This may be the hardest thing I have to face every month. Finding a wine to feature in the front of the store that I feel at least 80% of the customers who buy it will like it. It takes a lot of thought and a lot of tasting. This month I found a wine from the other side of the pond that I feel fits the bill.
2009 Chateau Damase Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux, France)… $12.
Aromas of cherries, leather a touch of old world stink and a hint of tobacco and candied cherries on the back-end. Soft structured tannins, support notes of currant, leather and cherry notes on the palate. A heavy dose of tobacco joins the party on the mid-palate leading into a finish of minerals, cherries and currants. This little gem features enough fruit to satisfy the new world palate, and enough old world attitude to satisfy the rest. I realize not everyone will like this, but for the price, I think this is a steal, and an above average wine. 85% Merlot, 10% Carmenere and 5% Petit Verdot. (B/B+)
Stan The Wine Man