Wine experts Butch and Lenny, share their favorite picks of the month.
Dorignac’s Food Center’s director of wine and spirits, Butch Steadman and Lenny Keller, choose 10 wines that capture the essence of great-tasting, quality wines that don’t come with a big price tag. Thanks to a glut of unsold wine after a series of bountiful vintages from around the world, winemakers are offering quality wine at a low price because of the quantity on the market. It’s time for Dorignac’s customers to take advantage of this opportunity.
Butch’s Red Wine Picks
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel
California 2004, $9.99
This Lodi Zinfandel explodes with flavors of blackberries and cassis. This wine is very intense accompanied with a smooth finish.
Woop Woop Shiraz
Australia 2004, $9.99
Wine Spectator Rated 86 points. This is a big tasting red wine. Matured in French and American Oak, at 15% alcohol, it is surprisingly well balanced. The flavor is of great intensity with hues of blackberry, blueberry and a mass of Shiraz fruit.
Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma 2003, $9.99
This well-crafted and complex wine showcases fresh flavors of black cherry, currant and spice.
Fuente del Ritmo Temparanillo
Spain 2004, $9.99
Wine Spectator Rated 87 points. Well balanced with lots of strawberry and cherry fruit, this classic Spanish wine has a very smooth finish and pairs well with pasta or pork.
Crane Lake Petite Sirah
California 2003, $6.99
This is my favorite red for the price. Excellent flavors of classic California Petite Sirah accompanied with lots of currant and black cherry flavors. Smooth to the finish.
Lenny’s White Wine Picks
South Australia 2005, $9.99
Wine Spectator Rated 89 points. Bright and round with a coconut edge to pear and tropical fruit flavors lingering nicely on the polished finish.
Chile 2005, $8.99
Wine News Rated 90. Winemaker of the year in 2002 and in 2006. This wine is smooth, medium-bodied and serves up flavors of ripe fruit.
Crane Lake Sauvignon Blanc
Light-bodied and delicate to the palate, this Sauvignon Blanc serves up floral, citrus and herbal flavors and ends with a crisp note.
Hogue Pinot Grigio
Columbia Valley –Washington, $7.99
A Pinot Grigio with melon and fruit flavors and hints of nuts, spice and honey.
Kris Pinot Grigio
Italy 2005, $9.99
Wine Advocate Rated 88. This wine has a beautiful nose that reveals hints of honeyed lemon, orange and pears and is crisp and lightto medium-bodied.