Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wine Mine

Discovered a great wine shop in Oakland last weekend, called the Wine Mine at 5427 Telegraph Ave. They have $1 wine tastings on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm, and when I went they were pouring several Italian bottles from “Central Italy” - Tuscany, Abruzzo and Sardinia. All less than $15, if I recall correctly. I was really impressed with the 2007 Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo that sells for $10.99.

On the nose I found anise, slight vanilla and some dark chocolate. In the mouth this wine was really juicy, featuring strawberries with a note of fennel and black pepper. Spicy tannins throughout.

It's a decent $10 bottle of wine for everyday drinking. Not too racy or exciting, but very pleasant and better than a lot of American bottles in the same price.

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