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Wine(s) of the Week – DECEMBER 15th

Winter’s here, virtually, and colder weather with it. It’s time for hearty reds that warm our bodies and our spirits.
Woodbridge by Mondavi’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a line of wines designed for everyday drinking. With scents of dark cherry and blueberry, it has hints of toast and spice. Wine is one of Robert Mondavi’s passions and this one, moderately priced, fits the bill.
De Toren Z 2014 calls itself (and is) an “approachable” wine for chillier days and warms the spirit and the body. From South Africa, it brings richness and complexity to the table. Sip it and savor as it gains in age and body, bring what it makers describe as a “luxurious” win to the table.
Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend, 2017, also from South Africa, blends 37 percent Pinotage with 36 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and two percent Cabernet Franc to create a dry red wine with deep notes of cherry and plum. Made in Stellenbosch, the home of many excellent wineries in the country, it has hints of spice on the finish.
Waterbrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley comes from Walla Walla in Washington State, where the winery was one of the first there. The name comes from Nez Perce Indians and means “Running Water.” Ripe currant and plum combine with toasted oak and chocolate for richness and a smooth finish.
Lab of Portugal 2015 offers a price point for everyday sippers and comes from the region of Lisboa where the climate is well suited for making quality vintages. It blends Castelao (35 percent) with Tinto Roriz (25 percent), Syrah (25 percent) and Touriga Nacional, 15 percent. It’s aged in Portuguese new oak barrels for four months. Moderate pricing and quality come together to offer good value.
Chasseur De Calloux 2017 is from Cotes Du Rhone where its name means “pebble hunter” for the region where there are vast numbers of pebbles covering the vineyards. This Southern Rhone Valley wine brings us flavors of blackberry and blueberry. The wine is 14.6 percent ABV and blends 30 percent Grenache with 30 percent Syrah and 20 percent Carignan. The winery tells us it pairs well with pork and at the bottom of the label is a small drawing of a little white pig.
El Barrio 2017 Chilean Cabernet Sauvigon offers a plush, rich tasting experience with notes of black cherry and plum, with “savory nuances,” the winemakers say, of smoke and dried peppers. A moderately priced wine, it goes well with meats and features a small drawing of a cow on the label.