Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Well-priced bottles
This well-priced trio will give you lots of pleasure without breaking the bank. Find them via WineAlign.com/MargaretsPicks.
Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Sherry
$15.95 (88 Points)
Southern Spain’s bone-dry fino sherries are the ultimate aperitif that sets up your hunger. The aromatics of this Palomino Fino Extra Dry are traditional and classic — slightly yeasty and nutty. The ultra-dry, light taste perks up the palate with hints of salted almonds and green apples. Serve chilled with olives, seafood tapas or mild cheeses.
La Posta Cocina Tinto 2010
$12.95 (88 Points)
La Posta is Laura Catena’s tribute to the small family grape farmers of Argentina. This red from Mendoza is a blend of 60% malbec with 20% each of bonarda and syrah. Medium-full bodied, deep garnet in colour, it’s mouth-filling with a sweet, ripe red-berry pie flavour. Plump on the palate with hints of semisweet chocolate, it’s friendly, smooth and easy to drink.
Château des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc 2010
$14.95 (88 Points)
This St. David’s Bench Vineyard white, from a single block planted in 1993, benefits from limestone bedrock rich in calcium. Made entirely in stainless steel to preserve freshness and allow its minerality to shine, its fresh bouquet is forward with gooseberry notes. Silky textured with lively lemon lime zing, it has just hints of ripe tropicals and lots of good fruity appeal.