Five Great Table Wines

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Just because table wines are not at par with the premium quality wines does not mean they cannot out-excel them. Some table wines are so good, they get a grade of 85 and above, which makes it a bargain find. Here are some of the best-tasting table wines in the market today.

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Jose Maria da Fonseca, Douro "Domini" 2003 – Costing around $18, this wine from Portugal’s famed Douro Valley is a combination of indigenous grapes Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz. Domini marks the presence of Jose Maria da Fonseca in Douro Valley, having a modern profile, deep ruby red color, fruity aroma, and smooth palette with persistent yet well-integrated tannins. Michael Franz gave its 2003 vintage a grade of 90, saying that complexity and elegance remain quite rare for dry red table wines, which Domini has achieved. Ideally served with red meats and soft cheeses.

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Altano Douro Reserva 2003 – This Douro (Portugal) table wine is available at around $18. It is made from Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, two varieties that seem to complement each other. However, this wine is thicker and bigger than its usual bottling. Michael Apstein gave it a score of 89, while Wine Spectator graded it as 91, calling it “one of the most exciting wines of 2006.” Apstein judged it as having suaveness and brightness that distinguishes itself from many Douro table wines, with fine structure and a remarkable finish.

 

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Segura Viudas, Penedes Xarel-lo Creu de Lavit 2003 – This Spanish white table wine, from Spain’s Penedes region, costs around $13. Made from Xarel-lo grapes, it is considered one of the best white wines in the country. It possesses a brilliant straw yellow color with greenish tones, with an aroma that would remind one of pineapples, apple, and quince. It is smooth and velvety on the palette, with well-integrated tannins of good intensity, as well as a medium intensity upon finish that would remind one of coffee and some liquorice. Ed McCarthy graded it as an 89.

 

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Conundrum, California White Table Wine 2005 – The main man of Conundrum Wines, Jon Bota, never reveals the exact composition of all his wines, thus the “puzzling” name, although the varieties are said to be Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semilion, Viognier, and Muscat. It is fragrant with a subtle Muscat aroma, backed by hints of ripe apple. Its tasted has a noticeable touch of fruit sweetness lifts the ample fruit, mixed with melon and apple and finished with a crisp mineral-citrus. Gerald D. Boyd gave it a grade of 89.

 

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection, California “Vinetta” 2005 – Even though it only costs around $11, this fabulous red table wine is made from five class Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 15 months in French oak. Gerald D. Boyd graded it as 85, noting that it has a wither medium plumy fruit, supported by brisk acidity, and moderate tannins. Enjoy this wine with grilled rib-eye or porterhouse steak, lamb chops, osso bucco, and flavorful cheeses.