Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet? – New York Times

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Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet? – New York Times
Tasting Report: Why Plunk Down Good Money for Plonk?
WHITES
Steenberg South Africa Sauvignon Blanc 2004
$8
**½
Crisp, fresh, zesty and balanced, with unexpected depth. (Importer: Monsieur Touton Selections, New York)
Veramonte Casablanca Valley, Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2004
$7
**
Bone-dry and refreshing, with tart herb and mineral flavors. (Franciscan Estate Selections, Rutherford, Calif.)
Domaine Duffour Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2003
$7.40
**
Bright, intense fruit flavors, like sauvignon blanc except it’s colombard. (Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.)
Bodegas Salentein Mendoza, Argentina Sauvignon Blanc Finca el Portillo 2004
$9
**
Mild and refreshing, with citrus flavors. (San Francisco Wine Exchange)
Bolla Venezie I.G.T Pinot Grigio 2002
$10
**
Persistent melon, tropical fruit and honey flavors. (Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville, Ky.)
REDS
J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône 2001
$8
***
Earthy and balanced, with lingering fruit flavors and a great sense of place. (W. J. Deutsch & Sons, White Plains, N.Y.)
Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Épine 2002
$8
**
Balanced fruit and tannins, with a pleasing bitter flavor. (Wines of France, Mountainside, N.J.)
Bonny Doon California Ca’del Solo Big House Red 2003
$10
**
Not complex, but full of spicy fruit flavors.
Sumarroca Penedès Tempranillo Barrel-Aged 2002
$10

Herbal flavors, decent tannins. (Frontier Wine Imports, Dover, N.J.)
Bogle California Old Vine Zinfandel 2003
$9

Juicy and fruity, but a little too sweet.