The wine smelled like the dead frog I once dissected in freshman biology class -- only not as good.
In the future, I'll try to stay away from terms like ethereal, sublime or orgasmic when describing the attributes in wine. Let me just say that the wines listed below are ones I have enjoyed for various sensory reasons that I hope I have described in a manner you will find useful.
2009 Entrada Sauvignon Blanc ($7): Not only an unbelievable value, this wine from Argentina is a refreshing mouthful of citruslike flavors. It has good acid balance and would be a nice porch-sipper or a good match with herb or vegetable dishes, such as pasta in a basil pesto sauce.
2007 Guenoc Chardonnay ($14): Round and richly flavored with just a kiss of oak, this medium-bodied chardonnay would make an excellent accompaniment to roasted chicken breast stuffed with chevre and sun-dried tomatoes.
2006 Cantele Salice Salentino ($13): From Puglia in the heel of Italy's boot, this is a red blend of obscure grapes that is an exceptional food wine. It has an aroma of ripe cherries and teaberry mint and flavors of plums with a subtle hint of oak. Excellently balanced, this wine would be a very nice match to grilled chicken or even stuffed and grilled flank steak.
2004 Beronia Rioja Reserva ($20): Aged for 18 months in barrels and another 18 months in bottle, this wine is quintessential Rioja with a soft and supple texture and round and ripe blackberry and cinnamon flavors. Has the feel and complexity of an aged Bordeaux at a fraction of the cost and would pair nicely with roasted pork tenderloin or prime rib.
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