2006 Miguel Torres Penedès Viña Sol - Spain, Catalunya, Penedès (4/3/2009)
Screwcap sealed, served moderately chilled.
Firm lemony nose along with sauvignon blanc-like nettles. Nice tangy lemony acidity, but also some complexity arising in the form of some nuttiness and a faintly grassy/waxy finish that has surprising length for a wine of this stature.
All in all, no great surprise. A wine that consistently punches a little above it's weight and worked well with the plaice + smoked salmon risotto we matched it with tonight.
Well having tasted a sale bargain in my first post on the QPR theme, here's a challenger from the other camp - no reduction but often cited as offering value. Well it does offer good (though IMO not great) value. It's priced ~ £6 normally (though when I went to find the price on cellartracker, I notice the upmarket supermarket Waitrose currently has 25% off i.e. ~ £4.50). What would I pay? £7 would still offer value, but perhaps £8 would be a cut off where other wines start to offer competing value.
Where this also comes up trumps is on a wine list of a simple bistro or gastropub. If you assume they'd be charging up to £12 a bottle, then it still remains a reasonable proposition, together with good food matching possibilities and knowing the wine would count in it's favour when compared to other wines on the list.