No, the Wine Roundup is not some event Trader Joe's sponsors out in its Wild West locations like Santa Fe, it's just me rounding up some empties I wanted to post about before chucking them.
Chateau Haut Sorillon, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2010. Tasty and medium bodied, not complex but fairly balanced and without any of the characteristics that can be offputting in inexpensive Bordeaux. Excellent with tomato and pasta salad and with bread and cheese (Manchego and Cambozola) while picnicking at St. John's College's Wednesday night Music on the Hill. Kind of the straight-ahead hard bop of wine...gets the job done in a satisfying but not ultra-flashy or revelatory way, like one of your more your basic Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan cuts. Very good value at 8 bucks. Lessay 8 points or so on my 10 point scale that goes to 11. 85 on a Parkeresque scale.
Looks like one NatashaZ93 is keeping far better track than I have time or capacity to, of the TJ value parade...here's her take on the Haut S.
Panilonco Carménère DOC Colchagua (Chile) 2011 Reserva. I liked the 2009. I like this too, maybe even better. Uncomplicated, good varietal flavor, good plush fruitiness and a bit of green tomatoey acidity (but not too much). Yup. This'll set you back all of 4 bucks. I'd say 7.5 points... 83 on a Parkerish scale.
Bois de Lamothe AOC Côtes de Duras 2010 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon. Good stuff. Along the same lines as the Haut Sorillon (very Bordeaux like) but a bit more austere and rustic, and possibly a hint of something funky in the nose but not enough to be offputting. Good flavors of blackberry, a little vegetality to add complexity, maybe even a bit of tarriness. Another 4 buck wonder! If one must rate, I'd say the same as above... 7.5, or 83 Parkeresque points. No, not that Parker... this is more like early Jackie McLean.
I blended together the last glass or so worth of the Panilonco and the Lamothe after they'd been sitting in the fridge for close on a week...it made quite a good blend, possibly even better than each wine alone. Panilonco added lushness, the Lamothe restrained the Carménère's fruitiness a bit.