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The Weekly Dozen - High & Low

Most high-priced wine and spirits can justify their prices by their quality, the work that went into the wine and sometimes by their rarity. But fortunately, many inexpensive bottles are also quite good and real bargains.

This week, we have a good mixture of both.

2017 Reata Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($20). Straightforward and crisp with creamy spice in the finish.

2018 Swanson San Benito Pinot Grigio ($21). One of the best Grigios I’ve tasted outside of northeastern Italy – quite floral, yet racy and well-balanced.

2017 Jordan Russian River Chardonnay ($31). Very lively and fresh-apple fruity –almost juicy – finished with a dash or two of creamy oak.

2017 Ott “Château de Selle’ Côtes de Provence Rosé ($52). Fullish in body with light citrus flavors and lots of metallic minerality.

2015 LAN Rioja Crianza ($13). A bargain and delicious, with very smooth and lightly creamy berry flavors with good tannins and structure.

2015 Inama Veneto Caremere “Piu” Rosso IGP ($21). Bordeaux-like, with nice combo of dried yet still juicy red fruits and light green herbal flavors.

2012 LAN “Lanciano” Rioja Reserva ($23). Nice lean flavors and textures with mellow wood notes.

2015 Left Coast “Latitude 45” Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($31). The same geographic parallel as Burgundy, btw – Very well done, with rich concentration of ripe raspberry flavors, without being heavy or sweet, and with good texture.

2014 Zuccardi “José Zuccardi” Valle de Uco Malbec ($43). Ripe, rich but not overly concentrated cherry flavors with nice savory notes – smooth and complex, yet refreshing.

2015 Luce Toscana IGT ($106). Lovely, smooth cherry fruit with intriguing savory notes and well-integrated tannins.

Kentucky Owl “Confiscated” Bourbon ($125). At 48.2%. Lightly spicy with lots of vanilla and splintery oak – lots of bite. A serious whiskey.

Prices listed are generally SRP or from

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