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GRAPE PRESS: Fantastic Value

from GBA

"It's good for the price." You've heard that, no doubt, and usually it means it's a so-so bottle that sells for not much. Avoid those. What you want is great wine no matter what the price, as long as it's cheap. And that is easy to find, especially when you look in Spain and, in France, the southern Rhone Valley and Languedoc. The three wines being used as examples, below, are described in terms taken from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

The 2015 Triton Tinta De Toro is a gorgeous example of Toro, known for its full-throttle, intense wines. Parker rated this one 94 points ("outstanding wine of exceptional complexity") and said it would last through 2026; almost identical to the quality and longevity assessment for the 2014 Quivet Cellars that sells for $125 per bottle. Triton sells for $15.

The 2015 AOP Languedoc les Darons is made from 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Carignan. This medium- to full-bodied, plump, rounded, downright sexy 2015 has lots of blueberry, violets, and jammy black-cherry aromas and flavors; it has terrific purity of fruit, good acidity, and an overriding sense of elegance. Rated 93 points (better than the 2014 Favia's 92+), this beauty can be had for less than $10. (Favia is $175.)

Also from the Languedoc, the 2014 Saint-Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec is rated 93 points. A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, and 20% Carignan, it sports an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wild herbs, and violet-like aromas and flavors. This full-bodied, sexy, supple, and yet-still fresh and lively 2014 will drink nicely on release and have 4-5 years of evolution. The price? $15.60.

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