Saturday's Tasting Line-up:
The Rias Baixas fruit sources are far better today that when this was offered as a Martín Codax wine years ago. A bold Albariño with rich acids.
Tiré Bouchon Bourgogne Aligoté '09 $14.99/$11.99
Very high-quality Aligoté coming from a secret source in the Cote d'Or. This will make you hungry for shellfish or fondue.
Chateau La Nauze Cotes de Castillon '04 $8.99/$7.19
A maturing Bordeaux from a modest property. Scents of herb, licorice, tobacco, leather and soft redcurrant fruit.
Venturini Valpolicella '09 $12.99/$10.39
Our latest exciting find in very affordable Valpolicella. This is not a baby Amarone; It is a soft, elegant expression of traditional Valpolicella varieties.
Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau '07 $19.99/$15.99
From the growers behind several Chateauneuf-du-Papes of great pedigree, this Rasteau promises to have much character in store.
Hesketh Shiraz The Protagonist '08 $19.99/$15.99
From gnarled old Shiraz vines in Australia's Barossa Valley, this offers the expected ripeness and texture, but backs it up with balance and structure.