This $12 malbec is tender, fruity and kosher for Passover



Clarification: Dave McIntyre’s wine suggestions from Feb. 16 have been by chance printed once more this week. The duplicated info has been deleted. Listed here are his urged wines for this week.

We’ve three scrumptious crimson wines to advocate this week, together with two bargains. One among these is a kosher malbec from Chile, appropriate for Passover (beginning April 5) or anytime; the opposite comes from a vineyard in Portugal that produces a number of excellent, inexpensive reds. Our third wine is a nebbiolo from an space of northern Italy referred to as Valtellina, the place the grape achieves a distinct expression than it does additional west within the extra well-known Piemonte wines of Barolo and Barbaresco.

(2 stars)

Central Valley, Chile, $12

That is malbec displaying off its tender and fruity facet, with simply sufficient tannin hidden beneath the fruit to carry it collectively. One other signal of high quality — a number of days after opening, with simply the cork caught again within the bottle, the wine continues to be scrumptious. And kudos for the environmentally pleasant mild bottle! Kosher for Passover, Mevushal, Vegan, Gluten-free. Alcohol by quantity: 13 p.c. Bottle weight: 390 grams (Mild).

Imported and distributed domestically by DMV Distributing.

Casa Santos Lima Bonavita Tinto 2019

(2 stars)

Casa Santos Lima, situated about an hour north of Lisbon, produces a formidable array of excellent high quality, cheap reds. The mix for this one isn’t listed on the label, however solely your nerdiest of wine nerd pals will care. This wine was not made for wonking, however for having fun with with informal, hearty fare. ABV: 14 p.c. BW: 455 grams (Mild).

Imported by Artisans & Vines. Distributed domestically by Artisans & Vines and LK Wine Tours & Sales.

Nera Belviso 1380 Valgella Riserva Valtellina Superiore 2018

(3 stars)

Valtellina is an alpine area in northern Lombardy. The crimson wines are nebbiolo, however a lot completely different from the large, earthy, mushroomy variations of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piemonte to the west. In Valtellina, nebbiolo achieves a shiny berry high quality, accented with mountain pine. If nebbiolo have been a piano, Valtellina is a lilting right-hand melody, whereas Piemonte is a rousing left-hand refrain. Winemaker Pietro Nera additionally makes a scrumptious Sforzato di Valtellina ($55), produced from air-dried grapes to pay attention the flavors. Because the identify implies, it’s a extra forceful wine, filling within the melody with deeper chords. ABV: 13 p.c. BW: 550 grams (Common).

Imported and distributed domestically by Wide Roots.

Costs are approximate. For availability, test, and the web sites and social media feeds of the wineries, importers or distributors. You may as well ask your native retailer to order wines from the distributors listed.

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