This past weekend we went to Cape Cod where my kids were competing in a skating competition. I took enough wine for myself, but ended up short when I started doling it out to other parents who were there. I decided to stop at the local liquor store and pick something up. I was intrigued by the Valle Do Bonfim from 2006. It was only $10.95- I couldn’t go wrong, could I?
It was delicious. Still sporting some decent tannins, lovely fruit and that Portuguese terroir that I love. I did not take notes, instead I sat back and enjoyed what surely is an everyday drinking wine that has survived nine years of sitting on a store shelf in suboptimal conditions and has had the stuffing and structure to provide me with great pleasure. I would give this wine 89-90 points and 5 stars for sure. I hope to visit the same store next year, I’ll buy every bottle they have left!
The second bottle I bought is an old standby. You can’t go wrong with Chateau Ste. Michelle, ever. Good quality, highly distributed and reasonably priced. When in doubt or in a rush, this is a go-to wine. My notes-
Solid, reliable and reasonable. Hard to get a nose from a paper cup but the palate shows dark fruits, mild tannins and a balance of acidity. Dark plum and spices came around on another sip with a mid palate hint of plum torte and ginger which leads to a nice dry finish. 88 points and at $16 it is a good value with 3 stars from me. Salut….