2009 Little James' Basket Press: Definite secondary wine, if that
nov. 7, 2010: we brought home the last quarter of the 2006 santedame chianti classico, finished it and decided we could stand to open another. so we tried this little james' basket press solera, which in all fairness was better than the other one we had opened more than a month ago after buying it at sahara mart in bloomington. greg's immediate reaction was to a nose that reminded him of a barnyard, while the flavor was both sweet and sour cherry. i thought the nose was tannic and a bit sour. the flavor was not very distinctive, but it reminded me of a malbec without the roughness. this is a secondary wine, definitely, but not one that i'd get again. 13.5 percent alcohol.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.