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    Plonkapalooza: 50 reds and whites tasted

    Tasting notes (wines that received at least one vote are accompanied by a note) are from sommeliers Brahm Callahan, Jason Kilgore, Kate Moore, and Globe wine writer Ellen Bhang. The shop name with each wine is the retailer who nominated it. Most of the bottles have good
    distribution in our area. Check with your local wine shop, and if they don’t have the wine you are looking for, they can probably get it for you. Wines for this year’s tasting were purchased at
    Berman’s Wine and Spirits, Lexington (781-862-0515), D&L Liquors, Waltham (781-894-1907),
    Henry’s Wine Cellar, North Beverly (978-524-0300), Medfield Wine Shoppe, Medfield (508-359-4097), and Sudbury Wine & Spirits, Sudbury (978-443-1300).


    2011 Karl Pfaffmann Walsheim Riesling Trocken Pfalz (white, Germany, $14/liter, Medfield Wine Shoppe).


    2010 Marcel Hugg Pinot Blanc Reserve Alsace (white, France, $13, Berman’s Wine and Spirits). “Caramel, acacia honey, metallic/mineral.” Kate Moore

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    2011 Fuso Verdicchio di Matelica Marche (white, Italy, $14, D&L Liquors). “Flint, baked

    apple, curd, moderate length, rubber/vanilla note.” Jason Kilgore

    2011 Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie (white, France, $14, Sudbury Wine & Spirits).

    2011 Cave de Lugny “La Cote Blanche” Chardonnay Macon-Villages (white, France, $12, Henry’s Wine Cellar).


    2010 Steinfeld Gruner Veltliner (white, Austria, $12, D&L).

    2011 Cave de L’Aurore Macon-Chardonnay Grande Reserve (white, France, $13, Berman’s).

    2011 Torres “Sangre de Toro” Vina Sol Catalunya (white, Spain, $10, Medfield). “Soft ripe stone fruit, apricot, yellow cherry, slight phenolic bitterness.” Brahm Callahan

    2011 Nasiokos Moschofilero (white, Greece, $14, Sudbury).

    2010 Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta Rioja (white, Spain, $10, Berman’s). “Stone fruit on nose and palate, citrus notes.” Ellen Bhang


    2011 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc Walker Bay (white, South Africa, $15, D&L).

    2011 Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier (white, California,

    $13, Henry’s). “Floral, honeysuckle, richness on the palate, almond.” J.K.

    2011 Quinta da Raza “Dom

    Diogo” Alvarinho (white, Portugal, $14, Medfield).

    2011 Fondo Antico “I Versi

    Bianco” Sicilia (white, Italy,

    $9, D&L).

    2010 Domaine Augis Valencay (white, France, $14, Sudbury).

    2010 Sacha Lichine “La Poule Blanche” Languedoc (white, France, $11, Henry’s). “Blanched almonds and green notes, lovely acidity, citrus on the palate. Light on its feet.” E.B.

    2011 Brunn Gruner Veltliner Niederosterreich (white, Austria, $15/liter, Medfield). “Marzipan, frangipane, confectioners’ sugar.” K.M.

    2011 Famille Chaudiere “Le Paradou” Viognier (white, France, $12, D&L).

    2011 Seresin “Momo” Sauvignon Blanc Malborough (white, New Zealand, $15,


    2011 Cantina del Taburno

    Falanghina (white, Italy, $15, Berman’s). “Appetizing subtle nose, apples and herbs, bright balanced acidity.” E.B.

    2011 La Murola Passerina Marche (white, Italy, $12,


    2011 Apaltagua Reserva Chardonnay Casablanca Valley (white, Chile, $13, Henry’s).

    2011 Balnea Verdejo Rueda (white, Spain, $13, Henry’s). “Almond blossom, hibiscus, huskberries.” K.M.

    2011 Domaine Le Capitaine “Les Aumones” Vouvray Demi-Sec (white, France, $14, Sudbury). “Roses, soft dried flowers, honeysuckle, residual sugar, peach, apricot.” B.C.

    2011 La Cave des Vins de Sancerre “Le P’tit Loire” (white, France, $13, Berman’s).


    2010 Domaine de la Madone Beaujolais Le Perreon (red, France, $11, Berman’s).

    2009 Domaine Coste-

    Caumartin Bourgogne Pinot Noir (red, France, $15, Berman’s). “Roasted plum, dried thyme, cardamom, allspice. Soft fleshy plum, definitely a food wine.” K.M.

    2007 Sanzo “T” Tempranillo Roble Castilla y Leon (red, Spain, $13, Berman’s).

    2011 Jean-Marc Burgaud “Les Vignes de Thulon” Beaujolais Villages (red, France, $13, Sudbury).

    2009 Damien Lorieux Tuffeaux Bourgueil (red, France, $15, Sudbury). “Roasted coffee, red plum, raspberry, earth, full-bodied, fresh-turned earth, dried herbs.” B.C.

    2010 Camille Cayran “Le Pas de la Beaume” Cotes du Rhone (red, France, $10, Henry’s).

    2010 Jose Pastor Selections “Verasol” Tempranillo Navarra (red, Spain, $12, Henry’s).

    2009 Chateau la Guilbonnerie Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux (red, France, $14, Sudbury). “Dried herbs, tea leaf, game, plum.” J.K.

    2010 L’Ameillaud Vin de Pays de Vaucluse (red, France, $11, Berman’s).

    2009 Claud la Chapelle du

    Chateau la Rode Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux (red, France, $14, Medfield).

    2010 Vina Salamanca Rufete/Tempranillo Castilla y Leon (red, Spain, $14, Medfield).

    2009 Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya” Monastrell Jumilla (red, Spain, $14, Sudbury).

    2010 DalMaso Montemitorio Veneto Rosso (red, Italy, $15, Sudbury). “Cooked currant,

    eucalyptus, pomegranate juice, grip of acidity, elegant finish.” K.M.

    2008 Grilos Vinho Tinto Dao (red, Portugal, $13, D&L).

    “Vegetal, acorn, incense, cedar box, French oak. Aromas like a garden.” J.K.

    2009 Cuatro Pasos Mencia Bierzo (red, Spain, $15, D&L).

    2010 Fattoria Le Terrazze “Praeludium” Rosso Conero (red, Italy, $15, D&L).

    2010 H&M Hofer Zweigelt

    Niederosterreich (red, Austria, $15/liter, Henry’s). “Red cherry, raspberry, black cherry, tart pretty acidity, some new oak, spice.” B.C.

    2010 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson (red, South Africa, $10, D&L).

    2010 Aurora Rosso Piceno (red, Italy, $15, Sudbury). “Smoked meat, bacon, red cherry, a food wine.” E.B.

    2010 Domaine le Clos des

    Lumieres Cotes du Rhone (red, France, $15, Medfield).

    2011 Charles Brotte “Grand Vallon” Syrah (red, France, $9, Medfield).

    2011 Carletto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (red, Italy, $10,

    Medfield). “Barnyard, leather, surprisingly fruity palate, softer than expected, purple flowers.” J.K.

    2008 Harlaftis “Nemea” (red, Greece, $14, Henry’s). “Dried ripe cherry, raspberry, cranberry, leather, cedar, animal, spice, dried herbs.” B.C.

    2009 Hedges “C.M.S.”

    Columbia Valley (red, Washington, $14, D&L).

    2009 Rosenblum Cellars

    Vintner’s Cuvee Syrah (red, California, $13, Henry’s).