Churchill's entire tasting was comprised of wines on the general list, in vintages or coming to vintages - so that makes it easy to recommend wines and easy for you, dear reader, to run out and get some.
And here is a list of the wines I deemed worth you getting into your car (or walking) to your local liquor retailer:
Robertson Winery 2006 Wolfkloof Shiraz ($17.75 – Vintages - South Africa) … nice blackberry and pepper on the nose; black raspberry and white pepper on both the palate and the finish.
Marcus James 2008 Merlot ($9.25 - General List – Argentina) … very fruit driven offering, most prominent of which, blueberry.
Hardys 2008 Stamp of Australia Riesling/Gewurztraminer ($9.60 – General List – Australia) ... still a big summer bargain – rosy-grapefruit with a touch of sweetness, big and fruity in the mouth - great price.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2006 Merlot ($19.80 - General Llist – California) … nice red fruit with chocolate and a lovely smoothness on the palate.
A little out of my price range … (but still worth buying)
Two very nice Napa wines: Robert Mondavi 2004 Merlot ($34.75 - Vintages – California) … chocolate and blueberry on the nose - sweet red cherries fill the mouth. Yum. Mount Veeder 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon ($50.00 – Vintages – California) … this had lots going for it on both the nose and palate: blackberry, cassis, spice, pepper, chocolate, and a big peppery-spicy finish.
My (would have been) “Run Out and Buy” wine:
This would've been a no-brainer. For some reason I've always passed up on this wine due to its over simplistic brown-stationary looking label, but tonight I would've gladly served it, or stored it. Deep black fruit, very juicy with a sweet red berry and spice finish, all at an unbelievable steal of a price: Blackstone 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Monterey ($14.95 – Vintages – California).
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