Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month.
• Château Famaey Rosé 2012 ($10, purchased, 12.5%): French rose famous because so many women say, “I want a dress that color.” But also fruity (strawberry, but not too much) and very pleasant. Consistent from vintage to vintage, and always a value.
• The Other Red 2010 ($10, purchased, 13.8%): Long-time favorite that was stunningly disappointing. This vintage was little more than just another Lodi red blend with lots of sweetish red fruit in the back and not much else. Sadly, a tarted up wine.
• Jekel Riesling 2011 ($16, sample, 12.5%): Surprisingly ordinary white that’s not cheap and not very riesling-like – just sugar water sweetness and missing almost any riesling varietal character like lemon or oiliness.
• Monte Velho White 2011 ($8, sample, 13.5%): Still clean, fresh and fruity (green apple?) despite being a previous vintage. But this is a heavier style of wine that needs food and probably something more substantial than a summer salad.