So drum roll please.....And for those of you who take your wine more seriously ("Excuse me, do you have any Grey Poupon?), I've also included a brief description and a helpful image of the wine label---I know it helps me (I only "get it" if it's visual!)
Monasterio de Santa Cruz 2008--"From a great small estate, this delicious gem is a must-try for fans of fruity Rioja and Ribera. Monasterio is a red you know you can rely on ... mouthfillingly rich and mellow, crafted by one of Spain's winemaking masters - and amazing value given its quality credentials. Tarragona has long been an insider's secret. Its soaring temperatures and ancient vineyards produce wines of remarkable intensity. Here, winemaker Mario Garcia combines deeply aromatic Monastrell with a dash of noble Tempranillo for a deliciously smooth red."
H J. Fabre Malbec 2009--"Hervé is at it again! Judges recently awarded his 2009 Reserva the gold medal at the 2011 Argentina Wine Awards. Seventeen years ago, Hervé and Dianne Fabre left their native Bordeaux for Argentina and now run one of the country’s leading estates. Rigorous vineyard management keeps grape yields low (and flavor and color concentration high) while the non-use of herbicides benefits both the local environment and the wine. The result? Hervé's 2009 Reserva is an utterly delicious barrel-aged classic with intense color, a fragrant nose of chocolate and blackberry and considerable flavor complexity. If you like to drink wine with your steak, this is red for you."
The Patriots Merlot--"8,000 miles, 1,000 wines - one gloriously smooth Merlot! The Patriots has Bordeaux style elegance plus a smooth juiciness that's uniquely Chilean - gently oaked with silken berry flavours. And the Santa Rita estate (highly regarded by fine wine critic Robert Parker) helped shape Chile's history - its cellar proved a useful hiding place for Chilean patriots fighting for independence from Spain in 1814."
Clos de los Siete Super Red Blend 2008--"A collaborative project by seven producers under the banner of Michel Rolland, this is a blend of composed of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Very dark in the glass, this is not a shy wine.
critical acclaim:"Quite ripe, but focused and juicy, with blueberry, açaí berry and bramble notes laced with fruitcake and spice hints. A nice briary edge keeps the finish honest. Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now. " 89 Points
Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot 2007--This inky, ruby red Merlot has developed aromas of toasted oak, blackberry and baking spice that segues into a round, full-bodied wine with great concentration, strong tannins and black cherry flavors. This is a serious Merlot that Cabernet lovers may want to savor. This full-bodied Merlot is a perfect match for meaty dishes made of beef or lamb or more subtle pairings built around earthy flavors, such as mushrooms and herbs."
Trumpeter Malbec 2010--"Inky and dense with attractive berry aromas and a touch of cinnamon and sweet spice. A fully, fruity wine, with excellent body, intense tannins, flavors of cherry, blackberry, boysenberry and plum intermingled with hints of cardamom and pepper, and a long, full finish."
Luccarelli Pazzia Primitivo Di Manduria Old Vines 2007 750ML--"Intense ruby red colour; wide and complex to the nose. Fruity with prunes and slightly spicy. Full-bodied wine, soft and rich with fine tannins; notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla on the finish."
$29.99/bottle USA (This was one I had out at a restaurant)
Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2007--#90 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010. "Deep red color with hints of purple. Expressive on the nose with notes of ripe black fruits, violets, and tobacco. Long finish. 100%, 12 months in first and second use french oak barrels 10 months before release."
critical acclaim: "Very ripe and primal still, delivering a large core of velvety textured raspberry, fig and boysenberry fruit that is liberally laced with dark toast, pastis and roasted vanilla. Should settle in nicely with modest cellaring, as the structure is dense, but polished and integrated. Drink now through 2011. 61,000 cases imported."
$14.99/bottle at Gary's Wine and Marketplace(one of my new favorites!)
Brunello di Montalcino--"Colour: ruby red closer to pomegranate, after some years acquires a tint of amber. Aroma: complex intensive and elegant bouquet with scent of undergrowth and predominance of violet and musk. Taste: the taste is strong, hot, dry but not much, pleasantly tanninic, lively, harmonious and lingering."
$27-$62 Depending on the year
2007 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre--Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate 90 Points. "
Ok so now here's the BAD WINE LIST! I don't remember why these made the list whether it was taste or headache, but in any event, they're here and I don't recommend them. Luckily, there were only 2. :)
TriVento Amado Sur Torrontes 2009
Cecchi Bonizio Sangiovese di Maremma Toscana