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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1997 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to find a really interesting table wine in the $5 range, with the threshold for wines of quality approaching dangerously close to $10 as worldwide wine prices spiral crazily in these inflationary times.

But from time to time a good, modestly priced bottle shows up to prove the rule, and the Lurton family manages to do it consistently with wines from both France and Spain. This one ranks among the best bargains I've found all year, and I'm looking forward enthusiastically to trying its sibling, a Crianza (oak-aged) bottling of a similar wine for just a couple of dollars more.

Hermanos Lurton 1995 Tinto Fino Vino de Mesa de Castilla y León Tempranillo Rueda (Spain) Table Wine ($5.99)
Clear dark ruby. Lovely black-fruit aromas, cherry-berry and subtle vanilla. Flavors follow the nose, juicy and ripe; a bit soft in the acid balance, but it's a great quaff, clean, fresh and pleasant. Importer: Classic Wine Imports, Boston. (Nov. 29, 1997)

FOOD MATCH: The last of the Thanksgiving turkey went into a simple risotto with onions and Parmigiano, and this wine worked well to wash it down; its fruity qualities and relatively low acid didn't overwhelm the light risotto, and the cheese helped bring the wine and turkey meat together.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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