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Two Great Value Reds

12 Jul

Duckhorn Decoy 2009 Red Blend


I’ve enjoyed Duckhorn, a classic Napa vineyard, before. But I hadn’t enjoyed Decoy, one of their “second” wines. The color is deep ruby, the nose shows cassis and vegetation with hints of wood. In the mouth, it’s a decent combination of flavors- red plum, a little strawberry, some cassis. It feels like a melange of cabernet grapes blended with cab franc and syrah to provide a touch of oak, tobacco leaves and cocoa on the finish. Great with food, and available  for $16-20. This wine fits neatly into the ideal range of value wines with depth. This is a nice blend of Napa reds from a provider that takes a note from the classic French vintners to make a ‘second’ wine in the shadow of their main $70+ namesake cab. For the money, the Decoy can be a great deal. I paired this with a salad and a pasta seafood dish and adored every minute of it.

Renato Ratti Ochetti 2009 Nebbiolo


This wine starts off like a great pino noir and evolves from there. Red fruit on the nose, a palate bursting with fruit: blackberry, raspberry and a touch of strawberry. A quick, tight finish with a snap of floral elegance makes this wine drink well; it’s a great food wine. We opened this with appetizers, a combination of light and heavy flavors, the wine matched it step for step. From seafood to garlic spinach to truffle mashed potatoes, this wine was stunning. WS lists it at 90 points, it is a delicious, under-the-radar nebbiolo wine that is worth enjoying while you can get it. Online it sells for $15-23/bottle. I paid three times that in a restaurant and loved every drop!

A votre sante’ !

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