commentWhiteArgentina$12 Bauer
2009 Fontezoppa Verdicchio di MatelicaNo commentWhiteItaly$10 Harvard General Store
2009 Lavradores de Feitoria DouroNo commentRedPortugal$11 Bauer
2009 Les Plantagenets Saumur RougeNo commentRedFrance$12 Harvard General Store
2009 Louis Metereau “Petit Mouton’’ MuscadetNo commentWhiteFrance$12 Shubie's
2009 Martilde Oltrepo Pavese BarberaNo commentRedItaly$12 Harvard General Store
2009 Montagne Blanche Coteaux du VendomoisNo commentWhiteFrance$10 Curtis
2009 Seebrich Niersteiner Oelberg Riesling“Sweet, lush stone fruit; expressive in the finish; nice off-dry wine; most vibrant of the bunch.’’ C.G.WhiteGermany$12 Curtis
2010 Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2010No commentWhiteItaly$12 Bauer
2010 Almira “Los Dos’’ Campo de BorjaNo commentRedSpain$8 Busa
2010 Barker’s Marque Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc“Plus acidity; grassy-grapefruit; long finish.’’ B.R.WhiteNew Zealand$12 Shubie's
2010 Boekenhoutskloof “The Wolftrap’’ Western CapeNo commentRedSouth Africa$10 Curtis
2010 Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc “Beyond’’ Coastal RegionNo commentWhiteSouth Africa$10 Curtis
2010 Domaine des Cassagnoles Cotes de Gascogne“More complex nose; mild fruit and oak; medium long finish; mineral citrus profile; nice acidity.’’ BETSY ROSSWhiteFrance$10 Curtis
2010 Domaine Laballe “Sables Fauves’’ Terroirs LandaisNo commentWhiteFrance$12 Shubie's
2010 Domaine Labbe Abymes Vin de Savoie “Off-dry, nice stone fruit. Sweetness, refreshing, slight spritz.’’ CHRIS GRAEFFWhiteFrance$12 Harvard General Store
2010 Domaine La Haute Fevrie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie“Vanilla, melon, lemon, lime, minerals. Plus-level acidity.’’ LIZ VILARDIWhiteFrance$12 Harvard General Store
2010 Domaine L’Enclos Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne“Rather bright fruit with some very lively acidity; peachy, bit tart.’’ STEPHEN MEUSEWhiteFrance$10 Shubie's
2010 Henri de Richemer Cotes de Thau PiquepoulNo commentWhiteFrance$10 Busa
2010 Huber “Hugo’’ Gruner Veltliner“Beautifully clean and fresh; nice balance of soil, fruit, and acidity; fully dry, or very nearly so.’’ S.M.WhiteAustria$12 Busa
2010 Jean Marc Lafage “Cote Est’’ Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes“Greenish, unripe fruit; limey nose; plus acidity, racy albarino-esque finish.’’ B.R.WhiteFrance$12 Shubie's
2010 Jean Orliac “Le Loup dans la Bergerie’’ Vin de Pays du Val de MontferrandNo commentRedFrance$12 Shubie's
2010 La Murola “Andrea Baccius Q’’ IGT Marche BiancoNo commentWhiteItaly$12 Curtis
2010 Las Valles Carinena“Full, smooth, dusty tannins; pleasant, balanced fruit flavors.’’ B.R.RedSpain$7 Busa
2010 Les Amadous VentouxNo commentRedFrance$10 Harvard General Store
2010 Marques de Caceres RiojaNo commentWhiteSpain$10 Busa
2010 Prado Rey “BL8 Birlocho’’ RuedaNo commentWhiteSpain$10 Bauer
2010 Raymond Napa Valley Sauvignon BlancNo commentWhiteUSA$12 Bauer
2010 Salvalai Valpolicella“Dark with blue-ish tints; floral/rose aromas; bright; good acidity, slightly unripe fruit; good texture.’’ L.V.RedItaly$9 Shubie's
2010 Tenuta Sant’Antonio “Scaia’’ Corvina“Juicy with some spice and welcome earthier notes; decent texture and good tannins for the table.’’ L.V.RedItaly$12 Curtis
2010 Vignarco Orvieto Classico“Good structure, richer, balanced, good attack, good acidity.’’ C.G.WhiteItaly$12 Harvard General Store
2010 Vignerons de Buxy Bourgogne AligoteNo commentWhiteFrance$12 Busa
2010 Vigouroux “Gouleyant’’ Cahors“Plus acidity; Italian-like profile; medium-bodied; pleasing fruit.’’ B.R.RedFrance$12 Bauer
2010 Viu Manent Valle de Colchagua CarmenereNo commentRedChile$9 Busa
2010 Weingut J. Linden Mosel Riesling“Apple-floral nose; limey-citrus palate; big fruit/bright acid; complex, refreshing finish.’’ B.R.WhiteGermany$11 Busa
2010 Winzer Krems Kremser Weinzierl“Lovely balance of fruit and acid here; little piney; clean, brisk profile; everything in place; nothing sticking out; tip top.’’ S.M.WhiteAustria$12/literHarvard General Store
NameTasting notesTypeCountryPriceStore