2009 Buttonwood Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley, California, $26.00 (buttonwoodwinery.com)
I find it challenging in Southwest Virginia to find Cabernet Franc, so when I saw this opportunity from a new AVA (for me), I seized it. I purchased this wine as part of Wine Berserkers‘ annual Berserker Day and I was not disappointed. This wine is lovely, with gorgeous aromas of blueberries and violets and flavors of blueberry and mocha. I am so glad this was a two-pack purchase and I still have another bottle.
2010 Château d’Aquéria Tavel, around $10.00 (frankswine.com)
What a find and what a steal of a deal! According to a Wall Street Journal article, The Château d’Aqueria has been making Tavel rosé for more than 400 years in the southeast part of the appellation. This is a robust, primarily Grenache-based rosé (52% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 11% Mourvedre, 9% Cinsault, 9% Clairette, 6% Bourboulenc, 2% Picpoul) that sees no oak. It has lots of juicy strawberry and raspberry with a touch of orange peel on the finish. This was a birthday special at around $10 from Frank’s Wine in Wilmington, Delaware. Thank you, Frank!
2012 Crios de Susana Balboa Torrontés, Argentina, around $15.00 (wine.com)
I tasted this wine as part of a Whole Foods Market Twitter tasting on March 14, 2013. This was one of my favorites from the tasting. It was my first ever Torrontés. What I found intriguing about this wine was its floral aromas and playful duality of sweetness and acidity, although it’s a dry wine. I tasted a multitude of fruit flavors: honeydew, lime, orange, peach, pear, tangerine, and tropical fruits. This is the quintessential warm weather wine.
2012 Argento Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina, around $10.00 (wine-searcher.com)
This was my second ever Bonarda and in my mind, the best to date. Bonarda is Argentina’s second most planted grape (second to Malbec). There is some debate surrounding the origin of the grape, but it’s believed that it’s the same grape known as Charbono in California. At any rate, this was also one of my favorites from the Whole Foods Twitter tasting, very smooth and balanced with earthy aromas and rich flavors of raspberry, plum, and a touch of oak.